We invite many forms of writing to this blog. Harsh at times. Always motivating. Beyond thought provoking. Massively educational. But rarely are editorial replies a topic simply because writing and reading are so personal. Its hard to say, let alone comment definitively, if we truly heard what the writer was trying to say or if we were just too lost, sensitive, or stubborn to pay attention. However, when they are as well spoken as the good Doctors below, you just gotta read it.
the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.
During the final years of my schooling as a pharmacist I was constantly told that I must be empathetic with my patients. This concept has been one that I have struggled with the most throughout my career in the field. Empathy has continuously been redefined for me over the years. As an intern it meant unemotionally listening, as a newly licensed pharmacist it meant safety-focused compassion, and as a managing pharmacist it has meant customer service = increased profit margin. However, it wasn’t until becoming a CrossFit trainer that I truly “got it”. I finally understood what it was to struggle, fight, fail, and humbly succeed beside another human being and offering an ear through all these trials even if I can’t offer a solution.
Unfortunately the empathy learning curve is different for all of us. Some get it immediately, some seem born with it, and yet others, like myself, have to go through years of stages and growth to get there.
I stumbled upon such a student recently when a blog post of his entitled, “Fat Acceptance Is Unacceptable” popped up on a Facebook feed. This emotionally charged writer pens by the name Epic, and his rants can be read at beastmodaldomains.com. I suggest all to take the time to read this incredibly offensive article (caution: contains extremely vulgar language), however I will include several excerpts though the opening statement ought to give the full picture:
“The obesity epidemic is the dumbest s#*t to ever occur in humanity and obese people are disgusting (duh). While there’s not much substance to making fun of the obese, I’m tired of hearing them bitch about fat shit. “Wahhhh I can’t lose weight.” “Wahhhh I can’t buy clothes that fit.” “Wahhhh the McRib is on a limited run.””
Obviously this gentleman has some valid points that he is extremely close to, but his choice in delivering the message reminds me of standing in the Ohio Caverns with a flashlight devoid of batteries. Epic goes on to add:
“Who am I to judge? I should accept them, right? F#*k no. I accept no manifestations of stupidity and weakness. Kind of like addiction, since some of them refer to their condition as a “food addiction”. I’m addicted to food, too. I’m also addicted to water, shelter and oxygen. Water intoxication, agoraphobia and hyperventilation are f@#*ing retarded but they don’t taste as good as overeating, do they? Yeah, that last sentence was me wiping my ass with their “addiction theory”.”
Again, Epic sounds like he might have it figured out, but unfortunately the word ego is not considered a curse, so evidently it does not show up in his vocabulary. The author finishes his sermon off with a note to those that he does accept:
“I have no issue with overweight people who are making legitimate attempts to unf%*k their situations by changing behavior. They’ve turned their brains back on and deserve encouragement. The slobs who just want to sit around and bitch while mindlessly pushing assbread down their throats will get no acceptance from me.”
Assbread….very nice, Epic.
Ok, so we get it. This individual is purely offensive for the sake of being offensive, and probably (crossing fingers here) intelligent enough to understand that this is a horrible way to reach out to people. However, I fear that there may be more CrossFitters out there that would applaud Epic for what he has to say. I base this concern on the 159 comments the article received that were made up of fellow meat head sympathizers and occasional equally self-righteous “fat and happy” critics. By the way, I checked on this guy’s credentials and thankfully he is not a certified trainer just an “experienced badass since 1978” who figured out how to type.
I pray that this is not what CrossFit and proper diet means to ANYbody. CrossFit is people, CrossFit is accountability, CrossFit is community, and setting yourself apart destroys that purpose. My thoughts lead me to all the wonderful people that have touched my life simply by walking through Practice CrossFit’s doors, people of all shapes, sizes, and colors. I imagine how horrible statements like the ones made by Epic would have made these friends of mine feel before they found an answer in CrossFit. I think about how hard life may already be for those struggling with their obesity, and how the opportunity to help could be lost through the rants of the uneducated.
Folks like Epic are to the CrossFit community what abortion clinic bombers are to the Christian community, suicidal assassins are to the Muslim community, and Andy Dick to the homosexual community. This bad-egg ego is not welcome here.
CrossFitters are a part of an elite fitness community where not one single person should consider him or herself elite. Every member is responsible to grow emotionally, mentally, and physically throughout their time spent with this community. Refusal to lose self in the pursuit of rescuing others is one hurdle in this program; however, an all-out determination to set one’s self higher than another is directly in violation. Let us never lack empathy to the lost.
2-Hang Snatch High-pull+1-Hang Squat Snatch-Rest 60sec/AHAP
Max-False grip ring pull-ups
Max-Supine Ring Rows
AMRAP 6 Minutes
(Alternate between each, not for time. Quality.)
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