Why are you drawn to Jeremy Lin? Maybe you’re not. I am. For all of my formative years I lived in New York or the New York City area, and I cheered for the team that bears my name. I still believe the best dunk of all time was John Starks, another surprise NBA star, exploding on the baseline and throwing one down on Michael Jordan and Horace Grant.
So, I admit to being caught up in the excitement. But, what is it about the Jeremy Lins and Tim Tebows that make us want to spend a small fortune on jerseys and tickets to see them play live? They’ve done amazing things, but there are things that are far more valuable to attract our attention. Dressing up in support of real heroes should translate into people walking around in a nun’s habit like Mother Theresa or in fatigues to emulate our military. But, we don’t (most of us, anyway).
Is it because, while we honor and respect those who make great sacrifices for others, we don’t really want to be like them? If we had the chance to be like Jeremy Lin, or for ladies who would love to be his vaLINtine, most of us would take it.
What do you think? I’m tossing this out there for a bit of research for my book. Thanks for helping out.