Sacrifice: What Do You Gain By Giving Something Up? (Two Parts)

Canada's Colin Jenkins, left, leads Simon Whitfield in the cycling portion of the men’s triathlon at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Whitfield finished in second place to take the silver medal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canada's Colin Jenkins, left, leads Simon Whitfield in the cycling portion of the men’s triathlon at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Whitfield finished in second place to take the silver medal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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This week an award-winning episode of Definitely Not The OperaThe topic is Sacrifice and DNTO is asking the question "What do we gain by giving something up?"

Part One of the show starts with various narratives about 'sacrifice', including a little known story about Olympian triathlete Colin Jenkins, who finished the race last but helped his teammate Simon Whitfield win the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. And hear about the experiences of a woman who had to give up kissing!

The show goes on explores the motivation behind sacrifice. Some people give up money, some give up time, some give up sleep. What compels us to self-sacrifice? Seems the answer to that question is that it makes us really, really happy, and science can prove it. DNTO host Sook-Yin Lee chats with Joff Schmidt who looks into the Psychology of sacrifice.  She also airs listener's not so "happy" stories of sacrifice.

In Part Two, more illustrations of sacrifice. Few people are asked to sacrifice as much for their job as soldiers. Warrant Officer Patrick Tower was there when his close friend Sergeant Vaughn Ingram was killed in battle in Afghanistan. He takes us back to that day in 2006 when his friend made an incredible sacrifice for his fellow soldiers. 

And Sook-Yin will share her story of learning that sometimes, you don't know what you're giving up until its already gone.  

This program 'Sacrifice, What Do You Gain by Giving Something Up?' won the Certificate of Merit at the 2011 Gabriel Awards.

 

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