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Beyond winning and losing

Human fulfillment can't be defined in terms of what one has won or achieved

“Losing sucks,” shouts a billboard in 10-foot letters along a road I travel to work. Crudely, but accurately, it reflects a faith that disfigures our lives and relationships.

Our culture has a love affair with competition — and winning. We've all heard of "the agony of defeat" — and felt it. Second place, we were reminded during the Olympics, is losing. Swimmer Michael Phelps wins eight Olympic medals: six gold — and two bronze for third-place finishes, which commentators labeled "losses." Excuse me?


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