Here we are.
In the 21st Century already!
“But things have been “modern” for two hundred years!”
Even though those mid-18th-century Europeans thought that they were enlightened, let’s say that the “modern” era began shortly after that. Say, around the time of Dickens…..factories with smokestacks, and early machinery, the beginning-of-the-end-of-child labor, etc.
Now we are nearly two centuries away from that time.
And, we, in our western-hemispherical way, are embracing exercise more than previously. We have a deeper knowledge of the facts relating to the aging process. We also are well aware of the consequences of extraneous activities, which, while pleasurable, are harmful to our health: smoking, excessive drinking, drug abuse, certain breakfast cereals, (not bacon), etc.
After we accept this theorem, we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves for our physical and mental condition.
Serendipitously, as we will stand to benefit, an ever-growing, universal exercise movement has really begun to take off!
Ironically, commercialism has branded, marketed and subsumed all exercise techniques, for the better of civilization. Our culture has caught on gradually.
Our parents didn’t work out as much as we do; their parents exercised less than they did, and so on, and so on, etc.
Exercise, simply, was not at the high level of awareness that it is today. One hundred years ago, most people didn’t consider exercise. You were either an athlete or in the army. It was only a temporary affect to assist in a temporary endeavor.
Now, we exercise to feel better, look better, act better, know better, and golf better; but also, other qualities and ways of life are improved by exercise (particularly Contrology) so please continue to enjoy these benefits as you slow down the aging process to a crawl.
So, good for us moderners being, even-more-enlightened-than-those-who-lived-during-the-enlightenment!
Modern wisdom will deliver us.
I mean, everything was done differently then.
Can you imagine performing a surgery with a cigarette hanging out of your mouth?
They used to do that.
And, they would actually pay you interest for the money that you had in a savings account.
Remember the little book that was used as the ledger?
Still photo from Modern Times by Charles Chaplin, 1936