Hey, Nelson, thanks for the recommendation although I don’t believe I was trying to do as you suggest.
I no longer think myself that a single world body is the best way to go to further the sport. I think a multi- headed body is the best way in the current situation.
As a result of all this discussion here, I think I will continue to run the Canadian Memory Championships, but I won’t claim anymore that my organization is about finding the Memory Champion of Canada. From now on, we will just be finding the memory champion of the Canadian Memory Championships (not of Canada) on a yearly basis.
The thing about sports really, in my opinion, is that they should bring people together, and work for peace in this way. If you care nothing for that, then you go ahead and create another organization, errect walls, ban some people and then call your organization “National”, as you live in contempt of the other organization that was there before you. That is being a rebel, in my opinion.
The IAM can therefore count as a rebel organization when it calls its main event a “world memory championship” and I think it should stir away from doing that out of respect for the integrity of the sport, and of the world champion of memory title.
It is a big thing to be a World Champion but when there are different organizations that issue the same title, how do you know who is the world’s best really? Is there a point to the title anymore when this happens?
So, what I would suggest for the International Association of Memory is to steer away from claiming that it crowns a world or even an international memory champion (that sounds too much like a world champion and means the same). All the IAM should do is to claim that it finds the memory champion of its organization.
The IAM as a right to do so without earning a rebel badge for itself in my opinion. The title of world champion is in the hands of those who started it and out of respect for them ( and the sport), ethically it should remain there unless they want to share it somehow.
Quite honestly, I think the title of Memory Champion of the IAM can become more prestigious than the title of World Champion of Memory, and that should be the goal of the IAM.
That is very doable. As this objective is being achieved, the title of World Champion of Memory would be undermined, (even without anyone else using their own specific title but simply because a big memory league isn’t even being acknowledged in the old WMSCs’ World). This would be a good thing, in my opinion.
When the world is divided, you simply can’t honestly have a single world champion and I think we do live in a divided world. So, in our times, the title of world champion should really be a laughable title anyway.
So if the IAM does recognize this situation and responds appropriately by not offering a world champion title but just an organization championship title, it would earn brownie points
for itself on the cognition scale.
If you want to have a real world champion but still not have anything to do with the other organization, then the title could be shared around on alternate years between the organizations that want this title. This would be good for the sport. It would allow to surmount our differences in order to join together even with two different organizations ruling the sport on alternate years.
The alternative would be to spend energy trying to bridge the gap between the two organizations, but I don’t think this will happen.
Ultimately, if the IAM grows well, it could promise the old WMSC to have its members attend their world event if it will agree to share the World Memory Champion title with them on alternate years. This would be a way to make peace between the two organizations without having to resolve anything about what is wrong with the other. In this way, scenarios such as the one I describe with people going to a competition to lessen its prestige actually never need to occur.
Just letting people decide can be difficult. People see the split, and don’t want to go either way as they don’t want to be put on the spot. People want a hobby not politics. I have seen this sort of backing off happen this year due to the split we have here.
In the end I think memory competitors need to see clearly which organization is preventing the sport from coming together. The answer to that can be both sides are responsible but if you see on one side the willingness to share the title and refusal on the other side, you know who really cares about the sport and the world championship title.
That is why I asked Francis Blondin if he were willing to share the title on alternate years for the Canadian Championship but he
says he isn’t interested. So, I will be able to show that the title of Canadian Memory Champion is in the hands of someone who seeks a monopoly over it, even as he took it while it was already in use.
I think this will help me sell the idea to people and competitors that they should participate in my memory competition instead of his and show him not to be fair to the sport but instead fair to other things or objectives. I will be able to make that point for as long as he keeps claiming to crowning the National Memory Champion while I only claim to crown a Memory Champion of the Canadian Memory Championship ( not of Canada) . If we both start claiming to be only crowning the champions of our own organizations then, why not decide to alternate the good sounding between the two organizations? There is no point in not using such a great title if no one else as an interest in it.
You know, when we got into a heated debate Braden, Francis and I, Braden at some point wrote to me that I didn’t own the Canadian Memory Championship, and now he takes part in an organization that behaves as if it owns the National Memory Championship.
There is no reason to want to quarrel with anyone over the issuing of a good sounding title. Appropriating for one’s self the title and not wanting to share it when there would be positive outcomes if that title were shared is doing something selfish, not sport, and that is not the best way to help the sport.
So, if you read all this and think this is about introducing an evil into the sport that it does not need, would you mind sharing with people why you think this is an evil idea? I just think you aren’t following what I say.
Anyway, the election is over and yes, I have won it but in the wrong catagory (nos) so you may want to save your message for next year when I will run again. I am going to try and get my supporters to participate in memory league competition this year, so they will be able to vote next time.
Also, if you know what the sport needs or does not need, then why didn’t you run in this election? And thanks for finally getting into this discussion. It shows you care about the topic and about the sport, I think.
I will always be willing to try and undermine any devil. If you want to protect the devil, I regret but I am unlikely to hear what you have to say very well.
By the way, aren’t there a lot of active shooters wrecking havoc in your country? Maybe that is the issue there with you US guys being too nice to everybody. You do have to undermine others sometimes for your own good. Work to get good gun control legislation in your country, please, if you have any spare time.