In society there are many problems that would be easier to solve than to manage.
For instance, almost overnight, global poverty could become a thing of the past, if the 85 individuals that control the world’s wealth resolved to cede some of their financial resources to the communities and populations that need them most.
The same goes for starvation. If the abundant food supplies that exist in the developed world were shared with a more equitable distribution, as opposed to being wasted with abandon, then not a single soul in the world would ever have to go the sleep at night with an empty stomach, ever again. This is not some leftist utopian view. It is simply a statement of fact.
On the other hand, there are some more trivial problems that are a lot easier to manage carefully than to solve completely.
The emotional and psychological problems that the promising young footballer Ravel Morrison suffers from, along with many others, are a classic case in point.
Some things never change
Sadly Ravel Morrison is a product of his environment. No matter the supreme talent he possesses, or the vast wealth he acquires, in certain situations he will always revert to type. On occasion, his deep seated anger issues which have obviously distilled inside him for some time will inevitably come to the surface with destructive consequences.
His recent criminal charges for allegedly physically assaulting his former girlfriend and her mother are just the latest in a reasonably long line of incidences when he has been unable to keep his demons at bay. Yet just because these incidents seem predictable does not mean that they are easily preventable.
Although he left Manchester United prematurely in his career as a footballer, in my opinion he left the city a little too late in his life as a person for these problems to be completely eradicated.
This comment from Sam Allardyce seems to back up my belief. The West Ham manager stated,
“Sir Alex let Ravel go for his own benefit. Sir Alex said that if Ravel’s going to be a player he has to leave Manchester and be somewhere else in this country because he felt that Manchester was something that wasn’t helping him to develop.
Ravel Morrison, who Sir Alex Ferguson described as the ‘best young player he has ever seen’, is certainly not a lost cause. But this will not be the last time he courts controversy. His precocious temperament gives him the edge many require to be a great sporting talent. But at the same time his precocity is also a prescription for problems that will probably persist to varying degrees for most of his life.
Management over cure
Sure anger management classes and a long lie in Your Majesties Prison will help him to mediate and minimise his moments of madness. But ultimately he will have to learn to manage his problems carefully, rather than solve them completely.
On the one hand I have confidence in the conviction that Morrison will be able to overcome his problems to the extent where he will still enjoy a good career. On the other, I fully believe that he will never be able to totally abandon the baggage he carries. His shoulders will always be wary from the burden. But he will still be able to conjure many moments of brilliance on a football pitch.
All is not lost
Unlike global poverty and starvation, the problems of Ravel Morrison are easier to manage carefully than to solve completely.
Whoever learns to accept him for his flaws will have a fantastic footballer on their hands, a priceless commodity that can punctuate the play and change the outcome of the game with a moment of pure genius.
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Question: Will Ravel Morrison conquer his demons and have a great career?
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