Sunday, November 24, 2013


Anytime a video of a big lift is posted, the same comments always follow.

“I would be more impressed if it was raw.”
“I would be more impressive if it was to depth.”
“I would be more impressed if he wasn't fat.”

"Big deal.  I bet he couldn't do that if he wasn't the World's Strongest Man."

What is the point of the comments?  How are they not simply stating what is blatantly obvious?  A thing that is more impressive is more impressive than a thing that is not as impressive?  Will wonders never cease?!

Know what else would be more impressive?  If the lift was performed on an upside down bosu ball.  Blind folded.  While covered in bees.  With no oxygen.  While being shot.

"Walking on nails.  NO!  Hot coals.  NO!  HOT NAILS!"

What does one possibly hope to accomplish by making these statements?  They are simply an ugly manifestation of envy, with pure jealous rage pouring over in each keystroke.  When one is unable to equal the accomplishments of another, rather than rising to the challenge, they take the easier route and seek to instead dismantle the worth of one’s accomplishment.  Rather than pursue the inhuman strength and dedication required to match the effort displayed (no matter WHAT the display may be), they remain mediocre and unaccomplished while desperately attempting to bring all those around them down to their own level.

What is the key premise behind these statements?  That I would be more impressed.  It is focused purely on the benefit of the viewer, as though the act of strength was specifically choreographed and performed for the sake of this one person.  It is as though the viewer envisions themselves some sort of Roman emperor, peering down upon an arena of gladiators and voicing his displeasure.  The lifter does not realize how fortunate they are that the viewer does not have the power to demand an execution, for it is all but guaranteed that the lifters fate would otherwise be sealed.

Shortly thereafter, they would retire to an evening of being hand fed hot pockets by slaves while sipping Mountain Dew from a chalice

Why do people willingly subject themselves to activities that they derive little pleasure in, if not purely for the sake of being able to voice their displeasure?  What compels one to sit through a video of a multiply powerlifter belting out a massive squat, only to then turn around and then say how much they despise multiply lifting?  Perhaps I value my freetime too much, but these days, I don’t find myself having enough time to watch all the things I enjoy, let alone being able to set aside time specifically to view that which I can’t stand.

Despite what you may think of him, when questioned on his critics, George Lucas said that, in this world, there are creators and there are destroyers.  When given the opportunity, George said he would rather continue to build and create the world that he envisioned rather than take down the works of others.  When presented the same choice, would you not feel the same?  Why dismantle when you can instead build?

I leave this post with a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, a man who exemplifies the spirit of growth and free-spiritedness.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. “

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