I had never seen the Greek spelling of Athens before the Opening Ceremony for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. I thought it was quite cool. There’s not much that Americans encounter on a daily basis that gives us a sense of the truly international community we live in. Open source projects do that for me. So did living in a few non-English speaking countries in Europe (that’s another reason I like the Olympics — I get to hear French, and not just read it). I think experiences that remind us of the world community are perhaps too undervalued in America. Respecting those moments and pondering their significance could truly change the international “social skills” of an entire nation, and might even help change the world. Thanks Αθήνα. You’ve done well.