Jesus: the first modern coach in the history of mankind
I want to reassure the reader.
This isn’t a blasphemous essay.
I’m the most Catholic and Christian of the Catholics and Christians on earth, maybe even a bit “stiff”, but for sure I’m no Saint, even because in order to be that way there is a little particular, a trifle: sanctity comes only after death, and luckily I’m not dead yet!
Apart from this joke, I want to let you know that I don’t want to write on this topic because I’m anticlerical, on the other hand, I believe that this topic, this different point of view, could be the prompt for many people to recover their faith, in case the had lost it.
I had lost my faith too… how careless of me! I thought I had lost it forever and definitively. Have you ever wondered how things happen? How is it that we think and we are so convinced that something, a fact, an event could never happen and then it occurs in front of us in a tangible and undeniable way? It happened the same to me, I would have never thought that it could happen and I would have never thought I could recover it.
Let’s go back to the train of thought. It spontaneously arises the question:
“Who is this coach?”
“The coaching is a form of personal development in which a person (called coach) supports a client (called coachee) in achieving a specific personal, professional or athletic goal. A coach provides specific support towards the acquisition of a higher level of awareness, responsibility, choice, confidence and autonomy.”
The actual figure of the coach, the one indicated by Wikipedia, was born in the 80s in the USA and it derives from the sports environment, so the trainer.
“Indeed, the coaching can be considered a true method of training, since, the same way the trainer encourages the athlete to exercise and develop the muscles, the coach promotes in his client the expression and the development of his potential.” (source: “Il coaching per te”)
Yes, I know that it has been universally recognized that the very first coach in history was Socrates. It’s exactly from this point that we will start talking about the parallelism between Socrates and Jesus.
Socrates claimed that the man is essentially and first of all his spiritual, immortal and rational soul, while the body is irrational and easily corruptible from passions and pleasure.
In order to lead his interlocutor to the truth, in order to make him acquire a higher level of awareness, Socrates used the dialectic, he talked for metaphors.
He had various disciples that loyally followed him and that, in the future, would share and spread the Socratic thought even in writing, since the philosopher had never wanted to write.
Furthermore, Socrates was sentenced to death for what he said and what it represented.
Now, of course, it’s not easy to reduce the magnificence of a character like Socrates in so few descriptive lines, but they are already enough to give an overall picture of which could be the contact points with Jesus.
Even Jesus claimed that the man has a spiritual and immortal soul and that the body is tempted by the impulses that lead him to sin.
Jesus, when he talked in public, used to use parables (metaphors) in order to make more comprehensible the concepts he explained and his intent was to elevate who listened to him, so to develop a higher level of awareness.
Even Jesus has never written anything, but his disciples were the ones who later put on paper what he had done and said in his life.
Even Jesus was sentenced to death for what he had done and said in his life and for what he represented.
Without dwelling too much on further parallelisms, it has then been demonstrated that Jesus and Socrates have much more in common than what it’s been thought and, for sure, they have been copied by the modern coaches.
“Well. come on, Wolf Dario, it’s easy to make these resemblances between Jesus and Socrates and then why the title “Jesus: the first modern coach in the history of mankind”? What about it? What have you been smoking?”
Yes, of course, I just made, in a very simplistic and fast way, a comparison between the two figures of Jesus and Socrates, more on their method of teaching and “coaching” than on something else.
Always remaining on the methods of teaching, I would like to take into consideration those that are the innovations introduced by Jesus and that have been “copied” by the new contemporary coaches.
The modern coaches to teach people, instead of individual sessions, prefer to gather the largest number of people in spacious rooms.
Even Jesus did so, but instead of rooms (well at best they could have been synagogues), he preferred squares or public spaces. Who doesn’t remember the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, where a crowd of people gathered on the right shore of the Jordan to listen to Jesus’ teaching.
The modern coaches are rounded by collaborators/disciples in order to get help in the work of teaching, just like Jesus did.
The brilliant idea of the modern coaches, more often than not, is the one to end the collective coaching session making the disciples walk on hot coals; well, where did they get this idea from?
Well, doesn’t this remind you of anything?
Come on, you can get it: Jordan… boats… Jesus that walked on water and Peter that tried to go to him… yes, I’m talking about the miracle of Jesus walking on water.
What can I say? Did I exaggerate with the parallelisms and comparison between Jesus and Socrates? Did I “pull” by the hair a theory that just really doesn’t stand up?
Yes, probably. Everything I have written in this essay is very provocative and made to instill in the reader that little spark of free thought that can start the fire of the radical thought.
But of course, I’m sure about something: Socrates existed and, even though he has never wanted to write down anything, luckily his thought and his teaching were able to arrive up to the present day, crossing more than 2000 years of history.
And Jesus? Yes, I’m talking about Jesus, did he really exist? The detractors of the figure of Jesus hypothesize that he never really existed and that he is an invention of the Catholic Church. But the same people maybe believe that Socrates existed for real. But if Socrates existed 400 years before Christ, and about this, I repeat there is absolutely no doubt, why even Jesus shouldn’t have existed? Up to the point that he is not only mentioned on the biased books, but even “Jesus, as long as Titus Flavius Josephus and Paul the Apostle, is the most debated and mention Jewish figure of his time” (quote by David Flusser: Israeli historian and biblist)
Oh yeah, now I got the way things went down. The Catholic Church has taken as an example the life of Socrates and has created out of thin hair the figure of Jesus and they were so good at it to persuade the writers of his time to produce numerous documents in which they mentioned him. Furthermore, they were so good to hold up for more than two thousand years this “puppet show” on the existence of Jesus and, to have more credibility, they have made a deal with the Muslims in such a way that the Islamic religion would affirm Jesus existence.
Yes, yes, for me, that’s exactly what happened!