Nietzsche and Weightlifting

"The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything." (Friedrich Nietzsche)

I have always thought that Nietzsche was my favorite philosopher. He thought of things in such a primal way, a way that touched something deep, unlike others who described the mind, Nietzsche went to the heart and soul. Like the quote above. I don’t think he was an intellectual in the same sense that Kant was, but he went to the core of things in a way that Kant never could.

I think that Nietzsche is the ideal philosopher for the weightlifter, because he described life in terms of basic primal drives, what the human is driven to do, not logic. There really is no logic in weightlifting, you have to want it in a deep, illogical way. I think Nietzsche would have approved of weightlifting in a way that he NEVER could have have approved of modern professional sports.

I dedicate this blog entry to Donny Shankle, a man that Neitzsche would have loved.


9 responses to “Nietzsche and Weightlifting

  • Matthew Baldwin

    “To demand of strength that it should not express itself, that it should not be a will to overcome, overthrow, dominate, a thirst for enemies and resistance and triumph, makes as little sense as to demand of weakness that it should express itself as strength.”

  • Craig Kilgo

    That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

  • Carlo Buzz

    Kant left the noumenon unknowable because it was out of the categories (space, time, casuality) utilized by the reason to “know”. Schopenhauer postulated that the noumenon was the “Will”, and that we could experience it not thru our rationality, rather thru our body, that is thru the identification between will and action. Nietzsche brought it further defining the “will of power” and giving to the corporeality an even higher importance.

    Thus, the body for Nietzsche is the mean for the utter experience, as he writes of the “higher reason of the body”.

    I am sure he would have approved the process, the efforts themselves and the act of an individual athlte pursuing the pushing of his limits.

    A Nietzsche inspired Khalil Gibran wrote:

    “You are your own forerunner, and the towers you have builded are but the foundation of your giant-self. And that self too shall be a foundation.

    And I too am my own forerunner, for the long shadow stretching before me at sunrise shall gather under my feet at the noon hour. Yet another sunrise shall lay another shadow before me, and that also shall be gathered at another noon. […]”

  • (@UsefulmanDOTcom)

    Nietzsche is absolutely right. Woman are dangerous.

  • Donny Shankle

    A movie you may like which I saw a few years ago was “When Nietzsche wept.” Armand Assante played Nietzsche I believe and there was one scene I remember set against Wagners “Ride of the Valkyries.” In it you see Nietzsche a brilliant man gradually come apart. A sad ending to a great man.

    I admire the philosophers ability to express the power of ones emotions. How sometimes it is OK to let go of logic for the briefest of moments and attack life with the “uberman” inside you.

    Thanks a lot coach that was cool. Ecce Homo

  • Fredrik Gyllensten

    Yet another nice picture, Glenn! 😉

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