Do the Olympics actually matter?
Are the Olympics a good or a bad thing? Do you admire or abhor the drive for a medal?
I just want to take a few moments to have some brief thoughts about this and get your feelings on it too.
But before I get started, perhaps the Olympics demonstrate perfectly that mankind is not perfect.
In a world where Nasa's mission control claim that "failure is not an option", failure, actually, is part of every day life.
There have been empty seats, broken seats, food stalls that have run out of food, and claims that some water fountains have been at a trickle.
In order to get a ticket for an event and upon hearing that only those from the "Olympic family" can get them, I looked up my history and luckily my father's grandmother was from Ireland and called Ora O'Lympic.
On the plus side, a man has offered his spare Olympic seats to a couple who travelled from Australia to watch the boxing but found that their tickets were fakes.
Ann and Graham Smith travelled to London from the Gold Coast, but found their tickets had been bought from a bogus website.
They are bowled over with the perfect beauty surrounding an act like this, while the ticket-supplier wishes to remain anonymous.
And the armed forces have seen their popularity rise rapidly here thanks to their interaction with the general public. Today I was frisked by a very young lad from Possil in Glasgow. I haven't been called "Sir" for a long time.
But what of the Olympics? I just want to ask a few harsh questions as any observer should.
According to sportscotland's 'Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation in Scotland: 2005-07 Overview', just 47% of Scottish adults take part in sport once a month, which means that 53% don't.
So, why might people not be interested in the Olympics?
I'll pick just four aspects:
The first question has to concern money. Are the Olympics about sport or about commercialism?
I've made a radio report about there being only one type of credit card accepted in the Olympic park, there is only one kind of burger you can buy, and only one kind of cola.
The principal sponsors, who are massive companies, buy into the goodness, the purity and the wholesomeness of sport. But you could argue that as soon as major companies get involved in anything it ceases to be pure.
The second aspect is around the role of the principal actors: the athletes.
Are athletes really such great role models? They are paid by you and me to do their job full-time. To win they have to really want to win.
They win for their country, their families, and their employers, but fundamentally the drive to win comes from within.
If I look deep inside myself, it is my weakness; a strange need to win things. People who don't see winning as key will see it as selfish, a needless drive that the world might do without.
Modern athletes are media trained too and every move is choreographed or controlled in a fashion unimaginable in 1948, the last time the games were here in London.
You will note, for instance, that the current Team GB message is to thank the support, thank everyone who helped them along the way, admire the noise the crowd made, express pride, and say how just getting to where they got to in the race was just wonderful.
The Australian athletes of old were even "podium trained" so that they brushed their hair and smiled hard, no matter the medal.
And what of nationalism? There is inherent in all of us a yearning to belong somewhere. It's expressed as coming from a family, or a town, or a country.
But perhaps some might despise the fact that countries pay people to practice, let's say the javelin, for four years so that an anthem rings out and a flag is raised.
Just ask the North and South Koreans.
And finally, do we just accept that some people are not interested in the Olympics?
You might be a sportsman or woman involved in another sport and still have no interest in the sports on display here in London.
How many of you, for instance, go three-day eventing?
To me, one of the beauties of the Olympics is learning something about a sport I've never seen before.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Olympics?