Extreme = Progress :: let the fasting begin

One of my half baked, based on nothing but personal experience theories is that to progress things need to be extreme. I think this works on pretty much all levels, from personal to society. When things get rough, you evolve or die trying.

It’s been a long time since I did a really long fast so, tomorrow it starts. And I’m going to go until I collapse and see what that leads to. I feel better the less I eat and eat the more depressed I get… it’s like some sick cycle that only a million years of evolution could dream up. So, in true Ben fashion, fuck the system – play it to your advantage.

My personal record was set at Oakwood school in high school where I managed to go 5 weeks on water alone until I started blacking out due to massively low blood pressure. After the school doctor got over her society-expected-outraged she was really interested to see what I’d done (medically speaking). That always cracked me up. Fucking posers – there’s a Dr. Mengele hiding in every doctor.

To really be just completely retarded I’m going to try to keep exercising, paragliding and do a few endurance-insomnia sailing trips.

A funny line from The Bucket List: “Somewhere, some lucky guy’s having a heart attack.” I need to get in that mind set. :)


AdministratorAugust 10th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

I will. At Christy’s suggestion I might add salt into the mix (or maybe just drink San Pelegrino). Thanks for the thought.

mattAugust 11th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

I’ve read a bit on fasting, as I’m sure you have. The health and psychological benefits are well documented, and it’s great training for the mind. But I’ve read that the most benefit can come from including some liquid nutriment, like juice. It gives you the system clearing and mental training benefits without starving your brain and other important organs of what they need to function at basic levels. Including strenuous exercise is ill-advised, and could very well get you the heart attack you’re asking for. And sailing solo while fasting… well, that’s just irresponsible. Eager to read about the results, and hope you err towards caution. Fasting is hard-core enough without doing it foolishly.