The Fifth Force

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
The Fifth Force
The journey of life is really about living into our authentic selves. The first big gotcha is to hide that fact from us, to enculturate us in ways that foster the interests of society as a whole or of an elite few, while organizing the rest of us to conform and thereby consume. And that’s exactly what most of us do — consume more information (and more goodies!) and in doing so separate ourselves from our real selves.

I once enjoyed a wonderful lecture from Professor Carl LaPrecht. In the lecture he spoke of the four human drives, what he referred to as the four Fs: Fight, Flight, Feeding, and F*king. The students he was addressing were members of law enforcement, so the f*king in place of fornicating got a big laugh. I have never forgotten the four Fs in this context, because at the time I was working on a paper having to do with why there was so much interest it getting more — more money, more power, more time, more, more, more!

I consider the “more” to be a modern human adaptation, or fifth force, forming yet another human drive. Perhaps we have, as a species, always had a “more” drive, but if so, I am quite confident that never in humanity’s history has it exerted such a powerful influence as that we witness today.

I remember a conversation with a friend years ago about our economy and cash flow. We happened to be at a home show, where we had a team of salespeople at a booth offering security devices. There were many displays within the tent, and when you looked around, you could see an air pump in the corner literally keeping the tent up. My friend directed my attention to the pump and informed me that cash flow was like the pump. Lose the cash, and the tent will come down.

Consumption has become the air in the tent for our economy. Most of this consumption must now come from the private sector, and that means you. Advertisers are charged with motivating you to buy. Marketing experts develop more and more products and services, and banks create credit power so you can just “charge it. ” Individual debt increases, national debt increases, more money is printed, and we are told that more consumption is needed to pay back the interest on the debt and perhaps the debt itself.

It is this circularity, to which more and more individuals give their life, that diminishes who we are as human beings. Immanuel Kant, the great Prussian philosopher who has been credited with making philosophy professional, considered the human condition in a way similar to what Copernicus’s thinking about the solar system. Copernicus observed the solar system and concluded that Ptolemy’s idea of an earthcentric solar system made no sense, but with the sun at the center, the observations did make sense. Kant did something like this with human beings. He placed consciousness — the mind of man, mankind itself — in the center of his inquiry, and ever since, the individual rights of mankind have been central rather than peripheral. No longer was mankind seen as tangential to meaning; rather, mankind was seen as central to the meaning of everything!

One of Kant’s central messages and challenges that is as relevant today as ever, is “Dare to know. ” Modernity has placed an emphasis on our individual rights and freedoms, and this can arguably be traced to the works of Kant. As consumption animals, eager to ring yet another bell and gain another token or prize, anxious that we may miss out on the next big deal or the last one, so anxious that we will indebt ourselves for years to have something we quickly forget we ever needed — as consumption animals, gathering things that when we look around we see no reason to keep, we lose our freedom because we surrender our true identity.

I urge you to think back to who you were before you told who should be.

Thanks for the read,

Eldon

Top 8 Most Inspiring Moments From the Winter Olympics for Any Fitness Entrepreneur
We can all learn a little something when it comes to the Olympics. Whether it’s newfound national pride, some competitive spirit, or realizing just how beautiful the globally adored competition really is, the Olympics have something for everyone. This goes double for any fitness entrepreneurs out there. Not only are there plenty of lessons to be found in the competition on it’s own, but the athletes themselves offer even an even brighter picture of what it means to be a fitness professional in every sense of the word. Here are eight great moments from the Sochi games and the lessons they offer:

Bode Miller: Bode is the oldest-ever alpine skier to win a medal at an Olympic games. Proof that you can do anything, no matter how old you are or where you’ve come from.

Jeremy Abbott: If you fall, get back up again. While Jeremy didn’t receive a medal, he showed what it takes to be successful. You have to have strength and determination but most of all the heart to keep going.

Nick Goepper: This athlete reminds us that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or in his case, when it breaks, make do! He was the only slopestyle skier in this year’s olympics competing sans poles.

Lizzy Yarnold: Gold medalist in the skeleton and fifth Briton to win an individual gold medal in the Winter Olympics. She’s an athlete who not only won the gold but understands that taking the win also comes with tremendous responsibility. She wants all women to be inspired and aim high.

Adelina Sotnikova: wins the gold for Russia in women’s figure skating. First time for Russia and from an underdog.

Johnny Weir: Becoming a fashion icon at the Winter Games goes to show that standing out is never a bad thing! Always important to have your own style and OWN IT.

Canadian Women’s Hockey: Down 2-0 with 55 seconds left to go in the game, the Canadian women did not give up in the face of almost certain defeat. With their goalie pulled, they came back to take the gold, 3-2.

Lindsay Vonn/Evan Lysacek: Both of these elite athletes and defending medalists chose to withdraw from the Sochi games before the events began, having to decide between long-term health and extending their Olympic careers. Although it wasn’t an easy decision, they showed us that life doesn’t always have be about the next competition.

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