We can’t handle the truth!

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Or most of us, apparently.

The truth doesn’t set you free. I makes you accountable. Responsible. Aware. The truth exposes you and your hidden weaknesses, your troubled spots, your imbalances. It sheds a light on what needs to be taken care of and on what’s been neglected.
Alas, most people behave like ostriches and prefer to ignore any and all of the aforementioned. And, as a very specific human trait, I’ve witnessed this in all aspects of life, being guilty of it myself at times.
Despite constantly seeking variety, humans are also creatures of comfort and habit. It’s an interesting dichotomy because on the surface, we always look for the latest newest thing, be it a gadget, or a fad of sorts. Deep down, and especially under duress, we revert to what we know, and what we know are the patterns we established over the years.
I’ve experienced several times this year alone a profound resistance to change among people. In my line of work, that would be people who are in denial of what they need to do to get to where they want to be. Changing eating habits, improving movement patterns to correct posture, strengthening weak muscles, increasing range of motion through mobility and flexibility work.
In other areas, I’ve noticed the same thing. For instance, my wife, who is a real estate agent, ran into people who bought a house years ago with serious plumbing, drainage, mold and termite problems, but never did a thing about it and they now seem surprised that it comes up during inspections. Gee, you REALLY didn’t see that coming? Ignore a problem, it only gets worse!
Also, not only do people reject the truth, but they also reject the unknown. It’s much easier to criticize something you don’t know if you’re not educated on the subject. I just introduced a person to kettlebell training who had prior misgivings about it, who happily realized what is it they provide, only to have my efforts thwarted by some schmuck doctor who said “kettlebells are the worst thing for you, stick to machines”!!! Don’t knock it till you try it!
I recently received a funny email, one of those joke lists, and one of the points was “Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.”
Pride is, I guess, the worst of all sins.

One comment on “We can’t handle the truth!”

  1. billpage

    I like it and wouldn't change a thing.
    That said, lest have a little fun. Entropy? Is it ultimately disorder or is it ultimately order?
    A simplification caused by misinterpretation says: disorder will increase within a closed system.
    Actually entropy is a little more abstract and the second law of thermodynamics means something like this: the universe will always become increasingly uniform, that is: heat will spread until the entire universe has the temperature and energy level (in a closed system heat will always spread from a place where there is a lot of heat to a place where there is less until balance is achieved), forces will continue to work until a universal balance has been achieved.
    In this final state the universe is one uniform space where nothing happens and no work (moving something) can be done since there are no above average concentrations of energy left. This state is called maximum entropy and is said to be in perfect disorder (although intuitively its uniformity would seem to be a state of perfect order) because it has become impossible to determine what happened in the past. i.e. There are an infinite number of ways (histories of the universe) maximum entropy could have been reached.
    Or according to one of my favorite authors:

    ↑ “Another way of stating the second law then is: ‘The universe is constantly getting more disorderly!’ Viewed that way, we can see the second law all about us. We have to workhard to straighten a room, but left to itself it becomes a mess again very quickly and very easily. Even if we never enter it, it becomes dusty and musty. How difficult to maintain houses, and machinery, and our bodies in perfect working order: how easy to let them deteriorate. In fact, all we have to do is nothing, and everything deteriorates, collapses, breaks down, wears out, all by itself — and that is what the second law is all about.” Isaac Asimov, Smithsonian Institute Journal, June 1970, p. 6


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