Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Matter and spirit?

I have been waiting for a moment, to publish my prior post which I chose to hide just weeks after posting, as I felt it badly needed a sequel. This is no sequel, but I cannot find a more opportune moment to re-post it again, hoping to seamlessly start from where I left off, and try to relate matter and spirit, speaking of which my current and future posts may be all about.

Being a keen "armchair" enthusiast of racing, and especially of MotoGP, I have not been lately posting too much about my views over the past few seasons, chiefly because of a heavy monotone and lack of context that I happened to decipher while casually browsing over my old posts in recent times.

In this post, I hope to string together into a perspective which I hope to find insightful, should I stumble upon it decades hence - so here goes my views on the 2015 "dream" MotoGP season:

I will not illustrate the intense season that was MotoGP in 2015, and would rather direct you towards posts  from renowned journalists who ever so beautifully narrate them race after race. Both VR and JL rode the season of their lives, with classic VR effortlessly dicing a certain MM93 coming his way, while JL went on to win the championship from blistering qualifying, race starts and run-away wins. JL and VR fans alike, no wonder called this a dream of a season.

What we were blind to about VR all along, were his "woes" - an inability to match up with JL and MM in qualifying sprints. JL, on the other hand, lost races solely due to his own indifference, relegating him behind VR in championship rankings early on in the season.

So who deserved to be champion more?

An objective mind without a doubt would say JL, as championship is the only metric for objectivity here. He is truly deserving of it, any which way you choose to quantify the championship.

However, like music, racing is all about feeling, and something somewhere subconsciously strives to equate an objectivity to it; and who better than VR to effortlessly translate feeling? Well, VR also possesses a great sense of objectivity, going by his nine championship titles. However, he happens to be one of the few that appear to translate both feeling and objectivity so well. James Hunt, Senna were others - but that calls for another post...

"Feeling", like objectivity can also have a dark side. Whether it was right or wrong for MM93 to feel that urge to cause VR  to lose, is something one could debate over forever. Materialist science can never measure or prove intent, thus leaving everyone to speculate MM93's role in the championship outcome. While such behavior does cast a cloud upon the sport, no rule can be formulated to force a rider to not sandbag. VR did sandbag himself, albeit for entirely different reasons in those years that brought him so much glory and a growing fanbase. I think, it was ok for MM93 to sandbag if he felt so, no matter what his intent; however it was very wrong of race direction to penalize VR, when he was supposedly teaching just the right lesson to MM93 in Sepang. Letting them both go with a word of warning, without either being penalized may have made for a more fair finale at Valencia.

Matter and spirit may not necessarily be congruent - can materialist science account for this dichotomy? Science has never made an honest effort to objectify emotional reasoning. We find it "comforting" to quantify material, at-face-value facts and make easy, dogmatic conclusions that have no place for non-quantifiable (?) unknowns in an argument simply because they are not neat enough to measure, thus implying that the "material" is more worthy than the unknown.

If materialist science were to look less at face-value, and exercise feeling, perhaps we'd have a metric to actually quantify it...
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