Category: Gym Philosophy

When Your Children Ask

When Your Children Ask

…and they will ask, what are you going to say? When they look around at the petroleum soaked landscape are you going to tell them that you drove a Prius. When they struggle to breath are you going to tell them that you used a re-usable grocery bag. When they can’t find food are you going to tell them that you shopped at Whole Foods and went to Farmer’s markets. When there is no clean water are you going to tell them that you used biodegradable soap.

When they want to know what you did what are you going to tell them? Are you going to tell them that you just needed to make a little more money. Are you going to tell them that you didn’t think it was that bad or maybe that you just didn’t notice. While the world they have to live in is going up in smoke what are you going to say to them?

There is no time left to make half way decisions. There is no time left to pretend. There is no time left to make a little more money. There is no time left to pass carbon cap legislation. There is no time left to wait for the next election in the hopes that someone less bad will get elected. There is no time left for them and there is no time left for you.

If your children are important to you and if the world they have to grow up in means something than you will stop what you are doing right now and begin to do the work that needs to be done to insure that they have some kind of future.

No one is coming to save us. We are the people we have been waiting for and the future is up to us. So quit pretending to care and stop lying to yourself. Recycling won’t help. Voting won’t help. Farmer markets won’t help. ‘Sustainable energy’ won’t help. What will help is turning to your community, re-imagining what the future can be by thinking about what you want to leave as your legacy. It has been said that we do not inherit the world from the past, we borrow it from the future and until you start really thinking in those terms your children will look on you in disgust. They will turn away and know that, despite your claims to the contrary, you did not really care. Your concern was for yourself not them. You wanted things to go on just as they always have, even knowing that it was not possible you ignored it, and now the bill is due.

So go, right now, and look in your children’s eyes and tell them you are going to do something and then go do something  unless, of course, you don’t mind lying to them and to yourself.

TO CHANGE EVERTHING START ANYWHERE.

TO CHANGE EVERTHING START ANYWHERE.

I am going to start here with The New Warrior Gym. My goal is to create a culture or tribe of like minded individuals, a gathering place for intelligent, capable, committed people to explore strength in its many facets and use that strength to re-imagine a better world for all living things.

We will be united in our pursuit of:

STRENGTH

Defined using Chip Conrad’s words as, “Ability. To be strong is to have ability, in life, in the gym, and in relationships, ability to overcome the physical, emotional or subjective obstacles that hinder our progress as human beings.”  As you can see from that definition to be strong goes well beyond just lifting weights. You should be strong and that strength should carry over into all aspects of your life.

CHARACTER

The development of character is integral to the process of defending your beliefs and defending those who cannot defend themselves. Character is going into a fight knowing you can’t win but doing it anyway because it is the right thing to do.

COURAGE

Following strength and character, courage will allow you to make tough decisions when they need to be made and to follow through on those decisions. It will allow you to stand up for what you believe. As Martin Luther King said, “…and so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”

COMMUNITY

The importance of community cannot be overstated. We must form communities that will work tirelessly to improve the conditions in the area in which we live. Communities that understand their relationship to the natural world around them, communities that understand that they are part of a larger whole and what happens to the whole happens to us.

The type of people who are drawn to this vision are inspired by justice for all living things, they understand that we are the people we have been waiting for,  they can see past tomorrow and put aside petty arguments for the sake of a larger picture, they can see themselves reflected in their surroundings,  they can see a world where the habitat, work, leisure, culture, community, art, music and family are all part of a sustainable world with no element taking precedence over another, they are able to see that we can change things and that we can do it now, and they understand that;

“…in times like these when longstanding patterns are disrupted and things become more fluid that a small group of people or even one person can change the course of history.”

If the idea of this type of group appeals to you then please go to our newsletter sign-up link and add your name to receive weekly notifications about the events and locations of the workouts. The workouts will be offered at various parks and gyms in the area until such time as we can get into a dedicated space.

I look forward to going on this journey with you and taking our commitment to these principles to a new level.