In this day and age, in which faith, culture, humanity and the family are being systematically attacked, people are quick to profess that they want to change things. It’s wonderful to hear some of them wanting to do so.
It’s great to see people bravely risking the wrath of their governments, the media, the screeching Tumblr bloggers & SJWs to tear into postmodernity. The problem is that these same people are limiting their speech to, well, just speech. They call for change in society, yet consistently resist changing themselves in precisely the ways that would enable them to make that change.
In particular, nothing grieves me more than to see many of these people being, among other things, grievously out of shape. Huge rotund bellies, wire-like frames devoid of all strength, panda-like eye bags. Weak, soft men and women who would clearly sweat buckets if they had to jog a mile, yet seem to have unlimited energy when it comes to typing furiously.
We’re not as fit as our grandparents, or even as fit as their grandparents – and they had access to much less nutrition than we did!
Look throughout history. Look at Alexander, Napoleon, Timujin, Mehmed the Conqueror and all manner of historical figures. Were any of them hugely flabby? Did any of them spend all day indoors disconnected from reality? Did any of them eat huge amounts of food and get no exercise? If you want to change the world, you need to live in it.
Greatness has never been achieved throughout history by the physically lazy. How can you speak of changing the world when you can’t be bothered to do a single push-up? How can you profess to desire change when you can’t even cycle a short distance? Change requires real-life action as well as the written and spoken word. If you can barely exert yourself, how are you going to achieve anything?
Socrates mused on fitness aeons ago, yet his words remain just as profound and just as factual as they are today:
“It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.”
A fit body is not only beautiful in both men and women but a valuable weapon in the fight to defend your faith, family and people. A fit person can literally and metaphorically climb mountains, knowing that his physical and mental strength can combine to ensure that he won’t flag. Who will feel secure attacking the family of a strong man, knowing he might end up finding his teeth in the dirt?
Everyone who wishes to make any meaningful change should be working out – be it jogging, running, lifting, cycling etc. If you have a strong body but a weak mind, you can’t achieve much. Likewise, if you have strength of intellect but no physical strength to carry your ideas onto the world stage, you won’t get very far.
Now, am I saying to go to the nearest random gym down the street, which is full of half-naked people, music (which is basically audio porn) and more? No. But does that mean you have an excuse for not finding a single-sex gym without the haram? Or riding a bike? Or buying your own weights? Or doing some push-ups? No.
If you can’t do any of these, then you surely have no excuse for not getting down and doing a few push-ups. If you want to find an excuse, you’ll find a way. Likewise, if you want to find a way out, you’ll find an excuse. May God help us all.