From Mark Twight at Gym Jones

Any valuable activity must feature objective measuring sticks and periodic tests wherein an individual may experience the certainty of his capacities. The bullshit limiter included in “Hemingway’s Three” (bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering) punishes self-delusion with injury or death. But any activity without clear rules or objective means of measure and comparison may be “interpreted” without consequence.

Events are misremembered and romanticized because the definition of success is ambiguous in the first place.

As a society we don’t test because we don’t want to know. This, when virtually every coach and player and thinker agree that losing teaches the lessons; while winning results from having learned (and applied) those lessons. Without tests or boundaries how is one supposed to grow?

Conscious rejection of objective measuring sticks and periodic tests suggests the decline and fall of mankind. Today we’re a species of pretenders, and wanna-bes, and (in this country) obesity.