What I've Been Thinking About
I was recently thinking about something I heard in an interview between Jordan Peterson and Catholic bishop Robert Barron. During this conversation they were discussing some issues that they have noticed as of late, primarily that there is too much mercy in the world and not enough justice. There is too much acceptance of ideas and/or behaviors even if they may be irrational. There is nobody there that puts those ideas or behaviors in check.
Let me explain what I mean by the word justice. The word just can be defined as "based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair." Justice is not ruling with an iron fist. Justice is acting appropriately and fair in response to an action that occurred. For example, when our concern as parents, coaches, educators, etc. is with not hurting a child's feelings rather than teaching them right from wrong, we could be planting the seed for some serious behavioral issues down the road. This idea of justice is having boundaries and sticking to them. It is about teaching and correcting.
I was talking with a kid this week about the best way to improve for his candidate fitness test for the armed forces. During this test, he needs to perform a bunch of endurance related events one after the other with little to no rest. This assessment is going to require a lot of physically. One way we discussed improving for this test was to perform these exercises over the course of a day. For example, lets say you can perform 20 pushups. Set a goal to hit 100 reps in a day. How do you do that? Perform 10 sets of 10 reps at random intervals spaced out over the course of the day. By doing this, you can build your capacity to perform the pushup by performing massive amounts of reps and your endurance is going to improve greatly. In addition, your quality of rep will be high because you are performing 10 reps, which is half the amount that you can actually perform. For a test like this, and in everything you do in life, quality of repetition is more important than quantity. Practice good stuff on a regular basis and good things will begin to happen!
What I've Been Listening To...
Redemption Song by Bob Marley
For decades I loved this song. Teenager Chris had no clue what it was about but thirty-five year old Chris loves what it stands for. When I hear the line, "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds" I think about how powerful that mentality can be. Often times we feel stuck. We feel like there is nothing we can do. We accept our lives where they are at and are not willing to change how we view things. We need to set our minds free from the restrictions that we, and others, place on it. I love this stuff and Bob Marley wrote music that mattered and music that will last. He was one of a kind!
What I've Been Watching
Holy Hell on IMDbTV
You want to talk about mental slavery, this documentary is a perfect, and sad, example of it. Like most cults or belief systems, this group known as Buddhafield started out in a somewhat safe, idealistic manner. It was a community of like minded people who wanted to enrich their lives. As the group grew, things started to get a little weird. The story is typical of most cults: a leader who believes he is a higher power, then paranoia sets in which leads to depriving members of necessities, and of course questionable sexual behavior. The list continue but I will cut it off there.
Quote of the Week
"Men hate nothing worse than that mirror held before them whose reflection displays their own failure to prove worthy of themselves" -- Excerpt from Steven Pressfield's book Tides of War.
I hope you all have an awesome week!