What the Fitness Community Says About the Attitude of America

The human spirit is a very powerful thing. It’s what drives us day to day to continue in the struggle of life. We wake up, we go to work, we do our jobs until it’s time to go home, we go home, we do what we want until it’s time to go to sleep, we go to sleep, and then we do it all over again. Life can get extremely monotonous and seem like a never-ending endeavor. We are told that in order to truly be successful in the world, on top of all of this, we need to be able to develop an attitude of joy in the struggle. We need to embrace the struggle like it’s what we wanted to begin with, and by doing this, we will eventually get to where we want to be in life. The old virtue that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve it still rings true today.

However, there’s an ever-growing part of America that has become stagnant in life and even content with being so. People choosing not to be more than they are currently is one thing, but people refusing to improve themselves because they’ve already been convinced that they cannot be better than they are now is another. These are the people that concern us today. In the social media community, there are a lot of people who are content with being unfit or even obese, for example and post about body positivity and fat acceptance. Again, choosing not to be better is one thing, but choosing not to change because you’ve been convinced that you cannot is another.

What is particularly interesting is that this part of the community has actually created made-up movements that have the goal of convincing other people who are similar to them that they don’t have to put in the work to become skinnier or fit to solve future health problems. Obesity, as a result, is one of the actual health problems that are being celebrated as part of “acceptance culture.” Instead of solving problems associated with your weight or your status in life, they argue, you ought to focus on shaming those who are fit, have a higher status than you, or anything else. They have privilege, and thus they have what they have. You are simply the victim of a system that has wronged you. This is the argument of apologists who belong in the fat-acceptance cult or contribute to “acceptance culture.” But these arguments are simply the sad cry of people who know they need to fix their health problems and social problems but would prefer not to because they’re lazy, and so to make themselves feel better, they try to convince as many people as possible to also be lazy so they don’t feel bad about not taking care of their business.

This is an example of the diminishing attitude of the American spirit. People have become content with where they are in life rather than always trying to be better for themselves, their families, and their community. What ends up happening on a large scale is that business growth stagnates, wages stagnate, investment spending stagnates, and so on. America becomes a stand-still nation, letting the rest of the world catch up or surpass us because they don’t share the same kind of victim culture that we share.

The attitude of other nations is that every generation has the opportunity to surpass the United States as a world economic power, while the attitude here is increasingly pessimistic. An example would be that my father went to his state’s Secretary of State office to form a new company. When he got there, he noticed something bizarre about who else was in the office that he had to share with my family. The people working at the office were all native-born Americans, obviously. The bizarre part was that the people there to fill out paperwork for new businesses were all foreigners. There were two Asian women, a Middle-Easterner, and a European. He could tell they were foreigners and that English was their second language because he listened to them talk to the attendant about the best way to fill out their paperwork, and they all had thick accents and could not speak the language very well. This is in no way a knock on foreigners coming here to start businesses, but rather a lesson on just how good we have it in the U.S., and that the rest of the world has taken notice to the vast amounts of opportunity that exists in our country that everyday Americans overlook and accept stagnation and adequacy.

There are a lot of people here in the United States that have been convinced by others that success is for some people and not for others; that fitness is for some people and not for others. This is a lie that completely undermines the entire reason for the existence of the U.S.A. Our country is a beacon to the rest of the world that you can be anything you set your mind to, and others around the world are taking notice. In order to keep the American spirit growing, we need to convince Americans that they are only the victims of their own decisions, and that America is a great country with large amounts of opportunity and prosperity. This is the mission of future generations in this country, and once we fulfill our mission of American exceptionalism, we will have solved a problem that has plagued this country since at least the 1960s.