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Also, major league professional athletes:

  1. are unionized workers who collectively bargained for their wages

  2. are disproportionately black men who grew up in disadvantaged neighborhoods

  3. pay the labor tax rate, unlike other rich guys who usually pay a far lower tax rate because their income comes from investments, not labor

Nobody should buy into the narrative that pro athletes are "entitled millionaires". They're not. They're union workers who earned everything they have through their labor.

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You get complaints like this because of this idea that all labor should be "valuable" in specific ways that the one complaining believes they should be.

Entertainment has value and they should be fairly compensated based on the value they provide. They're paid a lot because very few people can do what they do.

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Also they compress their earnings into 3-5 years, unless you’re one of the best.

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Entitled millionaires do not get concussions on a semi frequent basis. Edit* to support that.

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Also 99% of pro athletes aren’t entitled multi millionaires but rather young guys playing for a few years for pretty good but not permanently life changing money, risking short and long term harm before being dumped out of the field before they are 30 years old.

They are NOT the enemy

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2) are disproportionately black men who grew up in disadvantaged neighborhoods

This is becoming less and less the norm. Sports camps, private coaches, travel leagues, and equipment are all expensive. You're seeing a lot more incoming pros who grew up middle class or better because the kids with access to all of the above have big advantages.

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Still 1 percenters not all but a lot of them. stop toting the union rule.

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You can come from a disadvantaged neighborhood and still be an entitled millionaire. Particularly when the “work you put in” is playing a game made for children. Most of these “disadvantaged” people have been treated like royalty since they were freshmen in high school.

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· 4 mo. ago · edited 4 mo. ago

For tons of people sports is really one of the only ways to "make it" outside of crime. I've heard this in the context of Brazilian favelas and soccer. I've also heard this sometimes about American projects, where it's usually worded "sports or hip hop".

Not that it isn't a deeply problematic system in many, many ways, nor that athletes don't hold privilege over other people. But they are definitely not the face of evil when it comes to the entire sports industry (often actually being victims of it). Those are the assholes powerful enough to stay out of the spotlight.

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I like to think about all the failed athletes that worked and sacrificed just as hard to end up with nothing

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Depends on the sport, motorsports drivers are non-union in every one I follow. And depending on the sport, they're technically getting paid but are in return paying the team more than they make, either directly or via sponsors.

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It pisses me off when people complain about athletes wages. They are paid typically 50% ish of revenue. Would complainers rather more be pocketed by billionaire owners??

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The only sport (atleast in North America) that doesn't have a large amount of black players is hockey.

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4) get paid a ton to essentially destroy their brains with CTE. https://www.science.org/content/article/ninety-nine-percent-ailing-nfl-player-brains-show-hallmarks-neurodegenerative-disease

Goes back to the argument if you'd be willing to pay for millions of dollars with your health. Some would - poor people disproportionately - because the alternative is already risking your health with dangerous jobs, poor working conditions and stress.

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super based

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· 4 mo. ago · edited 4 mo. ago

Strap in, because this was long enough that I had to cut and paste the TL;DR in the reply to this comment. Feel free to skip directly to that, but I genuinely hope that anyone interested in self-improvement and relieving their internal struggles will read through the entire post. In fact, everyone may as well read the tldr first, to see if this resonates or not

Not only that, but do you know how fucking hard it is to become a professional athlete? Just shy of 1% of NFL prospects actually even make it into the league and they have all invested more time in the weight room, and on the field than most people have invested in using the restroom, which is something that every single person is forced to do every single day of their lives, usually multiple times

If you only use the restroom once per day or so, to urinate, please drink more water. It will not only help your cognitive abilities but will help you be less anxious, grumpy, or {insert unpleasant emotion here}, which will help other people not get sucked into the negative feedback loop that is every emotion relying upon the belief that there is some external force that requires you to protect yourself.

Plus, no kidney stones. My father passed a few when I was about 16, and since he was going to school to become a mortician, he had access to a microscope, so when he passed them, he caught them in a sieve and showed them to us under a microscope. I knew they were pretty horrible, from his screaming, but seeing what looked like tiny sand dollar teeth, but with even more spikes, and knowing those came out of his urethra, made me immediately purchase and carry around a gallon of water with me everyday, which I consume at least once over the course of my wakefulness.

Additionally, I used to be a quite anxious individual, but since maintaining proper hydration, I find myself being more calm and collected then I ever thought possible, naturally. I legitimately assumed that everyone who acted continuously cool in the face of pressure, sorrow, or any other uncomfortable situations, was simply putting on a facade, to make other people think more highly of them, which I now realize is likely not the case, for most people.

Once you get your physical house in order, metaphorically, you can then begin applying any psychological disciplines you have encountered (of which I would highly suggest Carl Jung's idea of integrating the parts of your consciousness that you are not aware of, especially the parts that you have tried to erase, into conscious awareness, through a process he called self-actualization. This is a process that I genuinely and wholeheartedly believe everyone would benefit from undertaking) significantly more effectively, with a lot less pitfalls.

For anyone interested in, the process starts with continuous introspection, which has also been referred to as mindfulness or walking meditation. It is essentially just attempting to catch yourself every time you have a thought or emotion, and figuring out where it came from, and why it is there.

The next step is this identification with those thoughts and feelings, remembering that you are not those things, but the awareness that sees them, similar to how the sky is not made up of the clouds that occasionally occupy it. Through this process, one is more effectively able to choose which thoughts and feelings they engage with, rather than being sucked into particularly intense ones, and allowing them to dictate your behaviors, which is the exact opposite of free will.

When one has used this introspection to become aware of the root causes of these thoughts and feeling, one begins digging through the baggage of one's past, in order to fully integrate all of these thoughts, feelings, and the beliefs that I have been generated by them, in order to no longer be a slave to one's own subconscious mind. To be very clear, integration is not the removal of these things, but the acceptance that they are there, that they were originally manifested and held on to because they served a beneficial purpose, and thanking them for their service, but realizing you no longer need these programs to run within your mental operating system. You have to become aware of them first, though, because that which is unknown as no way of doing anything other than what it was programmed to do, which in the case of these thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, is manifesting behaviors.

I think the ultimate reason for this process of introspection that leads to self-actualization is actually the fact that human beings are very shitty at perceiving reality. Not only are our five senses incredibly limited, even just in terms of the electromagnetic spectrum we know, but all our perceptions are continuously colored by our preconceived notions, biases, and beliefs, that all operate within the same unconscious fear of our mental universe. Until they are identified, and worked through, one is stuck proceeding reality with what I think is best made analogous to heavily tinted drunk goggles.

After all, the ego really doesn't like to see itself as potentially doing anything better than perfect, so it will even project its perceived shortcomings on to other individuals, through a process named projection. If you start seeing a specific trait that you are not fond of in a bunch of individuals, I would highly suggest looking inwards, and seeing how you are behaving in that manner. This way of thinking has been honestly the most beneficial undertaking I have ever brought upon myself. It's like finding out that within you is another individual, and instead of fighting with it, becoming such good friends with it that you literally become one cohesive unit.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk. Lol Know thyself so holy that there is not a single patch of existence that is beyond your conscious awareness, and in the keys to the universe shall be found within the newly illuminated spaces. Not to mention, with your subconscious being cleared of all of that information it was constantly attempting to bring to your attention, it is free to do what it does best, which is generating new inspirations or perspectives.

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Make no mistake, for someone to become a professional athlete they have to work very very very hard, and usually from a young age. As far as goal setting you had better have that shit figured out way before any other career path. It's unlike any other profession in a sense that the work put in is in addition to the standard work the world expects of you all the way up through college. I think people tend to forget that.

So. many. hours. Of pure unbridled work and focus to get to that level.

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Only 2 professional sport leagues are disproportionately black men and you don’t know that most of them grew up in disadvantaged neighborhoods that’s just a straight up assumption lol a lot of them grew up with money.

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