Monday, July 9, 2012
How To Be Strong And Good
Machine Gun Preacher is the film version of Childers' life portrayed by Gerard Butler. The movie is touching. Sam tries as hard as he can to love his family and do the right thing. I mean as hard as he can without controlling his homicidal rages or letting his wife (Michelle Monaghan) quit her lucrative stripping gig. Sam is an unstable, irresponsible, somewhat-pathetic loser. So, watching him go for the most-improved award offers hope to the rest of us. Plus, the film makes two profound points.
I know some male readers want to forsake the lame-ass metrosexual ways many of us absorbed from recent cultural norms. We want to man-up and try to do some good in the world, even if this means making some mistakes or making some wounded women nervous. I want to help. Likewise, many female readers ask themselves: "How does Lyn Fuchs maintain such raw animal magnetism and scary physical fitness?" (Some don't ask this, but they're mostly lesbians.) So, I've decided to reveal a lifetime-sustainable, globally-transferable exercise routine that keeps me fit and energized thru years spent on the road, in the jungle and at the airport. Don't say I never gave you nothin'.
You say you're an important modern professional who doesn't have time for walking like some Indian peasant trekking to the river to wash clothes? Well then, you'll have to rely on dangerous deforming surgery, black or vertically-striped outfits and sad excuses like most important modern professionals do. Nature still knows best. We should listen.
This two-part regimen, done consistently with proper form, will keep you fit and energized to travel and do some good out there. In LA Story, Steve Martin gazed longingly at a sculpted couple then said, "I'd do anything to look like that ... I mean except eat right and exercise." Such honest self-deprecation is comedy. The more common self-deception is tragedy.
Profound truth #2: evil prevails when good men attempt everything. Like many do-gooders, Sam Childers often neglected his personal responsibilities while trying to save the world. If you have the heart to care about the evil that often prevails, you must also have the brain to recognize that all doesn't rest on your shoulders. If everyone tended their own gardens, there would be little need for a Sam Childers or a Mother Theresa. Since we're not all powerful, the plan must be for other people to make some decisions in this world, though these sometimes have painful consequences.
Even if we were correct in our arrogance that the world would be better with us in charge, we're not - correct or in charge. Accept it. If you've got a beef with the universe's policies and procedures, take it up with management, but don't pretend you are management. Spiritual and physical exercise can help you be stronger in doing good plus calmer in accepting the good you can't do but someone else may not do. I hope this wisdom, stolen from better people than I, helps you to be happy and healthy while hungry for a better world.