By Francesco Duina

Most people are taught from a tender age to be winners and stay away from being losers. yet what does it suggest to win or lose? And why can we care lots? Does successful make us chuffed? Winning undertakes an unheard of research of profitable and wasting in American society, what we're quite after as we fight to win, our collective ideals approximately winners and losers, and lots more and plenty more.

Francesco Duina argues that victory and loss usually are not endpoints or ultimate locations yet gateways to whatever of mammoth significance to us: the confirmation of our position on the earth. yet Duina additionally indicates that festival is not going to supply us with the solutions we'd like. successful and wasting are synthetic and logically fallacious suggestions that positioned us at odds with the realm round us and, eventually, ourselves. Duina explores the social and mental results of the language of festival in American culture.

basically fascinated by our shared obsessions approximately profitable and wasting, Winning proposes a brand new way of thinking for a way we will be able to pursue our desires, and, in a extra fulfilling means, locate our right position within the world.

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Players must have a clear, focused mind capable of enduring hours and days of stress. At tournaments, the tension in the air is truly palpable. When the stakes are high, journalists and the media watch every move, every expression, every hesitation. It follows that the generalization process is, to a certain extent, logical and fair.

They have just emerged into the bright light of hope and fresh air of freedom. It will take time for them to adjust to this new landscape—but, all things considered, they are doing rather well. S. Department of Defense 2003a)2 Rumsfeld’s speech to the troops at Baghdad’s Airport on April 30 of the same year, six weeks after the invasion, echoed the same worldview: What you have accomplished is truly remarkable. You’ve rescued a nation, you’ve liberated a people, you’ve deposed a cruel dictator, and you’ve ended his threat to free nations.

Unlike the losers, who have some painful homework to do, winners need not spend much time agonizing over the past in search of their errors. If interested in winning again, they will surely revisit their performance to identify what they did, or did not do, correctly. But this will be a relatively pleasant exercise—a matter of refining what already worked well. It will be a question of adjustments and fine-tuning, rather than of searching for serious faults and revamping. The winner may even think about the past with some humility, but this will be without the guilt and sense of failure that plague the loser.

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