Football et philosophie

Gooooal!!! Sérénité divine, ou brûlure infernale, selon l'équipe qui marque : la nôtre ou la leur. Comment la trajectoire d'une balle peut-elle être responsable de tant de bonheur ou de douleur ? J'ai passé des semaines assis devant mon téléviseur à regarder la Coupe du Monde. Ma femme menace de divorcer et de prendre d'autres mesures disciplinaires. Quelle est la source de cette attraction, de cette magie ?

Le monde du jeu est notre perpétuel jardin d'Eden. On peut à tout moment délaisser notre réalité pour la liberté, l'innocence et le bonheur du jeu. Le foot et le jardin d'Eden ? Qu'ont-ils en commun ?

Chacun définit une sphère sacrée de liberté et d'ordre, d'innocence, de spiritualité et de justice par rapport à notre monde quotidien chaotique, esclavagiste, injuste et culpabilisant. L'échiquier, le court de tennis, le terrain de foot : dans leur périmètre, nous nous sentons libres, parce qu'en ces lieux, c'est nous qui décidons des règles sans être soumis à la loi de fer du monde extérieur. On s'y sent innocent, aussi, parce que le monde du jeu est aussi un monde d'innocence : un jardin d'Eden d'avant la chute. Là nous pouvons être puérils et égoïstes, nous pouvons assouvir notre besoin de réussite, de puissance et de domination, et tout cela sans aucune culpabilité.

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