So I decided I want to become a person of intellectual, creative, and physical perfection. In the Greek style. Or rather I finally decided to get off my fat rear and do something about what I've wanted to do since I was a small child.
To do this I'm going to use both my natural vanity and this thread. There will be audience participation. There are holidays coming up and I'll have plenty of free time then.
Eventually I'm hoping to have a number of 'requirements' to meet, of which however many need to be met per day based on how busy I am, but of which all need to be met in a week. For now I'm going to try to meet all of these every day:
Current Requirements (3/day)
- Draw/other arts or crafts for at least an hour/day.
- Write at least 500 words/day. (This may go up, 500 words isn't much.)
- Read at least 50 pages/day of books.
- Study a language for at least an hour/day.
- Something(s?) to do with exercise.
- Something to do with a musical instrument. (Guitar, violin, or piano, most likely; will be done once I have an instrument to play that's not broken.)
- Something scientific and/or mathematic.
- Something to do with programming.
- Something cooking-related.
- Something related to chores.
My hope is that project ubermensch will help me improve my skills in all areas to the degree where I can be honestly called a 'renaissance man'. Suggestions for the exact requirements and/or any additional ones are welcome.
Nothing worth discussing. Moving to cb.
Haha you got a thread moved.
Martial arts, I would think, is an essential. Discipline, self-defense, physical fitness, and potentially cultural education.
Martial arts (especially the Japanese ones) are full of crank pseudo-philosophy and spirituality. The only martial arts I'd consider would be ones without the whole "Master Cheng says great strength comes from controlling your ki."
I.e. martial arts that work efficiently, rather than being bogged down with philosophy and specialist terminology. Such as Krav Maga.
Though the combination of the athleticism and the application of that athleticism to something useful does sound better than "man go to gym. man have big muscles. what man do now?", so yes, I'll look into it.
Exactly, the practicality was what I was aiming for. It's the results that count. If "Master Cheng says great strength comes from controlling your ki," and Master Cheng can defeat just about any man on the planet with his bare hands, Master Cheng must be doing something right. But yeah, there are a lot of scams out there too.
Originally Posted by Delphinus
Made a decision as to the precise structure of this. Three requirements a day seems to be the maximum sane amount for weekdays and fits neatly into the rule of three, so I'm going to go with that. The weekly requirements can be spread out as I see fit.
EDIT: Done for today; didn't fulfil the art requirement but did spend far over an hour learning lines for a play. Which has to count for just as much.
Somewhere along the line you should learn another language.
Survival skills (Making shelter, making fire, etc).
Also, if martial arts falls through, distance running and swimming are practical alternatives.
Yes. Probably either Latin, Spanish, or German. Or - hey - all three. I have the tools necessary to learn basic Latin atm so I can get started right away.
Originally Posted by Fenn
Survivial skills aren't really part of a continuous scheme. They're more of a one-time thing - once you know them, you're done.