“Anyone who has wrested knows that it’s the hardest thing in the world to do. Anyone who says something else is the hardest thing has never wrestled. That’s what I have found. When I think of the frontiers of astrophysics…I don’t do astrophysics because it’s easy. I do it because it’s hard. I juxtapose the two in my mind, body, and soul all of the time. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
Although far too many nerds are muscle haters, the fact is that a strong mind that exists in a weak body is nothing but a ghost. A fully developed man is one with his body. He moves, thinks, and lives with purpose. Life itself is a martial art.
As the Romans said, Mens sana in corpore sano: “A sound mind in a healthy body.”
Plato meant “big chest” in Greek, and many of the greatest philosophers actively engaged in physical culture. Socrates himself said, “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
Despite being plagued with health problems that few of us could comprehend, Nietzsche enjoyed brisk mountain walks.
Add Neil deGrasse Tyson to the list of brilliant men who believe that neglect of the physical body is sinful and that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and wrestling are the apex of human athleticism.
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