After a night of re-watching the "fastest man alive" (Usain Bolt) and the greatest Olympian of all time (Michael Phelps), I just have a few thoughts.
First, I have to tell you all about a trip my wife and I took to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We made a special point to hit up the Met because of an exhibit they were running which featured superheros, their costumes and how they've influenced fashion and culture.
Both my wife and I wanted to see this exhibit because it appealed to both of us: Becky because she is very cultured and thoughtful, and me because deep down below the surface I am a very nerdy comic book geek.
Anyway, the exhibit used a lot of different superheros, but one of the most interesting to me was Flash. Flash, as you'll recall, has super speed and is a part of the Justice League.
I bring this up because the museum exhibit made an interesting point about Flash. Flash, they said, is quickly becoming a non-hero. We humans are bridging the gap that made Flash so special and are quickly making super speed obsolete. As evidence, the museum collected pieces of fashion that evolved over time to make humans faster: the bullet swimming suits, different pieces of athletic gear, etc.
I thought about this exhibit while watching Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps tonight. These are the fastest athletes in the world at their respective sports, but one can only wonder: How long will their super speed last?
Year after year seemingly unbreakable records get broken. Every Olympics bring with them new superstars. Times keep getting lower and lower, and everyone that witnesses these speedsters are left in a wake of awe, thinking these times will never get any lower.
But they always do.
They call Usain Bolt, winner of the 100 meters, the "fastest man alive." But his unbeatable time will be beaten eventually. But when? And who?
Flash is shaking in his boots right now.
PS- Phelps is the new Poseidon. What he finished tonight was incredible.