Blue, yellow, black, green, and red. Simple colors to many, but to few they are a sign of unity, a sign of peace, and a sign of joy. These colors represent a united world, a world that does not have the barriers of race, language, and hate to separate it. This world may seem distant, it may seem like a thing of fantasy thought up by John Lennon, but it is a reality that we have the privilege of witnessing every 2 years. Every two years we witness the world come together and live in peace and harmony for 17 days. Although many may think of these 2 weeks as a fantasy, many others have come to know them as the Olympics. Despite problems that threaten to undermine these ideals of peace and tranquility, we must support these games that can miraculously unite an entire world. The Olympic games began as a man’s dream to break down the barriers race, and reestablish an ancient sporting event to showcase one’s skill to the world. They have, however, evolved into something more than that, they have evolved into an opportunity for government of countries to assert their power and dominance, for corporate giants to expand their paychecks, and for athletes to unfairly win fame in their countries. These detriments to such a beautiful system, however, can be fixed, but something that can perhaps never be fixed or found again is a way to unite the world in perfect harmony. There may never again be another way to unite countries from Asia to the Americas in peace and harmony, there may never be another way for elite athletes to showcase their skills to the entire world, and their may never be another way to break down the barriers of hate that constrict our world so tightly. Steroids have a strong presence in the Olympic games, and have ruined... ... middle of paper ... ...mes are not the games, if the most elite and modern facilities are not used. Would you rather run a race on a gravel track or a state of the art, brand new rubber asphalt track? All in all the Olympics an incredible symbol of the world’s ability to be united no matter the circumstances. They should be thought of as something essential to our ever-struggling world, and not thought of as something that can be thrown out of the window whenever they falter. No matter the cheating, no matter the government intervention, and no matter the money involved, the Olympics will always carry the same ideals they carried when Baron Pierre de Coubertin thought them up. They will always glorify the idea of all nations coming together in peace for one cause, they will always serve as a symbol of unity to a divided world, and they will always be something that is worth fighting for.
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