“Citius. altius, fortius” the latin motto of the modern Olympics is often translated, “Swifter, higher, stronger”. Possibly a more accurate translation of the motto for most modern day Olympians would be “Swiftest, Highest, Strongest”.
The ancient Olympics which began close to 3000 years ago in Greece were held in honor of Zeus, the father of the gods. Only citizens of Greek city-states could participate, athletes competed in the nude; (women were excluded) and winners received only an olive wreath. The Roman emperor Theodosius, a Christian, banned all festivals that honored Olympic gods in 394 AD and were not revived until in 1887, when they were organized as a way of promoting peace, friendship, and healthy sporting competition among the youth of the world. Women were allowed in four years later.
Perfection has the notion of being complete. Finished! The Perfect Score. You can’t get better. Next door to perfection is being first or better than any one else: “Going For Gold”. “Owning the Podium”, “Being Number One”. Then next door to being better than any one else is the notion of getting near number one spot: Pursuing Excellence, Being the Best that you can be. They all kind of have their appeal.
Surely such goals are loftier then simply “Getting better”, “Being Good” or “Having a meaningful and satisfactory life” let alone merely achieving peace, friendship or healthy sporting competition. Perfect, Best, Better, Good, and Satisfactory seems to be the natural order of desirability and those who disagree “Just simply can’t compete”. And yet KACL’s motto remains “A meaningful and satisfactory life for all”.