We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am certain I was the oldest guy in our morning Athletic Conditioning class early this morning. Somebody has to be eldest but I am not elderly. Anyway, we did it in the parking lot, 36 guys and gals of all ages and all levels of fitness. At this point, I keep up with most of the gals but not all the guys, many of whom can sprint past me, especially the high school kids. That sucks for me but I have determination.
The thing is that everybody sort-of bonds in these classes in their efforts, like boot camp. Everybody makes it fun and cheers on each other, even the laggards.
I had two thoughts about today's exercise party. First, calisthenic-type exercise is much more fun in groups. Everybody works harder, not competitively but inspirationally. Second, avoiding groups and social isolation truly do make people insane in a way by providing no societal reality testing. Or maybe people isolate to protect their personal insanity from outside reality checks. You have to learn where you stand, and how you connect. That thought was from one of Peterson's sentences, but I saw that even something like an exercise class is a social and socially-correcting event.
This morning's exercise routines below the fold -
We were outdoors, 48 degrees F. Warm-up:
4 circuits of the parking lot, running jump rope 4 circuits of the parking lot, side-shuffle chest pass heavy balls 4 circuits of the parking lot, 1/2 sprints and 1/2 jogs 2 circuits of the parking lot, 1/2 lunges and 1/2 back-pedaling
The rest of the hour was a 5-ring circus of the following one-minute efforts until the hour was done (yes, we dragged the row erg machines outdoors):
Row erg races Kettlebell swings Push-ups Planks, all sorts Running in place with viper lifts Band lifts of all sorts
After that, I spent a couple of hours in the office to make a living, then had a leftover steak sandwich and went on a two-hour hike in the woods with the Mrs. after she got home from her Yoga and checking in on her parents.
Supper tonight with friends, and I am thinking some oysters and some meat, and a glass or two of wine.
For our foreign readers, that's your slice of life in Yankeeland...
Everybody works harder, not competitively but inspirationally.
I like that phrasing. I also think this is not something that is not common to all people, or at least not to the same degree. Many people have a zero-sum win/lose orientation that comes out even when it's not appropriate.
Second, avoiding groups and social isolation truly do make people insane in a way by providing no societal reality testing. Or maybe people isolate to protect their personal insanity from outside reality checks. You have to learn where you stand, and how you connect.
Again I like this but think it varies among groups. A group having an externally defined and measurable objective, liking improving fitness, is going to be better for this even if the members are working somewhat independently. A group working on a goal that's defined solely with reference to the group and without a clear objective measure of achievement is more likely to go in the other direction, reinforcing each member's individual rejection of reality.
That's great. Exercise classes really are a social event. I live near a gym, and the people look they're having a great time!
But when it comes to social events, there used to be a much wider variety. Back in the day, there were a lot of men's clubs like the Mason's, and the Elk's. But these clubs were attacked for being men's-only. And a lot of them didn't allow Blacks, either. So they were shut-down. During that same period of time, women's clubs proliferated. So did Black organizations like the NAACP.
Those white men's clubs need to be brought back; but that can only happen if there is true freedom of association. The left doesn't try to win in court; it tries to win by demonizing white men. According to them, any group of white men is evil, because they might organize.
I have seen many health stories on the benefits of socializing. But they don't specify what kind of socializing---with family, friends, or with store cashiers, wait staff, bus drivers, etc.?
But I found out from a book presentation from a professor who said the latest research shows that it is the 'stranger socializing' that really benefits us.
In your own experience, you are more likely to be 'nice' to a stranger than you are to your spouse or your children (some say couples spend very little time talking with each other, and kids spend little time talking with parents).
Why are you 'nicer' to a stranger? Because you have been taught to be nicer, to be kind, polite, respectful, and all that.
And doing all this makes you happier, according to research.
It also benefits you to volunteer to help others, and this can happen in a public setting where you help someone with a package, or open a door for someone.