is a discipline of movement through an environment (usually urban) in
a smooth, efficient, and enjoyable manner. Focusing on preserving the
runner's momentum, parkour requires extensive physical and mental training in order to develop
the necessary strength, stamina, and confidence. It was
created by a group of friends in France calling themselves "Yamakasi".
Most notable of these young pioneers are David Belle and Sebastian Foucan.
Parkour has been likened by some to eastern martial arts. This
view emphasizes the inclusion of a spiritual
element to parkour in order to progress from a technical skill set
to a deeper "zen-like" experience. But does this experience reflect a
lasting reality, or merely a fleeting emotion? Over the past century,
more and more people have adopted a formless spirituality as they live
their lives in the vastness of space and time. This trend has left
humanity with an endless number of competing definitions of reality. How can one know what is REAL?
Is spirituality truly anything more than fabrication devised for the purpose of exercising power
and authority over the masses, or else conjured up to make oneself
able to cope with the cosmic unfairness of life?
In first century Athens, on a place called Mars Hill, the learned
people of the time erected statues to every god they had ever heard of.
Afraid of provoking divine wrath, they even
dedicated an altar "TO AN
UNKNOWN GOD". Even
they recognized that their
knowledge, no matter how extensive, was incomplete. A man named Paul
told them about this "unknown god"...