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Notes on posture

Military posture is not good posture. Our spine is naturally curved, not ramrod straight.

The human head weighs fifteen pounds, give or take. It is supported by a complexity of ligament and bone. It rests, like a ball on a pole, on the uppermost point of the cervical spine.

When we consult a cellphone, the head falls forward. Repetitive slumping turns us C-shaped. The neck develops a compensatory musculature, a pronounced thickness extending from the base of the skull to the top of the back. We lose the ability to breathe diaphragmatically. Our internal organs are forced to function in an ever-diminishing space.

See how children walk, how regal they are. Good posture requires no effort. Old age is bad posture.

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Good mental health

The mental health of men can be roughly assessed by the speed at which emotions move through them. In healthy men, emotions have a very short shelf life.

Scour the emotions for virtue. You will find none. Anger howls and blames. Grief is a total Heathcliff.

Excess weight has long been associated with the emotions. This is not entirely incorrect. It is often thought that losing weight will by itself correct an emotional difficulty. This is entirely incorrect.

Every emotion is a weather system. Some men have been told they’re depressions. This is absurd. No one is a weather system. No one is an emotion. We experience emotions but we are not the emotions we experience.

Who are you? Who is paying me?

I am.