Do You Even Fiboncacci Spiral? Why Less Talking And More Lifting Is Sometimes Bullshit
“The saddest aspect of life right now
is that science gathers knowledge
faster than society gathers wisdom.”
– Isaac Asimov
We left the gym after 10:00 pm last night. I know it was after 10:00 pm because Nick wanted Bojangles for dinner, and they were already closed by the time we drove down Patton Avenue. He had to get McDonalds instead.
We are hardly prone to kicking people out at a particular time, but we were there even later than usual because we had a team meeting and everyone wanted to get in more lifting after it. I wasn’t paying the closest attention to the entire conversation, but as I was snatching, I knew what was being discussed – Fibonacci, circular buildings, Rubik’s cubes, Star Trek, and artificial intelligence. The math jokes were flying left and right.
Do you even derive?
And, then, people slowly trickled out, and it was down to me, Nick, and Jordan standing in the door. The topics of conversation had moved to philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, related research and popular science books. Jordan had a particular study relevant to athletics that he wanted to send us, and Nick and I got in the car talking about ideas for a lecture series and a book club.
“I am the type of person who______________________.”
I presented that fill-in-the-blank yet again at the team meeting.
The fact is, I thought I was finding myself over the last five years, and I was really losing myself even more. How many times did I say that lifting weights wasn’t about the journey? How many jokes and memes did I throw up on Facebook making fun of shit like that?
I mean, it’s just lifting weights, right?
I was wrong.
The often seen topic of discussion on lifting sites is “Less Talking, More Lifting.” And, I get that. Paralysis by analysis is real. We’ve all read the posts that say, “I’ve spent the last 6 months reading every single book ever written on lifting weights, I’ve watched 10,000 YouTube videos on technique, and I have accounts on every forum known to man. I was going to start snatching, but then I realized that I’m not sure if I should be running 5/3/1 or Squat Nemesis for my strength programming, and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for other programs I should research before I actually pick up a fucking barbell.”
That’s not what I mean.
I mean that it’s uncool in certain circles to talk about how lifting relates to society, life, and self development. What’s cool is being a gorilla: See barbell. Beat chest. Lift barbell. Grunt.
I was accused of being “PC” yesterday in a lifting discussion because I suggested that semantics matter. Is strength a characteristic of masculinity? Is it a characteristic of being a man? What’s the difference between “masculinity” and “being a man?” If you wear skinny jeans and style your hair like Justin Bieber, does that actually make you less of a man, and why is it okay to laugh it off when someone calls the skinny guy on a bosu ball a “homo?”
Sorry, but I actually think that those are topics worthy of discussion, and if that makes me “PC,” then so be it.
And, someone wrote: “I’ve never seen so many multi paragraph dissertations and so few logs, PR’s, videos or actual substantive training advice.” As if typing a four-paragraph Facebook post takes THAT long. As if I didn’t spend a few hours lifting. As if I didn’t coach lifters for the entire night. As if I don’t have a YouTube channel, multiple training logs, and a blog about that shit. And, most importantly, as if relating lifting to societal issues is somehow fucked up.
I will tell you what’s fucked up. I wasn’t even surprised when the response to one of my posts was, “I laughed at ‘homo.’”
See barbell. Beat chest. Lift barbell. Grunt.
Someone will laugh off the “homo” comment and say, “It was just a joke.” I used to laugh at fucked up shit too, and then I woke up one morning and realized I was in bed with the devil. It took a long time for me to screw things up this badly, and it’s going to take a long time to fix it.
It’s going to be quite a journey.
I’m not taking any gorillas on my journey either.
I’m taking the mathematician, the engineer, the computer scientist, the science fiction writer, the solver of Rubik’s cubes, the philosopher, and the Star Trek junkie. We’re going to read books and play Mega Man and stay up late and talk about metaphysics and whether your yellow is my green. We will lift barbells and drink coffee and apply for government grants from the Ministry of Silly Walks all while we figure out how to save the world.
Do you even evolve?