"We begin life with exalted expectations that gradually decline until finally we can contemplate death with perfect equanimity." - Lao Tsu
They say, "you get what you give."
Sometimes, I am content to get less.
Measured against my lack of effort,
it seems like more. So much for my career
as a motivational speaker.
Frankly, I'm just being contrarian in this article.
We should live life to the fullest while we still can.
Lenami Godinez-Avila, 27, is another Canadian minority woman who died prematurely because of active living.
"Active Lifestyle" -- Dangerous for Your Health (Sept. 26, 2012)
(HUMOR ALERT. I'M WALKING A TIGHTROPE BETWEEN BEING MILDLY SATIRICAL WITHOUT BEING DISRESPECTFUL TO THE DEAD. WHILE THIS IS TONGUE-IN-CHEEK, IT DOES RAISE THE POSSIBILITY OF A KIND OF MINIMALISM THAT IS NOT ECONOMIC BUT EMOTIONAL.)
by Henry Makow, Ph.D.Almost to a man, medical doctors advocate an active lifestyle. However, every week I notice that this advice can lead to premature death.
Outdoor types do not live as long as homebodies who stick close to their computers, TV's and fridges.
I mean no disrespect to the victims of the "active lifestyle". I think their foreshortened lives are a terrible waste. Why do people take unnecessary risks?
Shriya Shaw-Klorfine ,33, above left, was a Canadian of Nepalese origin who decided she had to climb Mount Everest.
"If she wanted something there was nothing you could say to stop her," her husband said. "She was very strong-willed, you could say Type A."
She invested $40,000 in the climb, and when her sherpas told her she didn't have enough oxygen to get back down, she wouldn't listen. To her credit, she reached the top but died on her way down.
On April 28, 2012, she and her boyfriend were celebrating an anniversary by hang gliding.
Couldn't they have gone out for dinner instead?
Lenami went with the instructor first. But he neglected to attach her harness to the glider. A witness described what happened:
(The pilot) "was still horizontal but she was now hanging
vertically and it looked like she was in essence, had him in a bear hug
around the chest area," the witness said. "I could see her starting to
slip down his body...down the legs, past the waist, down the legs.
Finally she got to the feet and tried to hang on and obviously couldn't
hang on for that much longer and let go, tearing off the tandem pilot's
shoes in the process."
The poor girl fell 300 meters to her death while her boyfriend shouted his love for her.
Elizabeth Anne Sovis, 63, was a speech pathologist and mother of two sons.
Her husband, Edmund, was a professor of politics. They were enjoying their passion, cycling in Prince Edward Island when on July 14 they found that, to reach their hotel, there was only a two-lane highway with no shoulders. Elizabeth had always refused to ride on these highways but the hotel was only four kms away. She took a chance.
"Halfway through their ride, Edmund heard a loud bang behind him. Elizabeth had been struck by a brown van and died instantly." (Macleans, Aug. 20, 2012)
Susami Sumi Yoda, 65, was a beloved Sushi chef at Casino Nova Scotia in Bedford N.S. On August 22, he went camping at Meat Cove at the upper end of Cape Breton Island. He pitched his tent just two meters from the edge of one of Meat Cove's steep rocky cliff's which afforded a wonderful sunrise view.
Unfortunately, Susami must have been a sleepwalker. On Aug 24, his body was spotted at the bottom of cliff, 150 meters below his camp site. (Macleans, Sept. 17, 2012)
I could go on. Every week Maclean's magazine printed an obituary of an untimely death and about half were due to the scourge of active living.
Whether it's whitewater rafting, motorcycling, or back country skiing, there is nothing foolhardy Canadians won't do.
I hope this short article will warn those who risk their lives needlessly, and comfort others like myself who confine their risk-taking to bicycling, walking and feeble attempts at humor.
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