Canadian Olympic ecstasy
By Michael Moriarty
First Nations were the obvious foundation of the opening day celebration for Winter Olympics, 2010.
The tacit question beneath that priority might be, by the end of the breathtaking son et lumiere drama unfolding before the world's viewing audience: "Wouldn't you like to see the universe as First Nations do?"
The first two major distinctions of life within the First Nations' vision appeared to be those fish beneath the earth and the birds above the oceans.
It is a story echoed in the Book of Genesis.
The story of Creation seen through human eyes appears to be universal.
"Let us determine what is human and what is not."
All too soon, however, it is shown to us that what is most human is the desire to experience what it is like to be the fish in the sea and the birds in the air.
This seemingly impossible wish, of course, reveals the essential energy beneath that ecstasy of the human soul, that inspiration so blissfully displayed in the Olympics: doing things and seeing things which Mankind has neither done nor seen before.
The Olympian as astronaut!
I had the once-in-a-lifetime privilege to not only be in western Canada when the Torch was lit … but to have spent the last, intensely dramatic, fifteen years of my existence wandering the entire Canadian continent.
Although I almost lost my life from a beating handed to me by young braves of a local tribe, I consider the experience a running of the gauntlet, a kind of initiation to Canadian priorities which few Americans have had the, in this case, questionable privilege of experiencing.
The agonies and ecstasies of life were similarly displayed at the beginning of The Games. There was death on the luge track!
A minute of silence was given in honor of the Georgian who died from a horrifying collision in the middle of his training race.
Never, I believe, have the dangers of Winter Olympic Competition been so self-evident and indicative of the essential courage and fearlessness required to compete on any level in the Winter Olympics.
Yes, to go where Man has never gone before!
That was the unrelenting pulse of the opening day celebration! A journey that would, amidst our achievements, constantly remind us of our mortality.
The most moving moment for the meaning of Canada, however, came with the Gold Medal victory of the Canadian moguls athlete, Alexandre Bilodeau. Immediately following that victory, we shared his older brother Frédéric's ecstasy over the win. It was an immediate reminder of the bliss we all experienced in the son et lumiere.
Alexandre's older brother was visibly handicapped by cerebral palsy.
His bliss was our Canadian ecstasy, exploded even further by the obvious love and inspiration that existed between the two brothers. One a mature competitor and the other a worshipper of life itself.
There really can't be one without the other.
The elite, however … yes, the know-it-alls of the environmentally obsessed New World Order would have wanted that ecstatic brother aborted!
Hmmm … and that for me, of course, would mean the eventual end of heaven on earth.
Yes, indeed, the end of love itself.
As Christ said, "Unless you become like little children, you shall not see the kingdom of heaven."
Canadian Olympic Ecstasy?
Heaven on earth!!
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get weekly updates about new issues of ESR!