I had a strange realization the other day. One of those things that you just sort of have known for most of your life, but either never paid attention to, or really, really wanted to convince yourself didn't actually occur. What I realized is that it's not that most people are stupid, it's that a good amount of them just don't care! Yep, I'm a really in-depth and kind realize-r.
I made this realization hanging out with a couple friends and watching them literally gorge themselves with incredibly crappy foods. We joked about it a little, and never really looked below the surface about what it meant. And when I playfully bantered with them about what it would be like if they actually ate perfectly, they made it pretty clear that they honestly just didn't care enough to do so. They were fine the way they were. They had found success enough to make them have no real desire to dramatically change the way they approached their lives. This made me think about interactions I've had with people in the past and how it's actually really easy to get people to realize what is good and bad. And it hit me: if most people actually know which are the right choices and which are the wrong ones, why would they choose the wrong ones?
Now this could go into a wonderful 500 page book on the philosophy of right and wrong, and while I kind of want to go there, I just don't have the attention span, or the skill to actually do that. So, I'll boil down to one particular thought I have about this. People just don't care about (most) right and wrong if it doesn't cause them immediate and horrible damage. I know people who feel like death after eating ice cream, yet they eat it two or more times a week. Huh? I know people who literally can't fall asleep after watching TV after a certain time, but they decide to watch TV right before they go to bed almost every night. I'll bet if you take just a couple moments, you'll be able to think of at least one thing that you do that you know is not good. Don't worry about the why just yet, just sit for a moment and think about how strange that actually is.
"It's in your nature to destroy yourselves"
Bet you can't guess who said that?! I'll come back to that. This quote made me think for days just how stupid we humans are. We are given the most intelligent brain of all living things, we create and invent at a frightening speed, all with the intention of making life better. Yet we can't even figure out how to eat healthy. We are too intelligent for our own good. By the way, that quote was from Terminator 2. Yep, deep and meaningful for sure. If I drink myself "until I don't feel feelings" as another less insightful quote says, then wake up in the morning feeling like crap, what happens? Eventually it goes away and I'm back to normal. So, it can't be all that bad if it just goes away, right? If I eat this white bread and a bag of skittles and don't end up in the hospital, who really cares in the end, right? Sure it might have killed someone else, but it didn't kill me, so whatever. Then what happens when it does effect you? "Oh no, doc, give me something for my horrible stomach pains!" "Why am I so sick all the time?" "Cancer sucks, why did I have to get this crap?". On and on, and yes, I could get even more dramatic. And the funny thing is, I have used this argument on some people and you know what a lot of them say? "Whatever man, we'll see". Idiots. Start caring for Gods sake!!
Everything is connected. What you eat, how you sleep, your activity level, how you retain information, how you interact, the way you think, your reactions to others and things, it is ALL connected. If you choose to just not care about one or many of those things, you are giving up on all the gifts you were given at birth and you end up taking your life for granted. People who take their lives for granted SUCK! And people who take their lives for granted without even knowing it, well, man that is just so sad. If you were given the gift of health, and can somehow keep on walking through all the abuse to keep putting yourself through on a daily basis, stop insulting the ones who have to work their asses off to feel even half as good as you every now and then and start caring about yourself. Just because YOU don't get cancer when you smoke does not make it fine to smoke, have some respect for yourself. Yes you can replace smoking in this example with practically anything, just use your head and attempt to put a little effort into living. And if you think your are fine, maybe take a moment to think about what it might be like if you were better. What if you spent your days constantly striving for better? Would that be good for you? good for your family, your friends, your work, EVERYTHING around you?
I don't think it's in our nature to destroy ourselves, we all have the ability to better ourselves in all ways, every single day. We are given the choice every second that we are alive to make right and wrong choices. All you have to do is care a little more about yourself and the ones around you and you will end up making WAY more right choices than wrong. And perhaps you won't destroy yourself.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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