Posted by: 4pack | September 11, 2008

Exercise Is Not Torture…Machiavelli Was Tortured And Was Inspired By It

EVEN THOUGH WE HERE AT FOUR PACK ADVOCATE AN 80-90% DIET RATIO, EXERCISE IS VERY IMPORTANT…IT’S NOT TORTURE BUT EVEN IF YOU THINK IT’S TORTURE, JUST READ WHAT MACHIAVELLI HAD TO GO THROUGH TO BE FRIENDS WITH THE DE MEDICI’S…A LITTLE HUMOR AND PERSPECTIVE IS ALWAYS WELCOME:
“One method of torture used in Florentine jails during the glorious days of the Renaissance was the strappado: a prisoner was hoisted into the air by a rope attached to his wrists, which had been tied behind his back, and then suddenly dropped toward the floor as many times as it took to get him to confess. Since the procedure usually dislocated the shoulders, tore the muscles, and rendered one or both arms useless, it is remarkable that Niccolò Machiavelli, after reportedly undergoing six such “drops,” asked for pen and paper and began to write. Machiavelli had nothing to confess. Although his name had been found on an incriminating list, he had played no part in a failed conspiracy to murder the city’s newly restored Medici rulers. (Some said that it was Giuliano de’ Medici who had been targeted, others that it was his brother Cardinal Giovanni.) He had been imprisoned for almost two weeks when, in February, 1513, in a desperate bid for pardon, he wrote a pair of sonnets addressed to the “Magnificent Giuliano,” mixing pathos with audacity and apparently inextinguishable wit. “I have on my legs, Giuliano, a pair of shackles,” he began, and went on to report that the lice on the walls of his cell were as big as butterflies, and that the noise of keys and padlocks boomed around him like Jove’s thunderbolts.”
 
 
 

 

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