Quotes Aren’t Always Insightful

A lot of times people turn to the internet to find quotes to inspire them or make them think. That’s probably why you’ve come to this site as well. There are thousands of quotes from great people that do such a thing. But with the advent of Twitter, people now have a way to broadcast short, quote-like sentences to millions of followers in an instant. Whatever is said may be forgotten, but the consequences of what someone says are still very real.

About a week ago, a Greek Athlete at the 2012 Olympic Games used Twitter to send this message: “So many Africans in Greece at least West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food.” Harsh, mean, and not good at all. The athlete’s name was Voula Papachristou who was set to compete as a triple jumper at this year’s Olympics in London. But after tweeting something like that, things don’t look good at all for Papachristou.

Turns out one little quote like that is enough to get you thrown out of the Olympics. Remember that if you ever find yourself about to compete in the world’s ultimate athletics event. Of course, it’s not as if the punishment is excessive — that’s a completely inappropriate thing to say at an event that is supposed to bring people and nations together.

Special people are listened to; that’s why a lot of the quotes that inspire us and make us think come from well-known people. It’s always good to remember that what people say or write has an impact on others and that quotes are not always great things. Sometimes they are the complete opposite. Hopefully for the rest of 2012’s Olympics, we won’t see anymore quotes like that from any of the athletes.

If you want to read more about Voula Papachristou and her tweet at the Olympics, check out the USA Today HYPERLINK “http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/london/story/2012-07-25/Athlete-booted-from-Games-for-tweet/56478062/1” article for more information.

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