Awakening the Sleeping Soccer Giant
The line often attributed to Japanese Naval Marshal General Isoroku Yamamoto following his brilliantly conceived, executed, and successful attack on the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941 might be an ironic bridge to July 5, 2015."I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."
This was the final line of the 1970 film Tora, Tora, Tora. Indeed, the Japanese struck first and ferociously in 1941. Much in the same way that the United States Women's World Cup Soccer Team struck first and ferociously against the Japanese in Vancouver last Sunday.
Four years ago, the Japanese Women's World Cup Soccer Team defeated the United States Women's World Cup Soccer Team. In doing so, it would appear that they awakened a sleeping giant and filled her with a terrible resolve. That's certainly how it appeared during the first 16 minutes of the World Cup final in Vancouver.
The United States struck first, second, third, and fourth; unquestionably dominating the first 16 minutes or so of the contest. The Japanese, however, won the balance of the game by a score of 2-1, proving that their giant could awaken as well. In the end, the Americans broke the model of the Second World War, when Japan stuck first, and the United States struck last in victory.
The Americans staged a Pearl Harbor of their own on Sunday afternoon by striking first and they struck last in victory; perhaps hearing a second wake-up call during the sluggish middle of the match.
We can be happy that contests between nations can be played on an athletic field more often than they are played out over cities and battlefields where the consequences are beyond description, such as the conflict between the United States and Japan between 1941 and 1944.
We can also be positively affirmed that most of us have a sleeping giant inside that can be awakened. Our personal and professional potential as human beings is not nearly exhausted. In fact, for most people, it is barely tapped. It's said that someone as brilliant as Albert Einstein used less than ten percent of his brain.
Neuroscience or neuro-fantasy notwithstanding, the human race is expanding knowledge at an unprecedented rate as well as capturing knowledge at an unprecedented rate. From the individual to the population of a planet, individual giants and a global giant are coming to life. The question now is, "Where will we find the wonderful resolve to make every person's life and the well-being of our planet better by using our so-far undeveloped potential?"