There's a certain stupidity, insanity - idiocy - that leads a person to dedicate themselves to an MMA or boxing career.
Think about it for a second. We know how delicate our gelatinous brains are; they are designed by nature to be protected by a thick frontal bone, with
thinner bones at the side and back. But this thick structure is not there as an invitation: please, hit me - you won't suffer permanent brain damage.
Take a car accident. In a simple car accident, you may have been seat belted up, and an airbag cushioned your head upon impact. But that is not
enough! The sheer speed of the whiplash, the front to back movement of the neck, was enough to smack your brain up against the inner wall of your
frontal bone, causing a concussion. That is how sensitive our brains are.
It's well known that with every concussion, your mental functioning becomes reduced. Take MMA fighters or Boxers. The bulk of the hits to their heads
are coming to the front or side: the pre-frontal cortex areas of our brain. It's almost ironic: it takes stupidity to engage someone in a sport where
getting punched in the head is the purpose, and when they land that punch - its the very part of the brain which controls DECISION making and
COST-BENEFIT ANYALYSIS - that becomes hit. It's as if each and every hurt encourages more and more raucous activity.
Studies have been done which establish that the majority of people who show an interest in boxing or MMA are exrtroverts. Extroverts, by nature, are
external oriented people. They are under-stimulated when they aren't involved in some social-context. Introverts, by contrast, are thinking types.
Being around too many people over
-stimulates them. Therefore, introverts tend to become scientists, writers, in short, the thinkers of our
world, while extroverts become the entertainers, sports stars, politicians, boxers, MMA fighters.
Of course, this little post isn't designed to end MMA or boxing. I know there will always be people who take an interest in it. But, for someone like
me - a thinker - it is hilarious that a human being would willingly engage in an activity that would impair his mental-intellectual functioning. Only
someone who has so devalued these faculties - while overvaluing social relations (and the fun of beating the $hit out of someone) - would care so
little about it.
But then, one day maybe, these people will try to show the world how acute their mental abilities are: think Mike Tyson and his poetry.
both funny, admirable, and sad. George St. Pierre, the MMA fighter, has a deep interest in philosophy. No doubt, I don't deny that he takes it
seriously, and he has probably profited from his philosophical explorations. But again, imagine the brain damage he has suffered in the octagon. A
part of me feels "oh, how nice, he's interested in philosophy, good for him", while another part thinks "this idiot better not try to 'enlighten
people' with his views on things".
Point being: the brain is an exceedingly sensitive organ. It is protected behind a remarkably think skull - but it is only so thick. A quick kick to
the head causes swelling in that poor brain of yours. Neurons die when that happens - oxygen, glutamate - blood flow is interrupted by this trauma to
the head. You literally make yourself stupider.
edit on 27-6-2013 by Astrocyte because: (no reason given)