In a well-written Sports Illustrated piece, Jack McCallum looks at how enhancement pervades American culture, in sports, in the arts -- in almost all aspects of life. A nation on dope. A Steroid Nation.
We are a nation on dope.
We are a nation looking for enhancement, a way to age gracefully, perform better and longer, and, at the outer edge, vanquish what was once considered that alltime undefeated opponent known as aging. We do that by Botoxing our wrinkles, lifting our faces, reconstructing our noses, despidering our veins, tucking our tummies, augmenting our breasts and taking a little pill to make sure we're ready when, you know, the right time presents itself. We also do it by injecting human growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone, America's new golden pharmaceutical couple...
The truth is, sports do not define the culture -- they reflect it. Society's image of the ideal body is shaped largely by forces outside the chalked lines. And the belief that life can be improved, even extended, by drugs comes not from sports but from the burgeoning field known as antiaging medicine.
This is good stuff. We should take the time to analyze this article, however right now, we can only point you to the SI site to read the work.
We point out that the steroids/PED/HGH aspect may only be the tip of the iceberg on this issue. How far will enhancement - drug, hormonal, cosmetic, surgical, silicone -- take humans? Will we be cyborgs in the future, part man, part machine, part materials, part hormones?
(and by the way, we have a small quote in the article, but by far the most profound quote -- OK not all that profound...but it is small)