272: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pumping iron, and the environment
Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows about lifting weights and exercising because she does it. No amount of reading, watching TED videos, debating, or analysis can match experience.
People who only read, research, and academically learn about performance-based activities don’t know what they’re talking about.
Any parents out there? I don’t have kids. Am I qualified to advise you on how to raise your kids? I bet you learned more in the first ten seconds of parenthood than I have in decades of life.
People who have only learned academically about the environment don’t know what they’re talking about. Sadly, their ignorance of what causes our environmental problems doesn’t stop them from advising people. That ignorant group includes everyone who hasn’t acted significantly—that is, nearly all Americans. Likely nearly everyone alive.
Anyone regular exerciser will tell you the benefits beyond what a book can. Ginsburg doesn’t exercise because if she doesn’t people will die. She does it because it improves her life, contributing to her mental and physical sharpness.
Likewise, anyone who seriously acts environmentally may have started to overcome shame, guilt, or averting some negative, but they keep doing it for the benefit to their lives.
Find the joy.
Live the joy of environmental stewardship.