Beginning the Conversation
My book has no foreword. I was too shy to ask anyone else to pen one after rejections from a handful of potentials. This list may or may not have been limited to the cast of Ash Vs The Evil Dead, and the form letter reply from Lucy Lawless on old Xena stationary may or may not have hinted that she didn’t even bother to read my request. Fine. A foreword is simply an ego stroke for the author anyways, and I’ll continue to discount them until my next book, which Bruce Campbell will ask me to publish simply so he can write the foreword for it.
There is, however an Intro. As I have a deep love for reading intros, this one was written with slight (considerable) hesitation. My new book is subtitled A Freethinker’s Guide to Building a Philosophy of Strength, and the intro had to lay down some foundation for this hyperbolic claim of guidance. History will show if I pull it off. Here’s a snippet (and a picture of Scarlet)…
The main act now begins with a philosophical doozy explained through the brain of a slow but determined physical culturist who will most undoubtedly frustrate Aristotelian scholars into a dialectic fervor. It begins with my interpretation (some would call it bastardization) of a $2 word.
In his book Contemporary Athletics and Ancient Greek Ideals, Daniel A. Dombrowski waxes professorly about the Greek word hylomorphism, which seems to have a definition along the lines of the higher-self and the lower-self completing each other. Some would say it could mean the physical and metaphysical in an eternal collective, an ideal symbiosis that requires us to let the mind, body, and spirit have a bit more communication between each other than just weekend visits and holiday parties.
If mind/body/spirit reeks a little of self-help, new age-y, naked-dancing-in-the-patchouli circle (like that’s a bad thing), then maybe cognitive/physical/emotional would have a more antiseptic, clinical shine to it that connects you to terra firma a bit better. Same thing, different language.
One way we can all relate to how our humanness is a co-op rather than a Cartesian thought game would be to ponder the phrase “stressed-out.” Is that a mind, body, or spirit phenomenon? I’m sure you nailed it. D) all of the above. You can watch the hylomorphic self in action, although usually spiraling into disunity, through being stressed-out, as the whole unravels into its various parts. Stress-out is an example of how everything is affected, and interacts accordingly, albeit not in a copacetic, appealing way. Now how do we find the inverse of that? I’m going to make the case that our movement and strength journey is a major player in our complete “all-at-once” humanness game, what we often refer to as the Holistic Athlete, although movement ambassador Gregory Dorado uses the term Authentic Body, which I will probably steal and use synonymously throughout this book (I’ll make a case for “holistic” being a good word choice in its pure, unmarketed form, but there is a sheen of cliche to it that makes me like the term “authentic” as a viable replacement).