My topic this week digs a little further into the philosophical roots of parkour as a discipline. Specifically I am looking at parkour’s use in self actuation and as a rejection of the soul stiffling urban environment. Riffing off Sebastion Foucan’s video I purloined from Youtube last week (thanks man!) I went online in the library and found a scholarly source discussing using parkour to face one’s fear.
Looking beyond the obvious situation of facing fear while attempting a flip or a big jump between buildings what it comes down to is personal experiences of fear during training even the smallest fear and how one approaches it. The fear is an obsticle just like a wall. Learn to bypass the obsticle and move on. By practicing this concept in your day to day life and training you become stronger. When I was sixteen I hiked Half Dome in Yosemite. The final approach up the dome is this intimidating slope. Yeah, sure there are cable hand rails and all but it is still a long slide if you lose your footing. My uncle told me if I faced that fear every other fear I faced afterwards would be smaller. That’s how it works.
As far as rejection of the urban environment goes consider how limiting such places are. The streets seem to say “YOU WILL WALK HERE”. What effect do suppose this has on your overall outlook on life?