consumerism, happiness, stoicism

Becoming a human being

When was the last time you exercised? Or made and effort that forced you to breath heavily and your heart rate increase? I hope it was recently, but you will have to agree that this is not the case in the great majority of people living in the western society. You probably know at someone who will think it is unthinkable to walk up the stairs for a few stories, or that would never conceive cycling for more than 5km, or that the thought of exercise provokes reactions similar to torture.

What do you think, fat bellies and thighs, inability to move or do simple gardening tasks independently without a gas or electrical powered machine say about us as individuals and society? I do not think is a good sign, or the right way to go by.

When was the last time you were in a forest and stopped to contemplate the beauty of the ecosystem? I, again, hope it was recently, but again, you will have to agree that this is not the case in the great majority of people living in the western society. We think reality is concrete and tarmac, tall buildings, big cars and houses with grass lawns.

Again, what do you think, the way we live says about us as individuals and society?

We have become completely decoupled to what it means to be a human being, we treat nature like a toy, we only care about it if we are going to drive through it on our weekend trip. Besides that, we live in our own little (and big) shells made of brick and mortar where we live in, and shells made of steel and rubber that we use to move around.

Do a favor to your health, your happiness, your well being, your community and your planet. Become a human being again. Move, does not matter what, do something, start by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, take your bicycle when your trip is not longer that 5km, then 10km, then 15km, lift weights, run, swim, switch from power to manual tools. Experience, again, the satisfaction of accomplishing something with your body and your skills.

Go out breath the clean air of the forest. And most importantly, respect our planet. We only have one, and it is dying.

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