In sports today, there is a sincere issue with players becoming very selfish. As a result of many athletes acting selfish, they ultimately forget about the most important aspect, which is the team. Many amazing players in different types of sports lose their greatness by forgetting about the team and merely being self interested. Players being selfish is most evident in players asking for more money and also by the way they play on the court or the field. When teams come together and eliminate the selfish attitude, they eventually play better and understand how it is to truly win as a team. Regardless of skill, the teams that play cohesive and as a team always succeed more. In Rousseau’s social contract, he explains a major issue with human nature which connects to the issue in sports. The major issue Rousseau conveys about human nature is that humans simply get caught up with society, thus become selfish. Meaning, people just worry about themselves and not the rest of society. Therefore in order to avoid this, Rousseau provides a brilliant solution through his social contract. Rousseau conveys that in order to eliminate the selfishness from humanity, there must be a democratic contract so that people work together. The ideas of Rousseau show that in order to be successful, people must work together, thus teams must truly play as a team. To show an example of a team that follows the solution to selfishness of Rousseau, the Chicago Bulls provide a great example.
Although selfishness is a major issue in sports, the Chicago bulls truly define what a team is. For a couple years now, their best player, Derrick Rose has been out with two knee injuries for both seasons.
The injuries to Derrick Rose forced the Bulls to play without the player that the team was built around. Despite losing their best player, the bulls came together, played very well, and made the playoffs both years. This example of the bulls playing without their star shows that even though their star got injured, the team was still able to play well. The Bulls convey the ideals of Rousseau because the Bulls prove what it means to be a team with no star player. Another example of the Bulls conveying the democratic ideals of Rousseau is what happened this year during a preseason game. As Derrick Rose, who is now playing this season, went up for a layup and fell to the ground, the entire team went to make sure he was fine. Not only did the players on the floor see if Derrick Rose was fine, but the entire bench got up and ran over to Rose.
All of the players getting up to help Rose is extremely amazing to see. This act by the Bulls truly shows how devoted they are to the team and how they truly care about each other, not just about themselves. The Bulls truly convey Rousseau’s ideas because they show that they need to work together in order to succeed. Sports players need to follow the example of the Bulls and play as team.