Western democracy has a long tradition of individualism which has usually been ascendant over collectivist regimes.
This article from Spectator Australia, February 9th, 2022, summarizes Australians’ experience with collectivist-inspired regulations, with individuals subservient to the collective.
From the beginning of the Covid epidemic, Australia’s governments have adopted collectivist policies: segregation; state-sanctioned discrimination; stalking apps, vaccine passports, state vaccine employment policies. All violated what Australians understood to be their individual rights. In order for government to protect themselves from public backlash, they drafted and implemented ever-more tyrannical health orders.
Government was desperate to enforce mass compliance to their public health plans. Any form of contrary debate or conversation that challenged the ‘science’ sprouted by the Department of Health had to be erased — not discussed.
My forthcoming novel ‘Turkeys Not Bees’ has a dilemma of individual and collective Covid actions.
See posts on Covid and my novels on my blog: martinknox.com
In Winter runners analyse their personal bests and reset their goals for the next season. In the novel Time is Gold author Martin Knox shows how a runner’s performance time depends on the neuroscience of her mental engagement, by analogy with Einstein’s Special Relativity, a tested theory. This new theory explains some extraordinary performances in athletics and behaviours of wild animals which have evolved in their own time, without constraint by clocks. Everyone can learn that their time is their own from this story about Maxi exploring theories of endurance, in love with physicist Jack and competing for Olympic Gold.
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Why strive? Unless you are a masochist, or obligated to a sadist, you need to understand why you habitually compete, train, perform, rehearse, withdraw, study, read, write, paint, lift weights, golf, run, swim, diet or engage in physically and mentally strenuous activities.
Maybe you do it to relieve physical exuberance, social sensation or to ease status anxiety.
You could also do it simply for the joy of it.
Joy manifests happiness, which according to Aristotle, is the Chief Good. There are 4 kinds of Happiness recognised by the Happiness Alliance: hedonism, eudaimonia, spiritualism and flow. I believe Extreme Flow is optimal achievement that dilates time.
Extreme Flow is joyful accomplishment by focussing on a personal goal with full and skilful mental engagement. It is not meditation or mindfulness. Nor does it nurture you to seek external rewards. The joy comes in achieving continuously, striding over hurdles like a succession of sub-goals that are part of achieving the overall goal of a personal best. It is joy you can have training and performing. It is joy that takes your mind off the pain in your body. Your mind has to be totally committed to your every stride.
My futuristic novel Time is Gold tells the story of Maxi, who trains using Extreme Flow to break the world marathon record, coached by experts. It is available from Amazon.
CATHY FREEMAN’S TIME DILATES
Cathy Freeman, runner, may have dilated time in extreme-flow at the Y2000 Olympics in Sydney. See new ABC News documentary 7.40pm Sunday September 13th. My novel Time is Gold to be published in 2020 will explain the theory of extreme-flow.