Following is an article that appeared in a local newspaper awhile ago. While it isn't directly about hardcore training, the concept is something to think about. We espouse the values of training and living in the Warrior tradition. This requires us to live and be quite abit different than the average person. The values of much of the world as reflected in the media is that we all are entitled to success without the work required to attain it. Take some pills, have a surgery, look great. Buy a super new device for only 10 easy payments and in only minutes a day you will be toned and fit. We are literally bombarded daily with images and voices telling that we need some help to measure up. Without getting overly philosphical, the intelligent Warrior knows that the best thing to do with a television is to see how far he can throw it!
"In the 1990s, a group of researchers from Harvard went to Fiji and observed what happened when television was being introduced.
The researchers talked to young women just as TV went in and found that the Fijian teenagers had virtually no eating disorders. Fijians have traditions associated with eating, and robust body sizes were common and culturally preferred.
Three years later, researchers found that 11.3 percent of girls had purged at least once to lose weight. By 2007, that number had grown to 45 percent.
Not only that, but poor Fijians began to wish for consumer goods that few could afford. Researchers said television was a storm that arrived in their lives. Family structures eroded, and within less than two decades, as many as one in four young women reported having suicidal thoughts.
So great is the influence of television that a new study from this Harvard team suggests that young women in Fiji become familiar with disordered eating through their friends when their friends have television but they don’t.
Fijians, of course, aren’t alone.
A 1982 study in the United States looked at what happened to crime rates across the country when television was introduced between 1951 and 1955. The study’s authors found an increase in larceny. It appears that, much like in Fiji, people saw the lives of characters on television and began to desire those lifestyles, which were often out of reach.
I thought of those studies after a recent visit to the wonderful Wasatch Front. As I drove along I-15, I saw advertisement after advertisement inviting me to “liposuck” this and “tummy tuck” that and “laser” this and “enhance” that.
Something about those advertisements made me feel inadequate. I sucked in my gut and wanted to look different than I do.
And then I realized something: Here I am a man with a relatively mature identity, and I feel this way. How must young women feel as thin bodies — often digitally enhanced — plaster themselves in front of women in advertising 24 hours a day and create an impossible ideal? What kind of shame must many be tempted to feel?
The science seems significant.
In 2006, a study of what 39 college-age women were shown attractive models from women’s magazines, and those women immediately reported significant increases on a body-shame index. In essence, they felt significantly worse about themselves for merely having seen the advertisements.
Envy. Shame. Disorder. Fear. Such sits in the wake of modern media.
The word "media" — the plural form of medium — is a spiritualist term. Spiritualism, of course, is the old tradition where people attempted to speak with dead relatives through a person called a medium. Media, therefore, help us hear ghosts.
And so it is: Ghostly voices rebuke us through mass media. Soulless voices sit on the side of the road and rebuke our bodies. Ghostly images dancing on television rebuke our inadequate homes, cars and lifestyles. These ghosts in the machine lie and promise happiness, freedom and solutions to pain. As with the spiritualists, many in modern media are charlatans, selling false hope.
Now, I would not criticize anyone who has chosen to do as some advertisements invite. There are healthy reasons to purchase many of the things advertised on the freeway. Nor would I criticize advertising an honest product for a fair price. Further, effective advertising can encourage healthy lifestyle choices. And as a teacher of media, I would be the last to deny the great good media can do. These don’t comprise my point.
My point is the rebuke — both plain and subtle — that we and our children face through many media messages. Were a friend to criticize me for my appearance or habits or lifestyle, I would feel hurt or feel confused. In modern society, we face these rebukes every day, hour by hour from the unfriendly, ghostly voices on the side of the road subtly telling us we are inadequate.
Is it any wonder so many struggle with debt? Is it any wonder that so many struggle with eating disorders? Is it any wonder so many feel assaults on their self-image amid shame?
Media aren’t responsible for our choices, but few can avoid the petty pain of the relentless rebuke and soulless shame each day can bring from the monster media. "
The most intellegent thing you can do with a television.
Making the world a better place, one TV at a time.