Many things weren’t the case in the past.
I reflect on the Paleo fantasy from time to time. Maybe they ate natural foods, and moved naturally – but you can bet your ass they didn’t diet, and they wouldn’t have shamed people for being fat. I can’t imagine a healthy society where all the time, every day, you’re constantly being told your body is wrong. It’s anathema to health.
And then people wonder about low self-esteem? We wonder about the divide between body and mind – about the perceived dichotomy of body being separate from mind. We are split in two in our own perception. What about the (perhaps totally fanciful) time, when it was just I, me – not my mind and my body? Certainly not my mind versus my body – we have become so used to the language – your body is fighting against you! Your body doesn’t want to lose weight – you gotta trick it, dominate it, fuck it up for your own good.
To move, or to be still... Seeking stillness in motion, motion in stillness. It’s a tai chi kind of thing. Still the mind by moving the body. Calm a restless mind.
Surely you can’t systematically and intentionally exploit people’s fears and insecurities for money, over and over again, and then complain that young people today have become too insecure and sensitive?
Resilience, strength – and then? The perversion of discipline? Discipline should not be applied so that you can become the agent of your own oppression. Discipline enables you to protect and care for that which is fragile, and to reject the pressure to hate – even in the name of love.