Saturday, April 21, 2007

Dancing as Salvation

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. --Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art; finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his "divine service." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I should not believe in a God who does not dance. --Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen? --Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

After quite awhile of sedentary pursuits I went out dancing last night. I'm a horrible dancer and will probably need time to recover now, but it was quite fun. Now that I am not young and single and no longer feel the need to go to a club to try to get laid, I can relax with my woman and just let my body make all the decisions.

There is a freedom in physical activity that just can't be acquired through the intellect. Whether it is dancing, or running a few laps, or pounding something with a sledgehammer, or sexual activity, we are animals that need to exercise our physique. Being a part of the animal kingdom we need to remember the joy in physical activity (just as bear cubs or playful dogs "know").

We should strive to live the ancient Greek ideal. Not only should we pursue intellectual goals in our education but need to stress the physical. A well-rounded person should be in good health.

One of the most pernicious ideas given to our culture through Christianity is the horror of the body. From the prudishness concerning sex to the extreme derangement of ascetic behavior, Western culture stopped caring about the body. Fortunately, our growing secularism is coming back to appreciating the importance of our bodies--by way of science. Contentment might well reside in a balance between what we need for our mind and what we need for our body. Better yet, we should realize there's not even a schism between the two and are both the same thing.

My advice: dance! read! fuck! meditate! Just be aware of going too far in any direction.