The Bannister Effect- Why Seeing The Impossible Happen Makes It Possible

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By Luke Miller Truth Theory

There has been some real progress being made with my son at his school, I will be the first to admit that academically he is not the most advanced in his class, but physically he has been excelling at a rate which is quite hard to comprehend.

In the school playground they have a set of parallel bars, some monkey bars and a small obstacle course which when I pick him up from school he shows me all his new skills. When I first picked him up after he returned from his school holidays a few months back, him and his friends clumsily tried to move across the obstacles. He done a pretty good job of it, but he was very hesitant and rigid.

Since then I must say I have been blown away been his progression- the next week he was flying across the monkey bars like a pro. The week after he was scaling the parallel bars and hanging upside down. The next he was going backwards, upside down and swinging with one arm like an actual monkey.

He has become a very fast sprinter, has the strength of a small bear and is looked up to by the other kids as the king of the monkey bars, producing new moves every week for the masses to see.

But what was really beautiful about this whole situation is every time he would do one of his impossible upside down, no handed dangles, the next week another kid would be able to do the same trick. The impossible moves he has produced have caught on and things are starting to look more like an olympic training centre than a children’s play area at his school.

This is what is called the Roger Bannister effect. Prior to 1954 the thought of someone running a mile in under 4 minutes was ridiculous. It was impossible. Some professionals even went on the record saying the human body could not cope with the strain.

In 1954 Roger Bannister completed this impossible feat and broke the record for the 4 minute mile with a time of 3:59.4. Once he done this 46 days later someone broke his record. To this day 4518 and counting have run a mile in under 4 minutes. The world record is now Hicham El Guerrouj with his time of 3:43.13. 17 seconds off of the impossible 4 minutes.

These are 2 very different examples of people seeing someone doing something they did not know was possible and as a result being able to do the impossible themselves. This is what I feel like we are facing on the planet at the moment. Many groups are popping up in opposition of the power imbalance we have that is creating inequality all over the globe. We recorded this video to show what we are doing about this imbalance-

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