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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Is God Dead ?

Friedrich Nietzsche, the existential philosopher, stated that there has been a collapse of religion and that “God is dead.” Even though people still attend church and profess belief, the existentialists believe that people are less involved and their beliefs are different from early Christianity.  With the loss of faith becomes a shortening of human life; because the belief in an afterlife disappears with that loss of faith.  They also think that the values, goals, and beliefs of societies are, to that individual, meaningless beyond his individual life.
Existentialists also reason there is a strong and irrational compulsion in human nature and that people must recognize and come to terms with this. Existentialists also emphasize the individual and the direct experiencing of life rather than the dependency on mediate experience such as provided by books, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Another emphasis is on the subjective experience of truth since scientific and technical achievements have not solved the problem of man’s existence. They also state that because of the highly technological, mass production society with the emphasis on mass communication, propaganda, and conformity the individual being is lost. Kierkegaard, to sum up, believes that man is not a ready made being; man will become what he makes of himself and nothing more.
Who am I, according to the existentialists, might be answered by saying that man must first realize what he is which means that he will die, has strong irrational forces within him, and cannot realistically be comforted by religious, political, scientific, or other illusions. Rollo May in Existence: A new dimension in psychiatry and psychology stated that he believes that the realization of a person’s potentials can occur once being as existence is accepted and understood.
Okay, you may or not be thinking about the “who am I” question. But hopefully, you might be thinking about your life and the kind of life you want for yourself and others. You might be thinking about your health and what you can do to make it better. The answer seems to be related to food and exercise.
 With the issues of excessive overweight, poor health, unhealthy nutrition, lack of physical activity, too much game playing, and out of control prescription and illegal drug use, it appears that something is missing. Perhaps, the existentialists are correct. If so, I would add finding passion and meaning to make a difference in the “who am I “question.
Just the other day, I was contacted by Danny of Venturepax. He has a web page that is designed to motivate you or encourage you to do something outside. By joining his website you receive points. By doing an outdoor activity you receive points. By going outside and letting him know about it on the website you eventually receive a reward. He is getting sponsors to endorse and sponsor his project. If you believe that doing an activity outdoors and receiving a reward is good for you then consider going to that site and learn more about it?
 The It Has Nothing to Do with Age book trailer is on YouTube and my blog. Exciting! Watch it!


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but you just lost me. I had considered buying the book but this essay gives me the impression that it's just a bunch of people who are so totally self absorbed and self worshiping that they have nothing better to do than focus on themselves 24/7. I enjoy being with goal oriented, active people but there is nothing more boring and sad than a person who thinks they can get personal fulfillment by spending more and more time on themselves, going farther and farther. There is a balance. I find that studying my Bible helps me find it. Christianity isn't just about fear of the afterlife...there is so much more. Jesus teaches that you gain by giving, the first will be last, to be great you must serve others, and so many other things that I find fulfilling. Sure, I spend a lot of time on fitness but it is not my religion. And by the way, Jesus did a *lot* of walking so he managed to stay fit while healing and serving others. :-) I don't have a google account, etc. so can only post as anonymous but my name is Angie McGhee.

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