Everything means everything

I’ve been thinking a lot lately how different concepts from different places relate to each other.

I was discussing this concept with a friend the other day on a walk and we both came to the conclusion that having the ability to see how different concepts relate to each other is a good indicator of intelligence.

Put another way: the ability to take what you’ve learned from one thing and apply to another completely different thing.

There’s only so many “core concepts” to how the world works and once you know them you pretty much know the rules of most other things.

Lets take an example from sports, or athletic pursuits.

First of all I never really enjoyed sports until I discovered rugby. My sporting background is fairly potted. I’m not a big sporty person, or at least I didn’t used to be.

Over the years I’ve played a couple of different sports. I broke my foot in 3 places playing rugby, I nearly snapped both my ankles playing American Football (ligament damage is much worse than a break, it took me nearly 13 months to recover fully), I’ve never seriously injured myself in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu yet and I’ve never injured myself lifting weights either.

I’m a very chilled out person who enjoys playing very violent sports. Go figure.

An important concept in American Football (or just Football if you’re American) is to keep a strong posture. When you’re tackling somebody you need your head up, your back straight, and you need to be low down to the floor in a good squat position. Your body is strongest in a position like this, and you can generate more force from a secure position.

When I took up other sports I found this translated over. In Jiu Jitsu it’s important to have good posture at all times. When you’re wanting to attack somebody you first of all break their posture, making them weak in their structure, then attack them. This is similar in most martial arts.

The concept of having a strong posture translates over to something as simple as a first impression as well. When you meet somebody for the first time and their shoulders are hunched forward and their head down you think they’re lacking confidence. If somebody walked up to you with a perfect posture, head up, back straight, you think they’ve got more confidence.

This concept of a strong posture also translates over to the words we use. When we’re calling somebody a coward we might say they’re spineless or lacking a backbone. We refer to people as snakes. We tell people to keep their chin up, keep their head up. An honest person is a “straight up” person.

This is just one example of a million different concepts. This simple concept of posture translates across everything in our lives.

Everything means everything.