Saturday, October 23, 2010


CNN is running its annual "Heroes" poll and I've voted for the first time.
Lo and behold, this cheery-faced woman is actually intent on doing something for America.  I certainly don't condemn those who wish to devote their lives to building footbridges in Kenya or saving turtles in Mexico but, by any objective evaluation, Americans are sinking right now, sinking farther into their couches as their fat asses pull them more forcefully toward the center of the earth, sinking economically beneath the rising tide of globalization, and sinking psychologically as they come to terms with systemic corporate and political corruption

Anybody who steps forward (in this case, literally) and makes an effort to reverse any of these trends has my vote.  For sure, most people around the world are in far worse condition than we are, but we matter too, and if we, the earth's current economic powerhouse, don't get up off those fat asses and define our collective future, all the footbridges in Kenya aren't going to matter much in the grand scheme of things.  People regaining respect for (and control of) their own bodies is a necessary first step in this process.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body"
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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