Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Greek Philosophy: Aristotle, The Doctrine of the Mean

Greek Philosophy: Aristotle, The Doctrine of the Mean

This is the type of stuff that REALLY gets me jazzed up. I can read the timeless works of Aristotle and see that what I preach is old news. As you read this, think of how it relates to fitness. Especially the questions that everyone always ask me, "How much protein do I need?" "How many calories?" "How often do you work out?" "Should I do cardio fast or slow?" Blah, blah, blah.

Aristotle says what I always say. Do what is right for YOU, and only YOU know what YOU need.

In another passage in Nichomachean Ethics, Book II, he is more concise when he says:

Too much or too little gymnastic exercise is fatal to strength. Similarly, too much or too little meat and drink is fatal to health, whereas a suitable amount produces, increases, and sustains it.

I couldn't have said it better myself.


Don Q. said...


I'll list you as an squire until you pick a name. If you've reached your weight goal, then you would be a Lord, not a knight. How about Lord Josh the Loser?

Josh said...

While that actually made me laugh out loud, as opposed to "LOL", I cannot call myself a loser, and not expect my subconscious mind to follow suit.

Therefore, "loser" is not a term I wish to refer to my new self. When I figure out what my new role is, I will name myself appropriatly.

I can have anything I want in this life...provided I acuratly figure out what I really want.


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