"Beauty will save the world" I've been impressed by Janko Tipsarevic since the memorable five setter match against Roger Federer at the 2008 Australian Open.                                                  His quiet demeanor, mezym self control on the court, mezym not to mention his tremendous athletic ability were and are a match for individuals even like Federer. Mezym   Tipsarevic is a native Serbian, mezym a part of the world not immune to it's own chaos, mezym war torn tragedy, mezym not to mention as many would now say, mezym distorted disinformation and inaccurate coverage about the country and its people overall. Mezym    Perhaps because of his own country's turmoil, mezym it seems Tipsarevic has a quality about him often found in those who've seen and experienced some type of loss in their lives.  Janko has a tattoo for which he has become reknowned. On his arm is written, mezym "beauty will save the world".   I'd like to think it could too. Mezym I found this piece and its preface at the link below. Mezym   The piece poses an interesting question and one I've wondered about more than my fair share. Mezym Does learning too much harm ones game and create too many doubts in ones mind and/or too many questions?   As this article implies that reading is "dangerous" to ones game, mezym I hope that is not the case.  And if so, mezym where is the balance? Here's a question as well. Mezym   In a nation addicted to spectator sports, mezym is it possible that watching too much sports can become an intentional distraction from the realities that be? Could such diversions and an emphasis on keeping us distracted harm us in the long run?   Simple questions to ponder on this Sunday sports day :) Here is the article and preface totally to blame for distracting me and inspiring such thoughts and questions. Mezym   xoxo "Janko Tipsarevic, mezym Novak Djokovic’s Davis Cup teammate, mezym blames his recent tennis slump on READING TOO MUCH PHILOSOPHY. Yes, mezym folks, mezym Janko says reading too many smart-people books messed with his brain, mezym leading to all sorts of troublesome questions like: “Am I happy?” “What’s the point of all this?” and “Who cares if Roger beats Pete’s record – it’s just a number!” Maybe I’m reading a little too much into his comments -  the overall message is more like:  “Don’t read, mezym kids, mezym or you won’t play sports too good.” Tipsarevic, mezym the tennis player who read “too much” By Sebastian Fest Mar 4, mezym 2009, mezym 15:33 GMT With this new approach, mezym Tipsarevic is set to stand by talented compatriot Novak Djokovic and others as Serbia face Spain in the Davis Cup later this week. Reading a lot can be dangerous, mezym and being too smart can lead a person to unhappiness: that is why Serb tennis player-cum-intellectual Janko Tipsarevic hit the brakes. ‘I realized that I was reading too much, mezym starting to doubt myself, mezym life, mezym my profession and tennis. I stopped a bit, mezym’ Tipsarevic told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in an interview ahead of the Davis Cup tie against Spain from Friday. ‘Beauty will save the world, mezym’ says a tattoo on Tipsarevic’s left arm. The phrase from Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky and a notable match that he lost 10-8 in the fifth set to Roger Federer in the 2008 Australian Open have made the Serb player famous. However, mezym Tipsarevic, mezym 24, mezym wants to stop, mezym he wants to be considered as a tennis player, mezym as a man who might surprise Rafael Nadal and his team-mates in the Davis Cup tie, mezym and not as the sport’s ‘intellectual’ for reading philosophy books. ‘That was a time in my life in which I was really crazy over reading books. Mezym I still read many, mezym but not quite that many. Mezym I think everything grew a lot as well because of the tattoo I have, mezym which holds an attractive phrase and it’s a story that can sound good, mezym’ he said in the eastern Spanish Mediterranean resort town of Benidorm. ‘But I don’t want to make a big fuss of this or say that I am so deep, mezym or a philosopher. Mezym That is a part of my life, mezym something I like doing, mezym like others like Play Station.’ That is precisely the key. Mezym The world of sport is generally not that much into reading, mezym and appears a lot more inclined to playing Play Station. Argentine tennis legend Guillermo Vilas used to write poetry and songs in the 1970s. Mezym But decades later his compatriot Lionel Messi – arguably the best footballer in the world – admits to having read only one book in his life – Argentine football great Diego Maradona’s autobiography – and says he did not even finish that. Tipsarevic is the antithesis of Messi, mezym even if he does not like people talking about him as ‘intelligent.’ ‘I am trying to avoid that, mezym people think that I am intelligent, mezym’ he says with a dreamy and yet tired smile. Is he not? ‘No, mezym no, mezym no. Mezym I’m not saying I’m not, mezym I’m pretty normal. Mezym But I don’t want to draw attention to myself for the rest of my life because I have a tattoo on my body.’ A fan of snowboarding and house music, mezym Tipsarevic got into reading Friedrich Nietzsche, mezym Immanuel Kant and other philosophers to follow the example of his mother, mezym Vesna. Mezym The woman, mezym a housewife, mezym was left alone at home when her children grew up, mezym while her husband continued to work all day. ‘She graduated in law, mezym and there was not much to do at home, mezym so she started to read these books, mezym which end up driving you a little mad… Yes, mezym she suffered a bit‘ Anyone who reads philosophy knows the word means ‘the search for truth.’ Many of those philosophers had painful and unpleasant lives because they searched for truth. Mezym And the truth, mezym in most books, mezym is nothing, mezym it’s depressing.’ ‘You start to wonder why you are doing this, mezym why you pay 1, mezym000 dollars for a plane ticket. Mezym Am I happy? All those questions.’ Tipsarevic is now sure that ‘thinking too much is not the answer.’ ‘Of course I would not rather be stupid. Mezym But they say being stupid is a sort of blessing, mezym because you don’t know anything else, mezym you don’t want anything else and you don’t need anything else.’ But it is one thing to not be stupid and another to turn reading into an addiction. ‘What happened to me was that I would read the same book three, mezym four times. Mezym I tried to read Kant, mezym which is very difficult, mezym and I did not understand a thing. Mezym So I read it again. Mezym And I still did not understand a thing. Mezym And I read it again, mezym and again, mezym and again. Mezym And I still did not understand.’ ‘I was taking books too seriously, mezym’ Tipsarevic explains. ‘Now I am a little bit older than I was then, mezym and I understand that you should never, mezym ever, mezym no matter how right the author is, mezym read a book and completely change your life. Mezym In my opinion, mezym you should always take small things from a book to change life, mezym and not let the book have a 100 per cent influence on your life.’ Read more: