Toward a boutique society

Workout notes (back feels better): yoga, then 4 mile treadmill run in 42:01 (22:20 for 2; picked it up 25 minutes into it).
The back is less sore and the legs have more life in them. They were a bit fatigued from my stepping it up with goblet squats. I started the squats (and hex dead lifts) to build up my weak legs.

Result: I’ve gotten a bit stronger but haven’t run any faster.

Post It seems that in this day and age, many people expect society to conform to them rather than having an expectation that they will have to adjust to society. Some of this, of course, is, in my opinion, good (e. g. cut outs and ramps for the physically handicapped). Some of it, though, is extreme (e. g. a genetic male who “identifies as female” wanting to compete in a female division in sports) or people becoming enraged when they don’t get addressed by one of the new pronouns.

I believe that there is a balance, and if one is sufficiently different from the rest of society (say, is 7 foot tall, or was born with 6 fingers), the individual will have to do some adjusting.

That isn’t the new way though.

I wonder if this is a consequence (millennials are lonely). Yes, one can “blame” social media, and I suppose that can be a factor though perhaps not for these reasons.

On social media, one can screen out unwelcome opinions and avoid unpleasant personality types; there isn’t a need to adjust. Ok, yes, I do use the “mute” and “block” features..

But when it comes to having friends: one needs to make allowances for friends, and the friends have to make allowances for you too.

I might think that X talks too much; I might get annoyed that Y walks so damn slowly; Z might be tired of my messiness and W might get irritated that I like arriving to events so early.
I might even vote differently than my friends do. But, paradoxically, I think that I am happier when I make allowances for others (within reason, of course). Not every friend will enjoy math/science, not every friend will enjoy spectator sports or will want to hike, walk, run, lift, swim, etc. Maybe some can’t stand Mexican food…maybe some are religious.

It is all good..if I enjoy their company and they enjoy mine.

And I think this applies to society, on the whole. Not every experience will be perfect and others will not be constantly thinking about your preferences and wishes. It is probably best to not go around with a chip on one’s shoulder.

Back on the way back

Woo hoo…back is nowhere near as sore today:

weights only: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, one of 5)
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 5 x 155 pause (hard)
decline: 10 x 165
military: 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing (gingerly), 2 sets of 10 x 180 machine
machine rows; 3 sets of 10 x 110
goblet squats: 6 x 35, 6 x 50, 6 x 60, 4 x 70 (all good depth)
hex dead: 5 x 175
head stand, 2:30 plank (tough)
lots of back stuff.

Posts: When I go off on political correctness, I mean: I get sore when people place sensitivity about truth. Here, Professor Coyne discusses an article on Bill Maher.

And yes, part of my anti-PC-ness means taking in outrageous stories with skepticism. No, that African American girl did NOT have her hair cut off by white boys.

Fun: these ibex are incredible: