Arsenal are not the only team in the world - Richard Dawkins and the PsychologicalExplosions In The Sky - Your Hand In Mine
Shinichi Osawa - Main Street Electrical Parade
Lupe Fiasco - I'm Beaming
Fake Blood - I Think I Like It
I think vision, perspective and security are three things that cloud a person's direction throughout time. Anthropologists and Evolutionary scientists will simplistically, fairly reductivistically (to coin a word) say it's inherent of our tribal inheritance. I don't think it's that simple at all.
Psychologically we are (or cognitively) attracted to something familiar, to the familiar (to noun the adjective) and we are attracted to what is familiar because we have semanticised around that, whatever that is that is familiar. So to argue against the anthropological/Evolutionary perspective - look at the world today as we have the means, the ability, to move and travel or even for those stagnant, to view the world through TV and the stories inherent there - doesn't this just immediately disprove all the Evolutionary nonsense that Richard Dawkins so gleefully masturbates over?
OK, even my simple paragraph may not be enough in the world of academics where you have to scratch backs and lay obeisance to tradition and publicity of yourself but let's face it - even tribes moved and shifted so there is a contradiction in evolution there. Maybe, well I guess people just love to give the Religious amongst us a hard time because they are so happy and so ready to tell others how happy they are and flexible to mingle with those around them - especially those neglected.
Maybe this is what people really hate.
Don't we all in our little tribes just hate to be told that we are wrong? Especially when you are in a tribe it just makes it harder to swallow and I guess the life of a football fan is harder when all you have are the unholy trinity of football - win, lose, draw.
I, therefore, wonder when an Arsenal fan sees a great player in another team, behave and perform like Arsenal players, how does that feel when the club are continuously branding and exposing themselves as beautiful and amazing? That must hurt a lot considering Arsenal have not won anything significant for a while. It's a difficult logic to digest when Arsenal are feeding a different logic altogether. So I do propose that Arsenal, being unlike any other club is doing a gross dis-service to their fans.
All this will change when we have new owners and a new manager and in a couple of years time when the economy of the world is further away from the effects of the early 21st century.
Camera Obscura - Honey In The Sun