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Why did humans invent sports and why do so many people love watching and playing competitive sports games?

I'm not asking why certain individuals are attracted to sports. Obviously people find it exciting, thrilling, entertaining etc. My question is why do people find it to be so exhilarating?? Why is it exciting? Why is it entertaining? Why do athletes enjoy sports so much? Is it simply the sublimation of our evolutionary drives in a way that is accepted by society? What are the psychological, historical, scientific, etc. reasons for us creating and participating in competitive sports?

Also, how do you think we can use the popularity of sports to make the world a better place?

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    Nov 25 2012: The Olympics began as athletes competed in sports that were part of the necessity of survival - who could run the farthest to the next village with an important message about his village being under attack with help needed. Who could throw a discus the farthest as self defense. Who could throw most accurately. Sports were part of survival techniques.

    Sports is something very different today. It is a money-grounded entity. I don't find sports exciting at all. I find it barbaric. I don't see any significant difference between a football game and a war.
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      Nov 25 2012: I understand your first point. But sports being barbaric? What about figure skating, golf, tennis, gymnastics? The expertise and beauty needed to participate in some of these sports on a professional level is far from barbaric.
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        Nov 25 2012: My problem is with "competitive" sports. Improving one's abilities is an art form, not a sport - unless you want to make it into one.
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          Nov 29 2012: Yes!
          It is barbaric, as I replied to Lawren Jones next.

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