Here we are.
An election year – that’s not appealing. Wars continue – awful beyond words. And there’s this spreading sense the fabric of America is unraveling, that meanness on social media is completely out of control, that we’re addicted to insidious algorithms, and about to be overtaken by AI technology that will be smarter than us.
It’s unsettling and easy to be pessimistic. Is American life in a downward spin that none of us can control? Is democracy, American freedom, and truth just about over? What is going on in this world?
I could keep asking these questions and not give you answers because I don’t have them. But I know this and it’s positive and inspirational and a concrete reminder that despite all the problems life continues to bring us treasures.
The treasure is Caitlin Clark who is, in my view, a shining example of all that we love about being alive because she’s so great at what she does, shooting and passing and dribbling a basketball, and complimenting her teammates, and being a role model worth admiring.
A savant and a prodigy born out on America’s central core, Iowa, Clark stands out among the clutter and confusion and brings clarity and hope to us all that there are inspiring people in this world who work at becoming great and achieve that and aren’t jerks about it.
She’s already one of the best women to ever play basketball, and it’s looking like when her University of Iowa college career ends this Spring she’ll cement herself as the best ever. We’re now living at a time when this person is playing basketball at a level so lofty that it’s genius. From long range, 30 feet, swish. Over and over. Her average of 31 points per game doesn’t begin to explain her greatness.
There are so many statistics and records she’s setting. She possesses so many rare skills. The superlatives aren’t enough, though.
It’s really not even a question of greatness. It’s about watching her go through the rest of the season dazzling us like some crazy talented athlete like Michael Jordan once did. So far, she’s having a more impressive college career than Jordan did, and he’s the undisputed best hooper ever. That’s telling.
Her story is beautiful different and compelling. It’s not confusing or misleading. It’s not mean and scary. It’s not about taking over the human race or invading other countries or lying to voters.
It’s a woman doing something we’ve never seen before and never will again once she’s done. Superstars of her caliber aren’t replicable.
There’s only one Caitlin Clark forever.
In this world overloaded with stuff that makes us feel worried wary and hurt, she makes us all feel better.
There won’t be a bigger and more fascinating story of hope in people and that life is still great from now through the March Madness tournament that I hope she wins.
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