Coubertin Quote for Dec, 21
Let us unite around this divine sphere, in order to maintain and protect it, for the world still needs it.Share
Baron Pierre de Coubertin was not talking about the Olympic Games when he uttered these words in a 1927 speech, but they apply in a remarkable way to his life’s work—and the five ringed sphere of hope the modern Olympic Games ultimately introduced to our world. He was addressing the Academy of Athens “On the Transformation and Spread of Historical Studies: Their Character and Consequences.” It was, of course, out of the Baron’s own historical studies—in combination with his observations of current trends—that the idea of reviving the Olympic Games emerged. Across the last century, the idea of the Olympics as a sphere of hope has been depicted in dramatic symbolic ways, such as this one from the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Games.
Quoting Eudoxia: “’Pythagoras believed that the sphere is the most perfect shape. One might say that Hellenism has progressed spherically, as though in concentric waves, toward all horizons at the same time, and always with the same combined rhythms of momentum and measure, knowledge and intuition.’ … Gentlemen, let us unite around this divine sphere, in order to maintain and protect it, for the world still needs it.”