Imagine if we started to lower standards beyond sport… in school, in the workplace, in society in general.
What if… instead of 80/100 being an A, we lower the standard to 60.
What if… instead of the current standards for entry into university, into medical school or engineering programs, we lower the standards to make sure anyone who wanted to ‘participate’ had the opportunity.
What if… instead of the blood alcohol limit prior to a DUI infraction, we eliminated the standard altogether.
What if… we simply lower standards until there were no standards. What then?
Well, like the triathletes racing at Ironman Texas we would have clowns as our medical professionals, as the architects designing our buildings, as the engineers building everything from our roads, bridges, to the cars and planes we depend on for safe travel, and speaking of safe travel… our roads would be hazardous to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians as drinking and driving would be without penalty.
When we lower standards we may make post secondary education, professions, sport more accessible and in the short term it may seem to be a win which comes without consequence. It isn’t a win, nor a sustainable solution in the long term because with lower standards eventually we lower them to the point that we start to regress as a society, devolving into lower and lower levels of existence. That is when stealing, cheating and lying become the acceptable norm.
When we push each other to deliver higher standards, challenging each other to be better than we were yesterday, expecting more from each other… that is when and how we advance.
We need to return to expecting more from one another.
We need to return to pushing ourselves.
We need to return to challenging ourselves and one another to be better, to do right.
We will be happier, healthier, and we will suffer less physical and mental disease when we return to living in line with our design: a design which requires us to continually develop, improve, grow, reaching for our fullest potential every day.