"if we observe children, it's in their nature to climb, jump, and run around! - it's in their nature to experiment their physical ability and have fun along the way!
.. what i'm trying to say is, we(traceurs/freerunners) are simply living our life! and doing what is natural for human beings physically; to climb, jump, run, swim, etc."
I was looking for a thread in which to put this short video, it's part of a lecture by a British philosopher called Alan Watts who was a populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. It's animated by Sounthpark creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and talks about the analogy of life with a a journey, and how people are always rushing to get to the end.
Alan Watts - Life and musichttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeRZKC27RtU
Some members of the public seem to have a positive view of Parkour and look genuinely pleased to see people training, but there are others who appear to be dismissive. I can think of at least several people within my circle of friends who would also be dismissive of Parkour.
I think it's safe to say that everyone would like to be able to have the strength, skills and dexterity that traceurs display, yet most people are unwilling to do the training, eat the right food and build slowly toward their goals. It's much easier to stuff your face with McDonalds and live your dreams through the characters of the latest Hollywood CGI block buster, or on a games console. Perhaps when they see someone practicing parkour then 'their own' lack of physical fitness is reflected and they react defensively by dismissing it.
I have some friends who are completely reliant on cars, and when I tell them I am going to walk somewhere they offer me a lift. When I tell them that "I want to walk" some of them do not seem to understand why anyone would want to walk. They think that I am being polite and refusing a lift so as not to trouble them, they start to insist and get a bit upset when I have to emphasise strongly that 'I do not want a lift'. The fact is that I want to walk because I enjoy it, some people just don't understand the concept of exercise. I often wonder if they were driving along the road and saw a friend jogging, would they try and offer them a lift? It would be virtually impossible to explain to them the concept of taking a short-cut over a wall, if there were steps further along.
People identify with the system within which they live, most will come to depend upon it and will fight to defend their system because they cannot comprehend a way of surviving outside of it. An indigenous tribe may travel on foot or by animal power, their food comes from the land, water from a stream and warmth from a fire. Most will defend their system with their lives because that's what that they know. In a modern industrialised western society people drive cars to shops, get their food from a tin, water from a tap and warmth from central heating, they too will defend their system to the death because it's what they know.