SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 16, September 2016 - Page 108

The Olympics are invaluable. In the two weeks they take place, borders disappear. The current climate of the world, volatile or not, fades. That's not to say significant national, world, or cultural events are ignored, but the sense that we are all part of that same globe pervades. Much of what divides us is rarely seen. Never will you see so many different flags raised during medal ceremonies, and watch as the entire crowd stands up out of respect and admiration for the triumphant athletes as their national anthem plays. Those in attendance are integrated into one area, willing to cheer on and meet others from different parts of the world. The Olympic Games demonstrate an attainable camaraderie and underline the notion that we actually are “citizens of the world.”