It seems to me that it is widely assumed that ‘sporty’ people and ‘arty’ people are poles apart and as one who loves both sport and the arts I’ve grappled with this for years.
It has all come to a head today because there is a writing ‘do’ that I’d love to go to this evening BUT what about Wimbledon? Needless to say, I’m asking myself How could anyone organise anything on men’s quarter finals day at Wimbledon which is bound to go on late into the evening?
But that’s just the warm-up or should I say the ‘preface?’
Back in 1976, I first came upon the concept of paradigms through T.S. Kuhn’s book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. It’s a book that I always keep very close at hand because it has always seemed so useful in trying to grapple with what can seem like different ways of thinking, different worlds. I know, as a young sociology student, I wasn’t really meant to be using Kuhn to help me see how it was possible that someone would think that ‘doing a line’ could only mean ‘ having a fling’ when, of course, it could mean ‘being a line judge’ at Wimbledon or wherever.
I firmly believe that both sport and the arts require creativity. To me, they are like opposite sides of the same creative coin. I think, though, that those who frequent the different camps don’t realise how much they have in common. And worse still, I think there can be a tendency to categorise kids from a very early age as being either ‘arty’ or ‘sporty.’
Yes, ‘natural’ talent and leanings come into play with regard to both sport and the arts but I think we need to look at them as being within the same broad paradigm ~ a paradigm in which there is so much common language.
So, now I must dash and check on the latest scores at Wimbledon. As for the writing ‘do’ tonight, I think that calls for yet another way of ‘doing a line!’