Some people need to get out more!
My overseas friends may not know. but in the UK just now the big news this week has been the unpopular, newly unveiled Olympic logo.
The BBC website tells us they received over 600 alternative logos and more than 10,000 messages about the controversial new logo, which was unveiled on Monday.
Organisers of the 2012 London Olympics have been forced to defend the new logo following widespread public criticism. And an online petition against the logo has closed after its creator said he realised it was “here to stay”. In two days 48,615 people added their names to the call for the controversial logo to be scrapped.
It cost Â£400,000 and took the best part of a year to be devised. Based on the figures 2012 and supposedly inspired by graffiti artists, the image was hailed as “dynamic” and “vibrant” by organisers.
Design guru Stephen Bayley condemned it as “a puerile mess, an artistic flop and a commercial scandal”.
Yes this is the news that seems to consume some people. Not fears that the crazies will bomb Iran, but the Olympic logo. Not the martyrdom of the Turkish Christians in April, but the Olympic logo. Not the the row over the planned US missile defence shield, or the G8 grappling with the issue of climate change and the US not wanting to play, not the end of the world scheduled for November 26 2007, but the Olympic logo.
The Olympic logo!?
It all reminds me of the story reported a few days ago of a railwayman from Poland who has awoken after a 19-year coma to discover communism has been swept away and the shops are full of food. Jan Grzebski, 65, was in his mid-forties living under a regime of food shortages when he slipped into the coma. He was hit by a train in 1988 and was given only two years to live by doctors.
‘When I went into a coma there was only tea and vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol queues were everywhere,’
he told the Polish news channel TVN24.
‘Now I see people on the streets with cell phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin. What amazes me is all these people who walk around with their mobile phones and never stop moaning – I’ve got nothing to complain about.’
I wonder what he or his wife would think of the fuss over the Olympic logo?
Jan’s most lavish praise is reserved for his wife. It was his wife Gertruda who continued to care for him and never lost hope that he would recover consciousness. For 19 years she tended his every need. Gertruda turned her husband in his bed every hour to prevent sores.
Every hour for 19 years!?
Gertruda’s dedication challenges me about what I think is important and what I believe I am truly called to. I often feel the pressure of the world around me to be pressed into its mould of easiness, comfort and avoidance of sacrifice (see Romans 12:1,2).
Meanwhile I pray, “Lord, Thy Kingdom come, They will be done…” And I don’t mention the logo.