For many years now our educators have been dismissive of the notion that society is an amalgam of winners and losers.
In sport children (and their parents) have been encouraged to applaud the virtues of participating in the game rather than focus on the result of the competition that sporting occasions demand.
Undoubtedly this has broadened the appeal to a far greater number of people and unearthed talent that might otherwise have remained dormant, so the argument for diminishing the emphasis on competitive outcomes has substantial merit.
The drawn series between the visiting Lions and All Blacks however has belied the fundamental truth that society wants winners and losers. Media across the globe are bemoaning the fact that fans are universally deflated by a result that did not produce a clear outcome.
Celebrating the experience, to have participated, either as a player or spectator, and the acceptance that the teams could not be distinguished on points as desirable and legitimate goals for sport, are only seemingly acceptable in some fantasy PC world.
Winning and losing is an important part of the human psyche.
The learning should be that there are no universal winners and losers.
Every dog has their day!
Educators who wish to prepare our children for the real world should not forget these sentiments that have been so overtly on display in these past few days.
Anyone who has followed Grant Dalton's journey to the America's Cup knows that he has lost many more times than he has won.
It is a lesson we should not forget.