Mind Body & Soul

By Alex Billington 

Last semester, our fitness guru JW gave us some great workout programs for a range of abilities to promote a healthy lifestyle. To build on the health and fitness section of a balanced life, this page will be dedicated to a kind of mind, body and soul…a soul by my definition at least. I wrote a piece last semester about our generation’s lack of thought due to the constant need for stimuli that technology has created. A few people declared their heavy disagreement, this statement was of course not targeted at everyone, asis the case with most sweeping statements. But following that article I really made a conscious effort to think more, reflect more, read more and write more –something I feel, as a generation, we need more of. In the turbulent frenzy of consumerism that the world has become, thought is hard, we have “stuff” thrust our way day in and day out. Information in which we do not choose is shoved upon us relentlessly. In a nutshell, we don’t have as much time or chance to think.

We, as humans, have the privilege to reflect and question, and I can’t help but believe that privilege is not being taken full advantage of. So that brings me back to what this page is to become, this semester, the mind, body and soul section of this magazine will be based around thought provoking statements and phrases, both by timeless renowned thinkers and regular students or people of our generation, putting forward statements and phrases, intended to evoke thought, emotion and reaction.

yinyang“The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.” Martin Heidegger (What is called thinking?)

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” Friedrich Nietzsche.

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding!” Immanuel Kant (Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?)

“Don’t let life slip through your fingertips. You have a choice; you can be sand or rock…the choice lies in your hands.” Jade Noelle Viggiano – SoulCycle Instructor/Actress.

“There are no truths, only evidence of truths, the only thing you can be sure of is yourself.” Manda Clark – Student.

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