National events like the Super Bowl can be moments of cultural unity, say some OurValues.org readers:
Rebekah Scott, a Pittsburgh native now in rural Spain, said, “I believe the NFL and other regional sports franchises are a positive form of tribalism. In a world where no one lives in the same place he was born, having a ‘home town’ is an important source of stability.”
“There is obviously a unity to this event since it’s annually one of the most watched in our country, said R.J. Luedke, a former football player and NFL fan. “But it’s become a sort of ‘forced unity.’ By that I mean, not an event occurring which sort of naturally brings the country together ‘unexpectedly’ like Obama’s acceptance speech this year at the DNC.”
David Crumm felt he “missed something” because he didn’t participate in a family gathering for the Super Bowl, though no one is a big sports fan. In response to David’s comment, Kathy Macdonald said, “The Super Bowl is as much about hundreds of thousands of small ‘communities’ we all become a part of once a year.”
“I just don’t look at the Super Bowl as a cultural uniter as much as I used to,” said Brian Krenz. “It was a good excuse to party.”
These reflections on the Super Bowl lead me to ask: What are the big cultural unifiers?
9/11 was one. Obama’s election was another, at least for many Americans. I remember Vietnam – that wasn’t one.
What big cultural unifiers come to mind?
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