The most important Life-System
Every man is the builder of a temple called his body. (Henry David Thoreau)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Self-Actualization can be seen in many ways.”
“What’s one of your favorites?”
“Self-Actualization as systems creation and optimization.”
“What’s the most important system of your life?”
I’d say, the Mind/Body.
The Mind/Body is a meta-system, which impacts ALL other systems of your life.“
“I was half-expecting you to only say your Mind.”
“That’s what Dani-who-I-was would have said. I now see the Mind and the Body as one inseparable unit. I’d go so far as to rewrite Henry David Thoreau’s quote.
Every man is the builder of a temple called his Mind/Body.”
“Why Mind/Body and not Body/Mind?”
“I actually use both, depending on what I want to emphasize. This is another instance and application of concept-stacking [<link; short].
The model is fundamentally practical. Those who focus only on the Mind are doing themselves a disservice. They’re out of balance.
On another level, as you know, I’m in pursuit of peak performance. One of my Soul Quests is to become a World-class Thinker [<link; medium]. While exploring the how of it, I’ve reached a surprising realization:
To become a World-class Thinker I must become a World-class Athlete.
I’m doing just that.”