What’s the Value of Exercise?
1. When we talk about the physical body we might say “use it or loose it”. Even the school systems all have a physical training regimen. That does tone the body, but it also serves to show young students that there are winners and losers in the world, and it helps them to place themselves in that hierarchy.
If you already have an active occupation, maybe you don’t need exercise, or you can work those muscle groups that are not part of your typical daily movement. Or if you are physically or mentally exhausted, maybe long running or jogging will put your mind on just breathing, and you will unwind in that way.
One characteristic of this exercise is that it is energy spent that you do not get paid for, (unless you are a coach).
2. We also say that it pays to keep your mind active, do crossword puzzles, play cards and games with friends, play memory games. This might qualify as exercise in that it is unpaid labor.
Reading is good, but it gives a payback, since it broadens thought and perhaps has a possibility to broaden your life.
3. What about talking? Do we need to flap our jaw or risk premature ageing? I think that it might be the other way around, that mindless flapping proves that we are already ageing. We are spending our attention contemplating sequences of words, that when put together make no possible difference to our (or anyone else’s) life. Words are just sounds. It is astute sequences of words that is useful thought. Useful thought begins with an astute question. To get a good question, many mediocre questions must be discarded.
To make an interesting forum post you write a statement or question that is already very meaningful to your life. Actually everything that we say in life is our way of approaching “who we are”. Everything that we say or think is about me. At least there is a space in my every expression where I also reside, and that space may be viewed by us as binding or liberating. Those statements are the fountainhead of our emotions. Also my life experiences are the benchmark of everything I say about the other.
Some people’s speech is very direct, and they easily expose themselves. Who they are (in this moment) is reflected in their good natured empowerment, in this moment. Other people complicate their speech endlessly, until they absolutely cannot find out who they are. That brings them to declare I am nobody. That is their preference after failing to find temporal meaning.
If used right, what is the value of this forum? One time years ago, I considered only giving accounts to those with a self photo as an icon. I also ran workshops here, where you surely had to have a photo, because the whole point of the workshop was to find honesty.
Of course people use this space for their own ends. If they want to be seen as being on the winning team, they like making declarations. If they are eloquent at making these (for them) conventional wisdom claims, they tend to shut everyone else up. There is no answer to a declaration, except a counter declaration, so what’s the point.
Still many people have genuine dialogues with others, and I am sure we all grow from that.