It always amazed me at how two-faced our society is. On one hand, everyone is talking about exercise and healthy living/eating/etc, while on the other they’re criticizing and discouraging anyone who actually decided to follow the advices everyone is so full of.
The first one I always hear is:
running is bad for your knees, you’ll have trouble later if your running on pavement/dirt/at all.
Sadly, this is often the most encouraging thing people can say once they learned that someone decided to start exercising and already went for a few runs. There is often no alternative suggested, beside the one where you go for a beer with them instead.
I imagine the world is full similar excuses for other sportsand this is not limited to running.
The second one, that I love is that once I start thinking about the food I eat. Mind you, just thinking and wondering what’s healthy. The answer is usually:
you have to eat meat and diary products because otherwise you’ll get malnutrition and sick
once again, coming from the people who survive their days on pizza and fried steaks, as you suggest that maybe having a more vegetable rich lunch might be a good idea (and I’m not talking about salads). Based on my anecdotal experience, the abuse received from conformist eaters must the be the hardest part of such diet.
Feel free to comment with the excuses you hear for not doing something that is good for you.
Studying sociology and related social sciences has a strange impact on a person. I don’t believe it’s possible to study society and it’s inner working, rules and other related things, without changing your behaviour. You learn a few different rules along the way that helps you rationalize your decisions and your own worlds.
What I’m going to talk about in these sociology posts can be also seen as a form of a Mind Hack.
To properly start your sociology class is to start with basic notion:
Humans are social beings.
My interpretation of this notion is that you have to accept the social part of the idea. You’re part of your group, you follow norms and values of your culture and if you work and act alone, your potential is not fully realized.
What I’ve done in this case is to interpret a lot of my decisions based on how social they are. This means that in contrast to staying alone far away for long times, you actually have to step out and meet and interact with others.
The idea itself can be pretty abstract but it does stop me from doing things alone a lot of times. It also forces me to find positive things in team-work (which is very easy these days with all the great teams around me).
I was looking at my Facebook feed today as a pattern suddenly occurred to me. From all the things people post to their account or change, almost the only one that consistently gets at least one comment from someone is when they change relationship status to a lower level. Going from married to single or declaring that it’s complicated.
A few months ago I speculated that it’s unfortunate that Facebook doesn’t allow you publicly lose a friend, but luckily enough it allows you to publicly dump someone.
As evidence I present this nice rendering of my Facebook time line of today.
I’m going to be short today and spare a lenghty rant about the importance of relationships in human society.