Thursday, November 18, 2010

Knowledge & Wisdom

It is amusing how people can read one popular book or another and lift proprietary terms to parrot as if they really know something. Lingo and jargon are not comprehension of fundamental concepts. In fact, comprehension of fundamental concepts would allow them to use plain, laymen's terminology and not proprietary jargon that is so much wankery. They can hum the song and may even be able to replicate the chorus, but the lyrical structure and sheet music (not to mention improvisational riffs on the song) are well beyond their skill set. Another analogy I have seen is painting-by-numbers versus crafting an original piece of art (or even just being able to closely copy another original piece of art). If one is going to invest heavily in one's expression through running - and I do consider running and other athletic pursuits to be a means of personal expression akin to other, more obvious art forms - then why not spend the time to grasp the fundamental concepts to raise the level of one's personal running expression?

I saw some great thoughts today from Brad Hudson:
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RML: You have a quote on your Facebook page from Leonardo Da Vinci that reads, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” What does that quote mean to you?

Hudson: I like the quote, because I interpret it as just because something’s more complicated doesn’t mean it is a better way of doing things. The best way to do things is to make them as simple as possible so the athletes understand it--especially in distance running. It’s great that we have all this technology in the sport. It really helps when our athletes are hurt, but there’s no substitute for the naturalness and simplicity of running. I think Kenya and Ethiopia are showing that.

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