The strongman and the small bird – Books & Covers

I have been thinking about books and their covers and the judging that may occur.

Assumptions based on structure and appearance are probably best avoided, why? because structure does not always determine function, be that a book cover, a person or animal.

In my past I have had the following statement delivered to me in a hushed tone “…you have premature degeneration of the spine..” if i had believed what the medical imaging said it may have become a self fulfilling phrophecy, however i sought better ways to use myself, the result was then having no pain for the following 10 to 15 years since. Heres the thing I had pain and was scanned and the structure was seen to be worn and that was deemed to be the cause. In due time I changed the way i functioned the pain disappeared never to reappear despite no change in structure and able to lift heavy weights and paddle kayaks.

In a similar vein people see small people and do not expect them to be strong and see big people and not expect them to be sensitive. The linking of traits to the size of the animal is flawed to say the least.

Regardless of the size of the mammal they have innervation and feedback. Those mammals do not feel big or small to their brains, their nervous systems just sense and don’t judge their own size.

These cultural expectations of size to sensitivity can then lead to those who are big or small to act out and accept these roles.

A case that bucks this trend is that of Geoff Capes, listed below are some of his achievements:

1. Worlds strongest man twice.
2. Highland games world champion six times.
3. Commonwealth Games Shot put Gold medalist twice.
4. Deadlift-454.5kg (18”deficit) Squat-380kg Bench-300kg
5. Height 1.97m Weight 150kg (competing weight)

Now all the personal statistics be they height or weight match with the sporting performance and choice of activities.

Now heres the thing, I recall the press shock when they discovered his hobby, it always came up on chat shows and in interviews. The hobby in question was the breeding of Budgerigars at which he had some success also.

Geoff Capes

Thinking on it what did the journalists think would prevent him from handling small birds, did they think he could only apply massive forces through his hands and that delicate touch is the preserve of the smaller human?

So think on that.

“Size matters not, look at me” – Yoda

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