The purpose of this Take is to discuss the merits of personal fitness and self worth, as an example to explain my thoughts i'm using a rather abstract and extreme set of ideas to express my arguments, that is the Aesthetic discipline of the Tendai Buddhist monks of Japan, and other schools of thought.
Part of this tradition is something called the kaihōgyō which I think means circle the mountain. Basically it's a thousand day Marathon that a monk has to complete over a 7 year period. Broken up into a 100 day intervals, on the sixth year the monk has to complete a fast, the number of days I think varies, between 5 to nine, basically it's no food no water and no sleep.
To answer why the hell would anyone put themselves through such a trauma, it is To reach enlightenment, and devotion, devotion to the spiritual principals of their particular sect of Buddhism.
You may ask how? well I can't answer that, ask Bear Grylls, he might know something about the statistics, the probability of serious harm and or death when humans get lost in the wild, what happens to the human body when suffering from exposure to the elements, and with no way of getting sustenance. All that can be for another take, considering the level of danger in such tasks as the kaihōgyō, not many monks alive today have completed such a task, and the trail that the monks walk has the centuries old unmarked graves of all those monks who tried and failed. Completion of the fast alone hospitalises the monk for 3 months, and he looses about 30% of his body weight. The marathon alone causes the monks feet to blister and bleed, but everyday they get up and do the run or walk that's part of their routine, supposedly the monk can pull out of this in the first hundred days. After that they have to complete the full one thousand.
Many Japanese people revere these monks as a kind of demigod, and when I dwell on the feet I have a great admiration for these Monks too. Obviously these monks spend decades preparing themselves for such a task. The only kind of training that is anywhere close to this difficulty is Special forces military training, it's been documented the physiological effects of such tough courses, Bear Grylls has a series on the French foreign Legion, it's worth watching, often endearing and quite humorous, you can't help but feel empathy for those that try and fail the course.
Much can be said for athleticism, and I'm hoping some of you might gain some insight into why I challenge your arguments sometimes, on the grounds of morality, and the political issues that are stifling the progress of man, possibly even your own journeys in this life, personally if you put the persuit of excellence into your day to day activities, you might achieve what you are looking for. This might be enlightenment, or maybe it's just self worth.
this take is true celebration of human achievement, a demonstration of what can be attained outside the everyday persuit of material wealth, priviledge, fame or any other kind of glory, you could be ordinarily interested in. Maybe we could be demigods, just like the legendary Archillies of Homer's Iliad, more human than human. Put your mind to it and strive for excellence in your lives.
Thanks from your mate Monkeynutts.