and living (
), and the moral purpose, or end, motivating man’s comportment in allsituations.
The six virtues, christened by Mike Mentzer with the acronym HUNGER, arestrikingly similar in character to the virtues of the ancients. Extending beyond the realmof competitive bodybuilding, they represented for Mentzer principles of value, indicativeof and essential to the pursuit of the excellent life.The values of Height, Uplift, Nobility, Grandeur, Exaltation and Reverence(HUNGER) apply to knowledge, philosophy, and character-building, inspiring man to hisfull human potential as a rational, moral, and creative being. In the manner of the ancientGreeks, Mentzer struck a working balance between various forms of knowledge: rational,scientific, and other modes of truth-disclosure, e.g., the intuitive knowledge that comes by way of the creative, aesthetic experience (
).Mentzer understood that knowledge exists in many forms, each holding its owndistinct place in our world-epistemology. When employing this philosophicalcategorization, I am fully aware of the implications, for although rational and scientific tothe end, Mentzer believed that art facilitated a highly complex form of knowledge, albeitsensate in nature, and further, that man’s creative ability to make and remake his worldand values, inspired by aesthetic knowledge, represented his most noble quality.Edith Hamilton’s description of the hallmark of Greek culture in terms of theunification of intellectualism and artistic creativity mirrors Mentzer’s contemporary philosophy of life, art, and sport. Discussing the integrated mind-body connection in
, Hamilton labels the Greeks “spiritual materialists,” for no struggle betweenthe body, the mind, and spirit existed for them. They were “clear, lucid thinkers,” whorefused to deny “the importance of the body (and the knowledge acquired via the senses)