excerpt | against exercise


the person who does not exercise, in our current conception, is a slow suicide. he fails to take responsibility for his life. he doesn't labor strenuously to forestall his death. therefore we begin to think he causes it. it maybe a comfort to remember when one of your parents' acquaintances dies that he did not eat well or failed to take up running. the nonexerciser is lumped with other unfortunates whom we socially discount. their lives are worth a percentage of our own, through their own neglect. their value is compromised by the failure to ensure the fullest term of possible physical existence. the nonexerciser joins all the unfit: the slow, the elderly, the hopeless, and the poor. "don't you want to 'live'?" we say. no answer of theirs could satisfy us.

 

greif, m. (2016) against everything: essays

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