Sport is a seductive metaphor (life as a game in which we gain victory through
hard work, discipline, and visualizing success), but the older metaphor of farming
(life as hard labor that is subject to weather and quirks of blind fate and
may return no reward whatsoever and don't be surprised) is still in our blood,
especially those of us raised on holy scriptures.
— Garrison Keillor in National
Geographic, July 2009, p.74.
The truth of the human situation is twofold and will ever remain so. We are
both powerful and powerless in the face of nature. Our goal must be to bring
out the best in both us and it.
— First Sociology, 1982,