Re: What is the difference in what Kraft said and Agon said?????
posted at 10/24/2011 4:54 PM EDT
A-Gon's statement is one of the most overblown of all the ridicoulously overblown aspects of this collapase drama. The concept that "God's Plan" is the ultimate arbiter of events doesn't absolve anyone of responsibility for the course of events. It is just a notion as old as time and spanning many mythologies and cultures, that there is a hand of fate that is the ultimate abriter of how s*&t goes down. You know, destiny. And the thing about it is that you can't know it beforehand. So, you still have to do what you do. But, it has been very common for human beings to look back at how things unfolded and say "I guess that was destiny". It doesn't absolve responsibility. In many mythologies, personal or societal , there is an intricate dance between Will and Destiny. You have to actualize your own destiny, but, in most mythologies, the final arbiter is God or whatever. So, Adrian looking back and saying it was not in God's plan just seemed, to me, to be acknowledging that God is at work in our destinies. Which, if you believe in God, makes sense. ***
In my mind, it is the same thing as when player's point to the sky after hitting home runs or say that they are "blessed" with their great skills and life. This is saying it is God's Plan that they had success or are succesful. Same thing. No big deal. Annoying. but, no big deal.
I actually think it speaks to the nutso mindset of the Boston media and Sox fans that his words could even be misconstrued in the way they have been misconstrued. You really have to WANT to lynch somebody if you can read his words and make the leap to "well, I don't care because it wasn't our destiny anyway". Really? You don't give this guy the benefit of the doubt?
Now, if he was being excoriated because it is annoying when athletes contsantly prosthelitize or thank The Man Upstairs, hey, I'm in. But, this Gonzo statement is completely misconstrued and overblown. No big deal.
*** For useful analysis on the matter of man vs. fate in control of action, see Star Wars, episodes 3-5: Luke Skywalker.