Grateful and happy to be part of this beautiful endeavor by WholeMe/Neuromusings in Australia : ) I had so much fun answering their questions!
At the core of my life philosophy is the idea that we are all strong beyond measure. As one of my favorite Finnish philosophers, Dr. Esa Saarinen, often says: “There is more to us than meets the eye, more that is good”. In short, that’s what the research on sisu is all about – as well as imagining no limits.
Few days ago, WholeMe stumbled upon ‘Are you mentally tough?‘ from Scott Barry Kaufman in Scientific American. In this great article on “mental toughness” beyond the body, Scott introduces the reader to the notion of ‘Sisu’, a finish word ‘which refers to extraordinary determination, courage, and resoluteness in the face of extreme adversity’.
I instantly fell in love with the word ‘Sisu’. First because of its semantic, neither in french, english nor spanish, a word describes so well what one can achieve through wholeness. Second because if there is a word it means there is hope. Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”. For more on the semantic of ‘Sisu’ (versus perseverance, resilience, etc.) see the last
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