Needless to say, that did not go over particularly good. This lead to an intense discussion on the "everybody wins" mentality which seems to be overtaking America. In youth sports, everyone gets recognition. We don't keep scores to distinguish "losers" because that would damage their fragile self-esteem.
Several years ago, there was a movement in the American educational system towards "creative (or inventive) spelling." The general concept is that as long as the word is "phonetically" correct, it does not matter the letters used: for example: "k-a-t" for cat or "g-h-o-t-i" for fish (gh as in enough, o as in women, and ti as in constitution). This is wrong, if just being phonetically correct was enough, why do we have dictionaries? Anyway, I digress. To me it is the equivalent of Nietzsche's philosophy of "Perspectivism" from Beyond Good and Evil which states truths (and by proxy the concepts of right and wrong) are merely in the perspective of the pursuer of the truth. It is the "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" argument.
Heaven forbid we actually use opportunities to demonstrate the reality of life that there are right or wrong actions (especially when requirements are succinctly laid out in a position description. There should be consequences to failing to perform at the required level, and should not celebrate just doing enough to get by. We should make every effort to excel at what we do; not just in sports, but in our chosen career fields, our families, our education, our service, and our worship.
The basic theme is displayed in the Bible. In Luke 17:7-10, we read:
"But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do."The message to me seems to be don't expect praise or recognition for simply doing your job. We should strive for excellence in our person and all we do. I do not expect reward when I am just getting by, but then neither do I when I am performing above and beyond expectations. I appreciate the pleasant surprise, but never expect it. I guess it is just part of who I am due to the era I was raised.
Do you expect reward or recognition for just doing your job? Or do you do your best to excel whether you are recognized or not?