By way of a general hello I have a rambling but maybe interesting musing on what can be perhaps be regarded as the originator of the theory of strength through resistance:
Ever since I was accidentally exposed to Heraclitus in an ancient philosophy course (which I was doing as a result of interest in Stoicism) the enigmatic, misanthropic and generally fascinating remnants of this presocratic have lodged in my mind and worried at me. With something like the certainty I had that, with Stoicism, “Here is a useful truth” but far more intensely, I have always been convinced that his philosophical fragments have some profound wisdom that could somehow be applied.
Oddly, when I stumbled across Hormetism, in my stubborn conviction that the traditional model of myopia was wrong, my first thought was that this system was a practical implementation of his philosophy, marked predominantly by a notion of constant flux as the mode by which the universe operates: within opposition, he claimed, lies the means by which adaptation occurs. All things come about, and fade away, through opposition and strife.
There isn’t really much point to this, I suppose, but it was on my mind and I thought it may be of interest. I’d always known about the basic idea of weightlifting but to take the abstract concept of focused resistance to achieve an opposite end in other activities and pursuits was a masterstroke, something that I’d always noticed but never been able to articulate. Surely everyone’s noticed how much better they argue or how much stronger they feel when they’re in a debate or argument with something they feel to be totally wrong or contrary? So, yeah, applying Hormetism for the eyes (have dropped from -3.75 to ~ -2.2 in my good eye so far, even with lazy application of my plus lens) and I’m planning on musing about social and personal behaviour and how it can be manipulated.
So hello all!