Sunday, October 05, 2014

The Best of Times

There is a conspiracy by "The Media" to convince us that these are the worst of times -- rather than as always, the best of times -- as life is getting better as evidenced by there being not only more lives, but as longer lives, as well as many more, living as well as only one person could do previously.  That is to say, that the "average" person, now lives like only kings could -- even 50 years ago, maybe even 20.  For one thing, the "average" person, now knows as much as only a rare few had access to -- only 20 years ago, and it is this increase in knowledge, that is the greatest measure of one's quality of life, as indicative of choices one has -- unlike the person of a poor quality of life, who has no options.

That used to be the world we lived in -- as recently as 20 years ago, when the World Wide Web was just beginning to include most people in the world -- especially in the developed countries.  There, the possibilities of life, multiplied geometrically -- truly limited only by what we knew, and chose to know.  This is the major difference between people -- living in these times -- or not.  Many can still choose to live in a much more limited and oppressed times -- the times of their grandfathers, and before that, the fathers of their nations.

Such people who are like the proverbial Rip van Winkle who fall asleep for 20 years, and wake up to find that the whole world has changed -- but they have only grown old, and not wiser -- in those last 20 years.  So they alone, have not improved, and stayed connected to the current life all around them -- but have cut themselves apart from the vital movement of life that keeps improving -- because that is the way of life.  It must improve, or face a certain death, and before then, deterioration because they fail to embrace the opportunities of their time -- by taking in new information, but are convinced that information thousands of years old, have not improved since then, and the caveman's brute force, is still the law of the land, and the arbiter of every difference of opinion and judgment.

Such people think that the only way to settle that difference of perspective, is to fight it out -- until the other is dead, or so crippled and compromised, as to no longer be able to express another perspective -- but the one, that they champion and enforce -- as their station and duty in life.  Sometimes entire cultures think that way -- and think it is the only way to think -- and those who don't think so, must be punished and killed, which of course, is the carryover of a medieval times and mentality.  Some people are still living that way -- but not those who feel they have all the choices in the world offered in today's marketplace of ideas, goods and services.

That is also the answer to the question of "Where is the Best Place to Live?"  In that area that allows one the greatest choices of the possibilities -- and not just the one, so-called perfect one for all times, places and conditions -- that allows no further improvement, no progress in understanding.  The solution that may have worked 20 years ago when one was 40 -- may not work when one is 60 -- and rather than accept that that is the way it is, the proper course, is to find a solution that works now.  That guarantees that one will live in the best of times -- and not just in some distance past and memory -- that things were perfect before, and never the best of the present -- which now is what one is convinced, is all they can expect forevermore.

Time reveals that what they thought was the truth -- was just a thought, and not the the truth.  The truth, is always discovered and revealed in the present moment -- and not simply a remembered thing.  That kind of truth, has no validity -- if it doesn't stand the test of the present moment.  It is not that people grow old and increasingly incompetent, but that what they knew to be true, has been revealed in time, to be false.  It has failed to prove the test of time.

That is why a lot of exercise and practices that seemed to work when one was young, doesn't work when one is older.  It is not that the body fails, but the knowledge one was so certain of -- fails spectacularly, when it has to face the ultimate test.  One can believe that simply lifting the most weight or running the most miles will keep one young for eternity -- rather than causing most people to abandon their efforts, because they now obviously destroy one's health and viability.  At which point, many abandon all efforts -- and fall into the despair of thinking that nothing can be good anymore -- rather than that they need to look for better answers, and that what they thought they knew unfailingly for all time, needs to be rethought, re-examined, relearned -- just as when they were experiencing the best times of their lives -- learning everything because they didn't know everything -- especially all that turned out not to be true, relevant, or valid.

That discovery, is the best of times.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

One Thing Leads to Another

A lot of people are very discouraged by thinking of all the things they need to do -- that they never get around to doing anything at all -- and are exhausted and discouraged just thinking about it.

That's because they haven't prioritized what they need to do most -- and first, and the rest will follow from that.  But that doesn't happen just by doing anything -- or anything first.  One merely has to do the right thing first -- and from that, the next right thing will follow.

That right thing for humans, is increasing the blood flow to the brain -- and then the brain so empowered, will determine where the need is next.  And in that manner, one is soon operating at maximum capacity, firing on all cylinders -- rather than wondering why did one do that?  Then while one is trying to figure that out, their next moment of opportunity passes them by -- as all the mistakes, misgivings and regrets pile up -- and one feels lucky just to survive the day.

And the next day is no better -- but the same nightmare of not getting anything right.  One gets up, rushes into one crisis after another -- before the fog wears off and they have a glimpse of how they hoped the day would turn out -- very different from the mess they are already in, and have no way of getting out, but to hope that time will extricate them from that disaster.

And so people who have observed these things in people and themselves, establish a practice of getting their heads right -- before doing anything else, which often consists of prayer or meditation as the first thing they do to begin each day -- religiously!  But one doesn't have to live in a monastery to see the wisdom of turning on and connecting the mind (brain) to every other part of one's body -- as a daily ritual that makes their life work better. 

One doesn't have to do everything -- all at once, from the very beginning -- but doing the one thing almost nobody does before charging out in the world -- to save the world, is the biggest contribution anyone can make to the world -- and that is in achieving that clarity, before one attempts to do anything else.  It is much like the warmup we see every athlete do, before attempting their best -- rather than just randomly making as many attempts as possible -- often injuring themselves in that way.

That is obviously somebody who does not know what they are doing -- or care to.  Not surprisingly, their outcomes are not good -- though they complain loudly and endlessly about being cheated by the world in this way, and can never figure out what they are doing wrong -- of which they never question.  They will insist that they do everything right -- because they think they are doing everything important to do.

That is a lot like the exercise people do -- what they think is important to do, rather than what makes a difference in their lives and appearance -- that those who look healthy, are those who are healthy -- because they make themselves that way.  Even those who should know better, don't think such a thing is possible -- that what they do, is who they are -- because doing and being, have become disconnected in their minds.  That is not the world healthy people live in -- in which everything is related to everything else, and caused by everything else.

So changing one thing, already makes a difference -- leading to the next -- and not that one has to change everything, before one can change one thing, or anything -- which is how a lot of dysfunctional people think.  So when you asked them to change one thing, they tell you of all the things they cannot change -- as their reason, for doing nothing.  Everything is futile, doesn't make a difference, because they fail to distinguish what does -- before attempting anything.

That is what we call preparation -- before one does anything -- which makes the difference in the outcome.  We do that for very few things, when we should do it for everything we do.  The preparation rather than the single attempt, is what defines us -- even more than world (personal) records, because it is what we do all the time -- regardless of the consideration of success or failure.  It is simply the way we do things -- everything in our lives, and not just one or any other will see.  That is the truth of our existence, our being.  That is the life we live.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beginning Life All Over Again

It doesn't happen every day that one can begin life all over again -- which one should welcome rather than dread, and fear.  That is probably the great wisdom of life -- that one can always begin anew -- but only by dying to the old, and being reborn in the new.  We know that other forms of life make this metamorphosis -- to fully actualize their existences.

Probably one of the great distinctions of human life, is that we can do it often -- as many times as we choose to -- when we choose to embrace the wholly new.  Some people make a lifestyle of change, and adapting to change, while others will have an unbroken continuity of repeating the same patterns every year of their life -- and not think that it could ever be different.

They will think that life where they are is perfect, or paradise -- requiring no change forevermore -- which is not how we got here, or can ever expect to stay the same.  People don't change because they want to; they change because they have to -- for their continued viability and fullest Otherwise, they deteriorate and die, and refuse to change anymore, despite their present course not working.  That's why people grow old.  They make a critical decision, and refuse to change forevermore -- that kills them.

The obvious ones are the addictions that speed their decline and self-destruction.  Less obvious are the lifestyle habits -- of excessive consumption of what would ordinarily be healthful in moderation -- as eating, resting, thoughtful risk-taking.  

The milestones for a new beginning, are the rites of passages -- into adulthood, maturity and then seniority.  Those are the well-recognized opportunities for beginning life all over again -- that a few take full advantage of, while most refuse to make the leap.   They do not go on -- but fall by the wayside, to watch those who go on -- trek on to the promised land.

That is the story that has been repeated by every people -- since time immemorial. That is the history and evolution of humankind.  It is also the story of individuals -- and the difference they make in their own lives -- that changes the world.  It's not an abstraction or generalization, but the fact of every life, and what gives it meaning and significance -- the real choices people make and actualize.  That's what makes their life.

That is the significance of "retirement," that many dread -- thinking that it is just the continuation of the life they have lived up to now, but with less money.  However, they should have learned by then, how to live on less money -- as the wisdom of their lives, rather than as many still think, that they simply need more money -- and that they'll never have enough, because it is the thinking that makes it so, all things being equal.

That is how one knows one has grown wiser, and not just older; the wiser negates the older, and failing to do so, is what ages people.  That is the indisputable truth.  People who grow wiser, don't grow older -- but because they don't grow wiser, have to grow older.  Older and obsolescence doesn't just happen; it happens because we fail to grow wiser.  That is the hard truth to swallow -- and so we prefer to believe that growing old is inevitable.  We obviously, have not solved the right problem -- rightly.

The solution to a problem, is not the problem -- but the elimination of it -- totally.  Then one can move on -- rather than solve the same old problem, as the great nemesis of one's existence.  That is just the continuation of the old, and not beginning life wholly, freshly new -- because one realizes a much better life is possible that way.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Obvious Truth About Aging

People in decline are most obvious -- at the extremities of the head, hands and feet -- not only because they are the most visible, but also because they are the sites that will first suffer from a decreasing effectiveness of circulation resulting in impaired health and functioning.  

That is so obvious as to be a self-definition of what aging is about -- the loss of full and effective functioning in those organs that most uniquely and distinctly differentiate individuals in their proficiencies -- most meaningfully.  Therefore, to place them in primary importance as an exercise and conditioning strategy, is the only thing that makes sense -- in light of the greatest deteriorative fears of people promised a long life -- by which they hope, to still possess all their faculties -- which are implied to be the critical full functioning at their head, hands and feet -- even while it is less necessary to exhibit the greatest range of movement at the "core" muscles necessary for stability and support -- much more than movement.  

That is their proper role -- and not vice-versa, as many are conditioned to think, and therefore act, which is the fallacy and shortcoming of their conditioning efforts to remain robust and fully functional all their life.  Many still think such a thing is impossible -- that the head, hands and feet should precede the body in its deterioration, rather than being the smart way not to.  In fact, nothing else is possible.  

If the circulation is optimal at the extremity, it must be so through the pathways to it -- but not necessarily so, if one places the greatest importance at the proximity, or at the source of the circulatory function -- which doesn't necessarily indicate or even imply the effectiveness at the extremity -- and in fact, most commonly performed "exercise" movements, divert or stop the flow to the extremities -- in misguidedly favoring the development of the larger core, supportive muscles that subvert the fullest articulation at the extremities.

In all people, regardless of condition and conditioning, the only reliably working muscle is their heart, and what distinguishes the more proficient from the lesser, is not that the heart works harder and faster, but that the head, hands and feet, are capable of expressing that effectiveness in some meaningful and prolific fashion -- which is athletics, performance, art, communications, writing, expression, etc.  If all that were necessary is to hook up every one to heart monitors and measure the rapidity and strength of the heartbeats alone, than surely, that is what we would do -- and think that by that, everything is done.  But that is obviously just the beginning -- and not the end.

Some will still insist that that is so -- which are like those insisting that intelligence is the score one obtains on an I.Q. test, even if they never manifest it in any real life expression and practicality.  Hopefully, that is just a primitive and naive notion that a poorly conceived (arbitrary) measure of anything, is the measure of its significance.

In humans, the measure of greatest significance, would not be running the greatest distance, or lifting the most weight, but in consciousness and cognition -- leading to the appropriate (right) action.  That is the failing one fears most -- that threatens their survival and quality of life.  If the head, hands and feet of the human individual is not deteriorating, that individual is not in declining health and condition -- or what we commonly recognize as aging.

That individual simply persists as a vibrant and robustly-functioning individual -- dare we say, highly-actualizing individual.  We can not expect more or ask more from that individual -- because they are already outperforming everybody else's expectations of what is humanly possible.  In fact, they are defining it -- not only for themselves, but for the whole human species.  In that, is the evolution of the species.

That is the unspoken reason we all exist -- to evolve the species, if we can -- and if we can't, die like all the others before us -- having been given the chance.  That is all, anyone can expect, or hope for.  That recognition and realization, is what we all live for.  That is our life's purpose -- to fully express that possibility, as the greatest meaning of our own lives -- each in their own way, by their own calling.

For some, it is a golden opportunity, or age -- while for too many, that is the beginning of dread, and despair -- because they have no clue, and are already running out of cards.  If one has no idea who they are by then, retirement is a tough time to find out.  One should just be beginning their real life's work -- having gotten to that point, as the necessary preparation to embark on that fulfillment and expression.

It is not about just consuming endlessly more food, entertainment and resources -- with no expectations that one could do better.  But that is what life, and aging, has been up to now -- when enough have arrived to create a critical mass -- from which new possibilities explode -- because they have to.  That is the way of nature.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Don't Make of Time An Enemy

A large part of our social conditioning, is the making of time into an enemy -- and never a friend and ally.  If we've learned anything over the course of human history, it is that time always wins -- but there is no reason that one has to be on the other side.  Time is not the enemy unless one insists on making it so -- and most people do, despite knowing that time will always win.

There's really no real reason why one has to run a mile in less than 5 minutes, or lift a heavy weight all at once.  Most often, it is enough that one just gets there -- on their own power, on their own devices, or lifts the heavy load, bit by bit -- until the job is done.  Usually, there are no bonus points, for lifting the full load all at once -- except that one may get to lift an even heavier load the next time -- and the next, until finally, one breaks down.

What pays off -- is persistence and persisting -- more than the haste, because it is well known, that haste seldom lasts but is quickly extinguished, in one way or another.  It has no history of enduring -- when times are good and bad -- but are good as long as the going is  good, and stops when it is not, and is easily discouraged and distracted -- onto something new, until that too loses its luster.  That pattern of behavior is not dependable or enduring, which is what one is looking for, in determining reliability, security and peace of mind -- that enables one to move forward on that base.

Yet many condition themselves, to live in that way.  On days that they want to, they may show up; on days that they don't want to, on the flimsiest of excuses, they won't show up, and it is up to you to guess, when they will and when they won't -- and thereby live on those terms, which is not good enough, even for one's own sake.

That is the treatment and reliability many give to themselves -- their health and their well-being, and so not surprisingly, they have no reserve of riches to draw upon -- when they need them.  Their cupboards are always bare -- and kept that way, so nobody else can access them either -- as the communal abundance everyone contributes to. 

That is the environment and supporting structure that every individual operates in.  It can be optimal and abundant, or it can be a vast desert in which survival is tenuous at all times.  That is what one is building -- besides their own personal resources.  One moves forward, but is also blazing a trail for those who come after them, and building a road to make it easy for the next person, and not just going their won way, oblivious to all the others.  The next person through, may only be themselves.

In this way, people make it easier for themselves, or their lives are always hard, and never gets easier.  They're always starting, from where they started the last time, and so, never moving ahead -- and think that life is nothing but endless repetition, always starting from nothing -- instead of building on what one left off.  That is the constructive mentality of those who build a little each day, as opposed to the destructive mindset of releasing as much energy at once in an uncontrollable rage -- leaving nothing behind and intact, as their only expression of power.  It is power expressed all at once -- but nothing that can be sustained over time, built on, added to, and refined.

That is the regard most have towards their own bodies -- that it is a ticking time bomb waiting to fall apart, and so they're not going to put any energy and time into it, to ensure that it won't.  They're abandoning ship, at the first sign of trouble.  But each has the one body they were born with -- and it makes a huge difference, the care and maintenance they give to it, far down the road.  That makes the greatest difference of all.

It may seem like a small thing -- that one has to care for their own body, before they can care for anything els because it is that body, that will ultimately carry out everything they do.  There is no separation between the thought and the doing.  There is no actor, apart from the action.  One thinks one can do, because they are that person.  Everything else is a delusion --that falls apart in time.

Is time cruel in that way?  Only to the delusions -- but not to the truth.  For the truth, time proves its worth -- even to still be doing it, until the day one dies.  All the others, will long have been forgotten, and fallen by.  It is the countless things one no longer does -- because they cannot be sustained in one's present condition -- and that is the test of any reality.  It doesn't matter that one lifted 500 lbs.,  50 years ago -- if one cannot lift 5 lbs presently, nor no longer thinks to try.  It is more meaningful to move the 5 lbs now, just as it was 50 years ago -- because the 500 lbs, did not make time stand still, and simply repeat as a memory.

So the question one asks is not, what is the most one can do -- and never do anything again?, but what is the least one can do, that ensures one can do the same all the days of one's life?  That is what one wants to do -- all the days of one's life.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Why Not Move (Exercise) Everyday?

Would there ever be a day -- or some day(s) -- when one would not (want to) move at all?  And if one does move, wouldn't they want to move as best they can -- just as they would if they were an athlete or performer?  When would one not want to be at their best -- doing the everyday things of one's life.  That becomes the baseline quality of their life -- and not doing things badly, thoughtlessly, or not at all.  That is the improper conditioning one wishes to rectify -- every day of their lives, which becomes who they are.

That is their conditioning -- the way they condition themselves to do things -- each and every day, and not just the "work" days, or the school days, or special occasions that become more infrequent as time goes by -- unless they make it a habit to be so -- every day of their lives.  Those are their "good" days, and all the others are their "bad" days, when they do everything badly -- or not at all, until one day, they can do absolutely nothing well -- if at all anymore.  

That condition is mostly unavoidable -- for most people.  More people make themselves that way -- then become that way because it is imposed upon them by forces "beyond their control," and most would honestly admit that.  For those who do, there is still hope -- unlike those who live in denial that anything they do could make a difference.  Thinking so, makes it so -- but that is only the first part.  The second, which is actually the much easier part, is doing so.

That is why one's daily exercise should be just that -- something they do everyday, and not just on their good days -- that understandably becomes increasingly few and far between, because they don't do it everyday.  So rather than running a marathon everyday, or attempting a personal best all-out lift as the only way they think of moving and exercising, everyone should start at the beginning -- of the most rudimentary movements one makes to enhance their health and well-being, which is not surprisingly, the same for everybody.

Those are the critical movements at the head (neck), hands (wrist), and feet (ankles) -- which most people don't move, or think is important to move -- and so can't, as they "age," because those are the pivotal points that they have overlooked, and even avoided moving, in preference to what they have been convinced are the other areas to move and develop -- but ignoring the critical faculties that ultimately define their functioning as effective human beings -- at the head, hands and feet.

These failures, are effectively and reliably, the critical failures of human functioning -- at the head (thought), hands (grip), and feet (balance) -- which are the markers of proficiency and/or impairment.  Those who lose those capacities, are usually adjudged to be in decline -- regardless of whether their hearts are still pumping.  In fact, the most distressing and shocking encounter for many, is the first time they meet with a totally unresponsive person, who sits or lies for days on end in that way -- until their fortunate passing.

So the question is, how do we not get that way -- and what can we do about it, each and every day so that we never get that way.  The answer is surprisingly simple -- and easy, and requires one to move at those specific areas for 20 minutes each day, the first thing one does -- every day!  If one does anything for 20 minutes a day -- each and every day, they will become good at it -- and remain so each and every day, until they don't.  It is simply that simple and easy -- but those who would be "experts," think that they have to make that as complicated, painful and difficult -- as their superior strategy overriding millions of years of evolution that makes the effective and efficient triumph with the passing of time.

In the meantime, one can do anything for a short while -- before realizing they can't sustain that pace indefinitely, and move on to something else for another while, until in the end, there's nothing that can sustain their interest and effectiveness, and so they stop -- for the remainder of their lives, and their exercise then becomes telling us what they used to do -- as though that was an adequate substitute for what they can do now -- which is increasing less, until nothing -- and most accept that pattern as the normal and inevitable experience of life, rather than the result of their present conditioning. 

That is invariably, if not deliberately, not to move at the head (neck), hands (wrist), and feet (ankles) -- which in time, proves absolutely disastrous -- when one no longer can move there.  And that is where most of the effectiveness of movement becomes telling -- in the growing ailments and disabilities that manifest there foremost.  When that diminishing responsiveness is complete, even the vital ability to communicate with others, ceases and becomes a living death for those who remain in that condition -- for however long it is possible to keep their hearts pumping.

But that alone, is not enough to ensure lifelong health and functioning at the extremities that become the first to fail because of the diminishing capacities of effective circulation to those areas -- specifically, and as priorities -- beyond competition and familiar athletics.  It requires a different model of conditioning -- for a longevity of usefulness and vitality -- that was never possible before.  That is the challenge of these times -- that requires a new understanding that works, rather than the same one that doesn't -- because they can't/won't do it when they most have to.

That is even the traditional requirement that one has to stand, or get into any other difficult position to master in order to execute -- rather than wholly rethinking what are the real requirements of meaningful movements to exercise, and keep healthy all one's life.  Obviously one loses those capacities they take for granted and never exercise (move).  That is the vitality and responsiveness expressed and exercise at the head, hands and feet specifically and directly -- and in doing so, will impact all the other muscular structures of the body -- because it is not possible to do so otherwise.  That is the quantum leap that makes lifelong exercise possible and effective -- while the familiar traditional conditioning has proven not to, and in fact, makes impossible to achieve.

One simply makes it easier to accomplish -- because of a better, simpler understanding of the process -- effected (exercised) daily, because nothing else makes more sense to do -- every day of one's life.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Why "Regular" Exercise Doesn't Work -- And What Does

Even if one can still walk on one's hands for a hundred yards -- or run a (half-)marathon at ninety -- or eighty, or seventy, or sixty, etc. -- most will observe that that's pretty good for a person "so old," because they are more impressed that a person in that condition can do anything at all, rather than that that is what the person looks like they can do,  and so there is no need to prove it.

Thus most of the fighting and competing takes place among the juveniles -- uncertain of their place and rank in their society -- rather than by the seldom challenged dominant leader in every field.  Even psychopaths know better than to pick on the most robust and competent people in any environment, and will go after the weakest and most vulnerable they can identify -- to prey on and exploit.  So 90% of the work, is this "display" behavior, or the "first impression" of capabilities -- which is usually not far wrong.

Those who "look "the healthiest, are usually the healthiest, and those that look the unhealthiest, usually don't have to have that confirmed by a panel of "certified" experts.  That is universally obvious to everybody, in every language, so that the dying and deteriorating, don't need to be precisely calibrated and measured, to obtain that overwhelming impression.  That is particularly true for the most sensitive and aware -- who determine these things before most others are aware of that fact -- and why they are the leaders -- in fact.  They see things far before the rest of the pack does -- and why we want them out front -- rather than safely at the middle, being told what is going on.

Every individual, is also an entire organization on its own -- requiring the maximization of its own faculties and intelligence -- to achieve its greatest success in day-to-day living, making the best of their immediate circumstances.  How best to do that, is usually not contained in a manual written for everyone, but is what every individual has to find out for themselves -- in making the best of every moment of their lives.  That is the meaning and purpose of life -- which many lose along the way.

So one asks, without preconceived notions of what the answers are, how does one know what is going on in the immediate world they are (inter-)facing?  That of course is primarily and most reliably, the information we get from our own senses -- which everyone is born with,and not the "perfect knowledge" a few will claim to have -- and offer to teach them, so that they don't have to rely on their own senses (good sense).

That is the problem of society and civilization -- when to trust one's (own) senses, and when can one (needs to) rely on others -- which is really the symphony of both.  However, depending on the culture one is born or finds themselves in, there is varying degrees of this independence and interdependence -- so that the great horror of many, is that the society and organization, has almost total control of one's actions and outcomes, and the individual is even prohibited and discouraged from thinking for themselves, on most matters -- even and especially when they only can best serve themselves.

The ultimate attainment in every life, is one's best health, or base level of functioning -- to meet any and every challenge of life, as best they can.  Logically, that would first be in knowing what is going on -- and what needs to be done, and not just doing things, just because they can be done -- or as one's compulsive entertainment to fill one's day -- because one never thinks they have to rise to the occasion of being their best.  That is only the job of everybody else.  But that one should ever have to do anything for oneself, is only memory of what ancient people used to do -- but is no longer necessary to do.

In such a contemporary society, not surprisingly, many are not well-developed -- enough to function minimally without the aid of others -- and kept that way, all their lives.  A few break out and break through -- to find out what life is like beyond the mass experience prescribed (dictated) for all.  Only those who do, will experience life as a unique and authentic experience.  Those are also the people who will be most fit -- and know to move their senses in the greatest range of its possibilities -- located at the head, hands and feet.  That is what needs to move -- and requires skill at moving -- especially as one gets older, weaker, and less competent (self-reliant).

One "knows" because one sees, hears, smells, tastes, feels -- what is going on around them, and not just what somebody else tells them is going on -- if in fact they are aware of these things at all.  In order to do that, one has to be able to turn one's head to better see, hear, smell what is going on -- and not just "visualize" (imagine) what is going on.  Many drivers will think it is enough, that the lane next to them is clear -- before they perform their maneuver -- than turn their heads to ensure that it is so.  That ability, has much greater survival value, than a person who can no longer easily turn their heads -- to learn what dangers and conditions they have to respond to.

That is the intelligent design of the human body -- and not just doing the many things one can imagine doing, but have no real relevancy and need in actual life, except that everyone else has been convinced also, that they need to do them.  Whether it makes a difference, has never been proven of seen -- as much as it has been rationalized.  And that is the need to run a marathon, or even walk a marathon, as the basic requirement to ensuring one's survivability -- while ignoring the fact that the senses and capabilities of the head, hands and feet, have virtually atrophied because of their disuse in this proper and effective manner -- of being the primary sites where movement has to take place to ensure that they are maintained as essential priorities of a healthy human being.

The prognosis is not good for a person whose neck musculature has atrophied to an appearance of dental floss -- made possible because of the effectiveness of circulatory support and effect which results in the musculature, mobility and good functioning of those vital organs placed there.  That is the very problem of the dementias, or the greatly weakened grip strength, as well as the balance problems of those whose feet have become so deformed because of that atrophy -- that it is a wonder they can balance on them at all.

That is the very predictable way that humans age -- and become useless even to themselves, and then require army of caregivers just to keep them alive in an immobile and unresponsive condition for the rest of their lives -- that can run through an entire generation, or several.  That is the clear and present danger of an unsustainable and unviable life and future -- for too many, who think there are no other choices -- because those who have placed themselves in charge, have never thought there can be another way -- but the present, traditional and even ancient ways that haven't worked so far -- and produces the great health/aging crisis of these times.

Maintaining that status quo, and popularizing it even further, is not the solution -- that thinking very differently, makes easy, inevitable, and changes the course of human development to its greatest actualization.  That is the simple and obvious, as soon as one lets go of the notion that exercise, in order to be effective, must be hard, difficult, painful and laborious, to be any good.  It merely requires the integration of the mind and body (intelligence) -- in the only ways that make obviously good sense.