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Nietzsche & Bodybuilding :)

Not so long ago I discovered very good blog about serious literature where the author tries to give his own interpretations to the great works of literary classics, posts there are dense and try to uncover main ideas contained in literary works and what was possible meant by their authors. And more over each post accompanied with short YouTube video (on average 5 mins) where blog’s author speaks about the book in question with some presentation/graphic material. Here is the link to this blog: The Great Conversation

I should admit that the amount and quality of content in this blog is amazing, and personally I’m going to follow it 🙂 Also if you a bit into great literature and on look out for thoughts and ideas which literature contains in abundance, you may be interested in this blog too.

Now to the topic of this post of mine. 🙂 “Nietzsche & Bodybuilding”, where is connection you may ask? 🙂 Well in the analysis of Nietzsche’s “On suffering”  which you may find on aforementioned blog author draws some parallels between Nietzsche views on suffering and bodybuilding. Though it is a bit unclear to which particular work/works of Nietzsche this blog post corresponds to (looks like it is about Nietzsche views on suffering in general) I enjoyed it anyway.

Let me quote a bit from this post:


Nietzsche claims that man is composed of two parts – a creative part and a part that is created – in other words, mind and body. According to him, the body is meant to suffer, and the mind is meant to fashion something beautiful out of the suffering of the body. “In man creature and creator are united: in man there is material, fragment, excess, clay, dirt, nonsense, chaos; but there is also the creator, the sculptor, the hardness of the hammer, the divinity of the spectator, and the seventh day – do you understand this contrast? The body must be fashioned, bruised, forged, stretched, roasted, and refined – it is meant to suffer.”

An athlete, such as a bodybuilder, is the epitome of this idea. A bodybuilder subjects his body to the pain and suffering of training in order to create a physique that is aesthetically pleasing. The weightlifting adage, “No pain, no gain,” is an echo of Nietzsche’s ideas.

It is also somehow reminded me about one of the best essays on working with weights I read so far – Iron and the Soul by Henry Rollins. This one may interest you if you are avid gym goer or just thinking about what it gives or may give you.

As a person interested both in literature/ideas and sport I found these parallels interesting. Another interesting thing I learnt for this blog so far is the fact that Einstein once said that “Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist” (this is from the post  DOSTOEVSKY: The Brothers Karamazov)

Pieces of silicon – old tech

Recently I did some clear up in my house and found these old things:


From top left clockwise: AMD K6-2 366AFR (1998, manufactured in Malaysia), Intel Pentium 75 MHz (ICOMP 610, 1993), Intel Pentium 133 MHz (ICOMP 2 111, 1993), Intel Pentium MMX (1995) – all Intel CPUs made in Philippines.

Looks like I already get rid of 386/486, and things like Slot 1 Pentium III, but not throw away these yet… Looking at this makes me think about many things. First how quickly it all becomes obsolete and worthless, apart from maybe historical or sentimental value. But on the other hand this old hardware stuff looks nice, it’s kind of sturdy and robust and I do remember how much of experiments 386/486 CPUs were capable to survive by contrast with fragile latest CPUs some of them dying quickly without cooling… Older hardware looks powerful in the same way as american muscle cars from the cheap petroleum era… I think this stuff has it’s own beauty (look also at something like Diamond Monster 3D cards or Turtle Beach Systems Tropez audio cards these are nice things to see)…. OK maybe it’s a beauty for tech geek only but anyway 🙂

On the other hand when I wasted couple of hours sorting CD/DVD discs before throwing most of them away I was really amazed how unusable or let’s say unwieldy (insert-eject procedure is slow, drive is noisy and medium is unreliable) this technology is and how not so long ago it was cool and interesting, and I used it without any complaints even with excitement… It makes me think that we people have remarkable ingratitude for what we have and too much preoccupied with new and shiny stuff. As I’m listening lectures on industrial revolution now (The Industrial Revolution with the Smithsonian by Patrick N. Allit) this is one of the ideas proposed there (and one of the reasons of why most of the people never excited about past developments/stuff we have): the idea that we take for granted technology we have and never give it enough recognition unless we get deprived of it (think of electricity cut off, or water supply disruption or maybe when you lost your mobile phone – only then you maybe recognize how important these things to you) whereas it more than deserves it if you think carefully or learn a bit more about it.