I often tell lifters to Take Righteous Action, by which I mean that they need to attempt every lift as though they are sure they will and must make it. In other words, if you don’t go all out, then you will be more likely to fail.
Snatch Hard or not at all.
Of course, this is all said with a wink, because there is no way to know if you will make it. And many times, you will FAIL!
- How can you be justified in going all out on your snatch when there is no way to know if you will make it or not?
- Don’t you have to be SURE before you can take righteous action?
- Don’t you have to be justified in your actions?
Nihilism vs Skepticism
Here’s the essential difference between Nihilism and Skepticism in the view I’m presenting:
- Nihilism happens when you are skeptical of everything except your own skepticism. They’ve turn skepticism into a faith-based belief system. Their skepticism is unshakable.
True skepticism is the ability to be skeptical even of your own skepticism. This kind of recursion is essential to intellectual honesty, and to taking action.
In other words, Skepticism is STRONGER than Nihilism, not weaker!
This Zen-like style of skepticism overcomes the problem of inaction inherent in nihilism by turning the skepticism around on itself!
It works like this:
- I can’t be sure
- I can’t be sure that “I can’t be sure”
- I can’t be sure that “I can’t be sure that I can’t be sure”
And so on…
That might sound LESS capable of driving action, but in fact it is more so.
Inaction is an action, it will have results, it is a cause of effects. Doing something or not doing something are both actions.
We can’t be justified in taking action. That is true. But then… we can’t be justified in our lack of justification either!
Shakespearean Skepticism: “Act” as in “Acting”
Skeptical skepticism allows us to “fake it till we make it”, to act as though we have justification, and do so with a wink and a nod, as a joke we take seriously. It allows us to play the character of Hamlet without becoming him — it is a show — we are characters in a play that just happens to be real.
When Shakespeare said, “All the world is a stage”, he did NOT mean that reality is fake and just a play! He meant that there is great value in learning the skills of the actor: Actors act.
This is not the negation of reality inherent in too many Eastern and Western religions — those that say reality is an illusion, that the only true reality is spiritual — but an embrace of the absurdity inherent in reality itself.
Life is a joke. It’s worth laughing: laugh hard.
This is also an inoculation against Fanaticism — faith-based action — which is SURE that it is correct. We are not sure of anything. We take action, because why not? — Because it is FUN!
We don’t need to be sure to act. But if you can give us good reason to take a different action, or none at all, then we’re very willing to change our plans.
Like the actor, when we take an action, we go all out — we take the execution of that action seriously — because that increases the probability of us succeeding.
This is just like laughing. What’s the justification of a joke? That’s a stupid question — ill-typed, as it were! — because the justification of laughing at a joke is that it is funny. But what does “funny” mean? We can’t define that in terms of true and false. It’s a feeling we either have or do not have. That subtle difference is everything.
ALLOW yourself to Snatch Hard for the same reason you allow yourself to Laugh Hard — because doing so is more fun.
- We’re starting an Online Snatch class in just a few days, Check out Snatch Domination HERE
- I’ll be going into the technical details of Hume’s problem in the next issue of the Nemesis Journal
- I did a related podcast on this topic, Never Go Full Shakespeare!
Now go lift something heavy,