I FINALLY got around to posting another video on my YouTube channel, in case anyone follows me here for these updates. This one inspired by a recent conversation I got in over on the Traditional Stoicism FB Page. I hope you find it useful.
I’m going to check all the great feedback I’ve gotten to date, and if there’s enough material I’ll do a quick Stoic Q&A video.
Otherwise the video channel will move on to another topic. Thanks for all the great questions and of course just for watching. If you want to parley you can find me at https://parler.com/profile/GreatNoontide/posts, in addition to here, YouTube and my FB page.
“The art of life is more like the wrestler’s art than the dancer’s,in respect of this, that it should stand ready and firm to meet onsets which are sudden and unexpected.”
— Marcus, Meditations, Book VII
This weekend I am headed to Philadelphia to compete in the US Amateur Nationals Competition in Japanese Sumo Wrestling. I have been training in Sumo for a short six months, and competed in two regional competitions so far. Sumo is a bit more complicated than the American stereotype: there are 82 different winning moves, and more than a handful of moves which cause you to immediately lose. It is the successor to a Shintō ritual, a cosmological archetype of law vs chaos. The Way of Salt, is quite a thing to become familiar with.
Many ancient philosophers participated in or used as reference combat sports. Plato was a boxer, the Cynics and Antisthenes literally…