Is Falling Freedom?

Ideas of Freedom from Frosti

Frosti

What is this dreamer's dream we're all running so fast to find? We call out our actions in the name of sacred stolen freedom but what has been taken from us? Did we lose it at some point, when they built that wall did we say to ourselves: "How horrible, I've been contained! Suddenly my urge to overcome this obstacle is insatiable!" Most likely we weren't even alive or aware of that wall when it was being built, if anything we most likely welcomed it as another place to train. So what is this beautiful mysterious freedom we deem to be greatest over all?

Perhaps it is the act of overcoming, when i vault this rail i am defying the rail's inherent nature, that of blocking my, diverting my movement, forcing me into a path not of my choosing. But am i freed of my own constraints? Am i not supposed to follow in one straight line, isn't that just following another set rule of motion, isn't that just as constraining? So if i really want to be free should i just run amok, jumping about however i please? Say i run along next to the rial, following it's instruction exactly, isn't that my freedom as well? What is parkour? Is running straight across a parking lot parkour?

Is it instead the mental escape? "I am not longer held down to this ground, to the set ideas of society, i am free." So i run round, hopping benches and jumping over walls, showing the world that i am not like them, i am free to be whoever i want to be. Is that parkour, is it about proving that you are not one of those people? Because if parkour is just a freedom of your movement, not contained by how everyday "normal" people move then wouldn't mountain climbing or skydiving be parkour? You are quite literally not letting anything stop you from making your way to point B from point A, not a mountain or miles of sky.

So what is it? I can't deny that i also seek this same brilliant freedom every time i slip on my trainers and head out to run. I can relay the same sense of freedom when i've cleared the gap, landed the jump, finished the vault. Is it an internal freedom, some indescribable feeling that we get when we've overcome something within, proved something to ourselves? Whatever this freedom is, wherever it went, i'm glad we all lost it, because as long as it's gone we still have something to do.


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1. 23-11-2005 16:48

if we had nothing to attain, we'd become mechanical. we'd lose the spark that makes us humans. which came first, humanity, or the desire to overcome one's self? neither, they are one and the same.  
 
i don't know if i believe in the bible, but i thank each day that adam and eve were cast from eden. you can't parkour in paradise. perfection is the ultimate flaw.
pesujo

2. 14-01-2006 05:59

u actually have a good point there. However, pesujo, if a world of "parkour friendly" objects is your paradise, you would be able to parkour in paradise. See what i mean?
CQuence

3. 26-03-2007 13:37

I think that our cities and places are very structured and we don't have true freedom of how we get places. Now with parkour i think we realise arent actually held back
moawolf

4. 24-04-2007 12:07

I don't think that we can grasp perfection, and even if we could, we wouldn't know what it is like because we have never been subjected to it. If we were in Paradise, I don't think that you would want to parkour. I mean it is paradise!  
By the way, how do you not know whether you believe in the Bible or not, you do or you don't. You mind can change but there is no gray area.
Oxford

5. 29-08-2007 15:39

you know in relation with he title falling is freedom ya know. after u jump a wall the way down a great piece of the fun and feels great. :grin
umier

6. 17-01-2008 10:16

we as humans (or maybe we as Truacers?) seek to revert back to a happier time in humanity. We want to be free, but society fears freedom. Society is a mob and a mob has only one simple purpose, one single mindset. So when somebody goes against this mindset, they are automatically feared or shunned by the group. Because of our individualism we are hated by the mannequins of modern society...but now that I think of it, is that really so bad?
nikolastynan91

7. 25-03-2008 02:22

Wow thats an amazing perspective and i believe I do feel free every time I do vault or scale a 8 foot wall its freedom that not many people get to feel, so it makes it special.

8. 17-09-2008 03:54

all of u guy are correct about society. it doesnt like people who are different from everyone else. it wants u to blend in with everyone else. freedom has to be attained, so all i can say is: GO PARKOUR!!!!

9. 22-01-2009 09:56

parkour is the absolute best sport because you can do it anywhere! you don't need a bat or a ball, all yuo need i s shoes. :zzz i agree with all of you guys (except that bible thing because the bible is totally true.) parkour rocks. wait a sec, its not even a sport! its an art. this art doesnt need perfection or else it'd be gymnastics! lol. :grin

10. 15-02-2010 09:43

THATS AN INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE, IS THERE ANY ONE IN THE BAY AREA TO PRACTICE WITH :zzz

11. 30-10-2011 06:22

When I freerun by myself and people come come up to me and say, "What the heck are you doing, running around like an idiot?" I say "No, this a art,the art of movement. It's called parkour, and I'm different than you." so if I see a wall infront of me, pfft, I'll wallrun it, while other people just walk around it. I do parkour maybe to wake sombody up, to tell them I'm not like them. So when I do a sideflip off this wall, I don't care if people stare at me. So what I'm trying to say is, if you fall, It's because your afraid not to fall. Choose not to.

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