As the parallels between the socio-psychological currents stagnating the American economy and the paranoia-fueled activity of BCS Conference Realignment get eerily more similar by the day, we are compelled to take a step back to examine the philosophical inconsistencies in our American society. Greatness, in the storied history of the American economy and her universities, has been fueled by innovative minds whose independence and talent transcended the status quo and forced positive change aided by a framework of libertarianism.
Greed is the new manifesto, and not the kind of “greed” that makes an entrepreneur disrupt an entire industry standard. Instead, we have the greed that is fueled by special interest egos who are trying to protect what they currently have at the expense of long-term vision and the general good. Examination of Texas A&Ms desire to move to the SEC is analogous to the disconnect between our nation’s view of our health system(A&M thinking they are on a level with Texas and/or SEC football), it’s relatively low achievement in the developed world(essentially a 0.500 team in its Big 12 time) , and it’s relatively high cost (A&M will be giving up exit fees to join a league with, more or less, capped earnings for its members). Socialism is defining arguably the most quintessentially American institution as the one conference that dares have its members get rewarded largely based on their own merit is disintegrating while the other conferences based on equal pay survive.
Supporters of Texas A&M have traditionally been regarded as free-market libertarians in philosophy. Unfortunately, they are proving to be just like politicians and citizens that are causing the sorry current state of affairs, and giving up on the opportunity to find their own unique paths and define their own sense of self worth just to keep up with the Joneses (this is exactly how financial bubbles and credit card debt are born). Character is born of knowing thyself, following the righteous path, and not allowing envy to cloud one’s judgment.
Kudos and thanks to anyone who read this entire post, and I am sorry for just now mentioning that the real message is contained in the first letter of each sentence.