Fifteen years ago, Gulf War vet Authur Boorman was told that he would never walk without assistance again.
Now ignoring that this is also marketing for former WWE wrestler Diamond Dallas Page‘s yoga products, I wanted to highlight this video for a few reasons – its schmaltzy soundtrack not being one of them. A lot of Grinders focus on body mods like magnetic implants and internal compasses and prosthetics like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation rigs, AR glasses and brain-controlled arms and legs. But what Authur is doing is no less “Grinding” than any of those things. We use what works, and sometimes what works are systems people have been using to repair and enhance their bodies for thousands of years.
In a world where even some of our staunchest allies in the H+ movement are more interested in what price tag they can place on a posthuman future, it is important to remember that there exists technology beyond what we’ve been sold. This isn’t a defense of “woo” – my interests here are practical – this is a reminder that while many of us love cutting edge tech, there are technologies on the ground to be picked up and used to heal, control, and enhance our bodies and minds. I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in building a future that has a cover charge.
Of course, if you find something doesn’t work for you, move on to something else. There’s no right or wrong way to rebuild and temper yourself.
Enjoy the work.