So many people will tell me, “It makes no difference how impressively the writer looks like, the most important thing is to write a good and original novel that’s all his or her own and nobody else's”. I agree with you but only partially. Literary activity demands the huge psychological, emotional, and social costs; otherwise, the writer runs the risk of slipping down at the very bottom of life – making a lot of smoke, taking drugs, having sex without love and all that jazz. After all not everyone is capable of passing through his own contradiction and his incompleteness, creating certain mental imagery and living multiple lives in one sitting. It’s very difficult to do without regular physical activity, especially in middle age and old age. Yes, you heard me right. I really redirected the conversation to sport area. I’d like to talk about training with moderate or heavy loads (that depends on our willingness and maximum training adaptation) on muscle mass and strength. Yeah, you have probably already noticed that our dialogue has been converted to a relationship between body, brain and mind and the interactions between them.
So then, I presume that the image of modern writers is very far from the Ancient Greek ideal of a “sound mind in a sound body”. At least I can’t remember any considerable writer who would look like the antique statues. That is why I would like to reiterate something that I have mentioned earlier, c'est-a-dire, the discrepancy between ancient humanist thoughts of the great thinker whose ideas challenged the ages-old answers to the questions: “Who am I?” and modern ideals in literature and philosophy that has always bothered me since I was a kid. I tell you, all I hope is being able to see the 21st century giving us the heroes we need, uniting both the physical and spiritual dimensions that is harmony.
Friday, January 15, 2016