Dakar Rally 2015 is over, and foremost, I want to congratulate all those who have finished, and especially to those who have won in their respective categories.
But without diminishing the effort and sporting value, I would like to take this moment to raise some questions as deeper reflection further the purely sporting side, because if we want good answers, we need to ask good questions. Excuse me if I am wrong in some question or if I affect any sensitivity:
- The sport has to be just an entertainment and show, or also has to transmit values?
- Oil is the leading cancer of our planet. If we love motor racing, why don't we fight to reduce the importance of fossil fuels, and promote alternative energies that will make us enjoy the same and avoid promoting a disease that is polluting us all?
- Motor racing has to be just performance and speed, or has to be a test lab for innovation in the service of society?
- Many participants are there to get a great satisfaction and fulfillment overcoming the toughest motor race in the world, but ... have them ever wondered what value are they bringing to the world beyond their individual happiness?
- Who is the real winner: whoever runs much and does not know where he is going, or the one who thinks carefully where we go or should go, and struggle to advance in that direction even slower?
- The target (fun and show) always justifies the means?
- Isn't there any limit of values in adventure or sport activities?
- As the main sponsor of the winners of all categories corresponds to a drink that is a real chemistry shit that promotes only a superficial lifestyle, and anyone, with minimal intelligence, would give to their children, I wonder: Is there any participant who cares about the values associated with the brands they have in their clothes or vehicle?- For the 655 participants in the Dakar (between drivers and co-drivers), all assistance and all the fans, I would ask them to think just a little while in the following two questions: How do I want the world to be for my children? What am I willing to do to make it happen?