No matter how developed a person is, there is a fighter inside everyone. We all have personal battles, which are directly related to our quality of life.
Although there is a different field for everyone, certain ethos and codes apply in most cases and battles.
Here are 4 fighting values a 2000 year old bronze warrior can teach you to conquer your arena.
History and features of the statue
The “Boxer at Rest” statue (aka the term Boxer, Seated Boxer, Defeated Boxer, or Boxer of the Quirinal) was discovered in 1885 on the slopes of Quirinal Hill, northeast of the center of Rome, Italy.
It is notable to mention what Rodolfo Lanciani, an archaeologist present in the discovery of the sculpture, wrote:
I have witnessed many discoveries in my long career in the active field of archaeology;
I have experienced wonder after wonder;
Sometimes and most unexpectedly I have met real masterpieces;
But I have never felt such an extraordinary effect as watching this magnificent specimen of a semi-savage athlete slowly coming off the ground, as if awakened from a long rest after his heroic fight. Have you been
This bronze statue depicts a seated boxer at rest, still wearing his castus (boxing gloves of antiquity).
Although experts suggest various dates in the period from 330 to 50 BC, we can say for sure that its style does not follow the ideal, ideal pattern that we are accustomed to seeing since ancient times.
Unlike other sculptures, which depict idealized bodies of heroes and deities, Boxer’s body is not symmetrical.
Boxer’s anatomy reflects a movement away from perfectionism or supernatural qualities and into more realistic and emotional explorations. In addition, the sculpture molded details of a recent battle, such as his cauliflower ears, swollen nose and mouth alluding to broken teeth.
Now the time has come to take inspiration from this 2000 year old boxer.
4 Fighting Spirit Takeaways
1. Your Body as a Tool
As mentioned above, the boxer’s body is not symmetrical.
It was not made to impress.
It was made to fight.
If the statue depicted a real athlete of antiquity (and some experts claim to be the case), he would have devoted most of his time and energy to the arena, working hard to become the best possible version of himself.
In the sports universe, things haven’t changed much since then. Today’s athletes focus on continuous improvement of their skill, agility, strength, technique, stamina, etc.
Whether you are a professional athlete or not, what matters is your body. So take care of it, and use it in the best possible way for your well being.
As a friend likes to say,
“I don’t like training, but I like what’s in training;
A chance to discover myself and be a better person!”
See here for how to create a sustainable workout routine
2. Unbeatable Spirit
Some regard Murthy as a defeated boxer, not at ease.
Perhaps because of his swollen face from the beatings.
Or because of your sloping stance from exhaustion.
Their scars are indicative of a life full of struggles, battles and injuries.
His facial expressions are probably indicating defeat and fear.
Well, as Hemingway said, “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
We all have seen movies of Dalits fighting and rising again and again till it flourishes.
Maybe the boxer is scared. And this is normal.
True courage lies in facing your fears, not ignoring them.
And this takes us to the next point.
3. Essential Villain
There are great quotes related to the need for hardships, opportunities for growth through difficult situations and uncomfortable experiences in our lives:
a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
A knight in shining armor is a man who never got his metal tested properly.
Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be grateful for the hard times; They can only make you stronger.
Tough times make a strong man. Strong men build good times. Good times produce weak men. Weak men build tough times.
Imagine a world where your favorite superhero has no villains to fight for. For various reasons, there was no crime, and world peace was a real thing.
Or, imagine this scenario.
For some reason, they forbid professional boxing.
How did great fighters like Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, or Mani Pacquiao rise to their glory without any adversaries or fights?
Back in our case, yes, an opponent gave our boxer a hard time. Maybe the opponent won, or maybe he lost. Does not matter. The special thing is that both of them had a fight.
So this leads us to two musicals:
1) Be absolutely ruthless in choosing your fights.
As mentioned above, Hemingway said that we are not made for defeat. So don’t pick fights that ruin you because you weren’t ready or, worse, those that waste your time.
2) Be grateful (sam) for your adversities.
If you’ve picked up on your fights wisely, it’s time to better yourself through learning and winning.
With these two ideas, the motto “Life doesn’t get easier, you get stronger” seems to make more sense.
4. Life Goes On
Unless we find a reference from ancient times, we will not be sure whether our boxer won or lost. We can only be sure that he is sitting and injured.
Far from the ideal realm of the gods, Boxer is resting in the unforgiving world of the ancient realm. He is wounded, and his scars show that this is not the first time he has fought.
Nevertheless, he still is. He will get up once again and move on with his life.
With no intention of spoiling, I am quoting one of my favorite lines from the Madmen series:
I’ve started a lot, Lane. This is the worst part.
Life goes on, with or without us.
Many centuries before the creation of the statue, humanity proceeded with it, whatever the mentality.
Therefore, no matter how broken, bruised, bruised and bloody we are, we must continue on our journey. You can find more information here on how to protect your energy and take care of your mental, spiritual and emotional health during our uncertain times
Given that they used to melt any bronze craft in olden times for various purposes, we are lucky that we still have this idol. Furthermore, Boxer’s excavations revealed that his predecessors had buried it so carefully to protect it from any future loot, destruction or vandalism.
No matter the original date of manufacture, this fighter is still a fighter after two Millennials and, although relaxed, ready to rise and fight.
We can learn from anything and anyone, and if we listen carefully, everyone is a guru—even a 2000 year old idol.
If you want to learn more from the warriors’ wisdom, you can check out the life lessons learned from Po and other fantastic characters from Kung Fu Panda here.