“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death (…) I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” Anfield’s legend Bill Shankly would often use provocation and teasing to pass an important message. His famous quote’s aim was not to diminish the struggles of life (after all, Shankly knew them first hand, having worked at a coal mine and having served at RAF during WW2), but to make a point about the virtues that are required to succeed in sports: discipline, dedication, a sharp mind, vision, and relentless effort.
Sports is a privileged field when it comes to studying heroism. It is an area in our society where heroic deeds are still celebrated. So, what can sports teach as about heroism? Is it rational that sports bring out such strong emotions to people, such as tears of sorrow and joy? And why do we celebrate heroes in sports, but treat champions in other areas of life, such as business, with cynicism?
Join us for a discussion on sports and heroism with Dr Andrew Bernstein, philosopher and author of ‘Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters’.