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  October 18, 2016

Celebrating Low Effort

As a man, your identity follows from your accomplishments.

10k is a warm up run, not an incredible life accomplishment Most people have progressed from activity to spectatorship, directing their precious time to tracking celebrities and ball throwers. They've centered their lives around consuming entertainment products.

Wrapped up in the hungry fever of voyeurism, they have no time left to do anything.

Despite this empty do-nothingism, the need to feel accomplished remains, but their oversocialized conformity keeps them watching instead of doing. They can't escape the social pressure that keeps them from doing anything.

26. Oversocialization can lead to low self-esteem, a sense of powerlessness, defeatism, guilt, etc. One of the most important means by which our society socializes children is by making them feel ashamed of behavior or speech that is contrary to society's expectations. ... Thus the oversocialized person is kept on a psychological leash and spends his life running on rails that society has laid down for him. In many oversocialized people this results in a sense of constraint and powerlessness that can be a severe hardship.

They have vague recollections of mommy being proud of every brave bowel movement. In need of easy trivial accomplishment to declare as their identity, they gravitate towards events like a 10k run, which is not a substantial achievement and requires no great effort.

It's no wonder that a lack of reward follows from a lack of activity, and from that depression, which has been rising steadily with the culture of spectatorship.

It's hard to think of a more brutal Hell you could impose upon a person.

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