Not many things make me tear up with pride. But the Olympics do. Sure, on one hand, they are nothing more than a series of sporting events, but, on the other hand, they are so much more.
The Olympics represent hope. Nowhere else do we see every segment of humanity come together despite differences in race, religion and belief -- and come together peacefully. Aggressions and rivalries are worked out in a healthy, productive way. Participants are encourage to seek their personal best, that winning isn't everything. It's how the game is played that matters.
They also represent a place where equality exists. There are no social classes, no male superiority, no human-rights violations. The Olympics represent hope that we, as a species, can overcome the things that ail us.
This hope has been shaken a few times --- games were cancelled because of two world wars, violence struck in Munich and domestic terrorism in Atlanta -- but still the dream lives on. We can do anything so long as we set our mind to it. So why don't we set out minds to establishing a world of peace and equality all the time?