looks like nobody has been competing in standing
so far. One day in
past I read in a queer book about a man, who held the world
standing. The record was absolutely astonishing and
seventeen years! There
some doubts, however, concerning sleeping
– he used to sleep
against a board, which could be interpreted not as standing
vertical lying, and if so, then it should be assumed he was
only for approximately ten years, indeed, but this result is
breathtaking, unimaginable for an average human who is totally
exhausted having stood for one or two hours only. This
would cause further complications and problems which could be
only by very precise definitions of standing and lying (not to
confuse lying with horizontal standing).
Take it easy now. Let alone I don't remember the reasons of
standing – I don't remember if I have ever known them, if they
described in this book. I know the record holder was competing
nobody, and his record was not the result of racing. I know
record was kind of side effect, with no intentions to set
it. Most probably
was standing because
standing was a form of meditation, of harnessing body-and-mind
also an attempt to get
of body-and-mind. Probably. He was not standing to set a
the notion of record was rather unknown to him. However, I
check this, because the book got lost. I'm not going to look
though it would be quite easy to find a copy of a new, updated
revised edition. I'm not going to look for
a piece of information about the record holder, this one or
because so far
it might happen that someone was standing longer than him. So,
be a legend . . .
essence of this legend consists in
the fact it was normal standing. The lack of description
that there was nothing special in the way he stood, nothing
would need a description, any explanation,
so it was omitted. He
not standing on one leg. Nor on left and right one
on his hands. Nor on his head. Nor barefoot on glowing embers
would like to keep embers glowing for seventeen years?! oh!
would be meditation as profound as standing).
Nor on nails. Nor on broken
glass. And if none of just mentioned variants was referred to,
any other possible, and they were plenty of
them, it means he was
standing absolutely normally. For seventeen years. For
years he was doing something most simple and most ordinary. And
what happened after? Did he sit down? Lay down? Go away? Run
Could he move at all? Finally got enlightenment or finally
standing? Died and went on standing? Experienced vertical
vertical dead… Interesting.
With no doubt any competition in standing would deal with
the one who was
standing the longest would be the winner. But taking into
this absolutely incredible record, it's hard to imagine
a few years only.
Or a few months. Or a few weeks. The standers are standing
standing. Nothing is going on (or: nothing is standing on).
boring event for everybody, for competitors, for referees,
spectators. So, the
rule should be changed: the
the fastest is the winner. Yes. Absolutely. It would be much
interesting. It would be fascinating. But to define the
standing – this would be the most fascinating.
is a different kettle of fish. Yes, absolutely. No
For example: to stand
up a hundred times from a swinging hammock – to stand up,
motionlessly for two breaths, lay down to the hammock, swing
and stand up...
AND SO ON. And so on. And so on. And
so on . . .
opinion that the
does not contain an element of competing is wrong. It has
known for very long that there are two kinds of competing:
the others and against oneself. Even if
it is hard to notice the first one in the standing,
the other one can be seen (and experienced) easily, and its
be higher than in many other sport disciplines. The
indeed. Many people spent their lives sitting or lying. Only
a few, if anybody, spent their lives standing.
to follow the Olympic motto faster
choose without any hesitation faster.
don't want to stand high. I don't want to stand strong. I
stand fast. The fastest.