Confucius would be a terrible bodybuilder

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Confucius said, “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” Do you agree?

It depends on the situation. If it’s something like donating blood or eating Reese’s peanut butter cups, you want to strike the right balance. Going too far or falling short in both of those situations would be terrible.

But sometimes it’s not so bad to go beyond! Like donating food to people who don’t have any. But then you have to decide where the line is of “just enough” and “too much.” That gets tricky, because the line will be different for everyone. Andy Asshole might think it’s just fine to only donate old cans of tomato paste and carrots to a food bank, while Superstar Sally would be horrified at giving less than a month’s worth of groceries.

With some things, you have to go beyond to see any result – like weightlifting. You have to push your muscles beyond their comfort zone to gain strength and definition. Granted, you don’t want to go too far beyond or you’ll be sidelined, but if you continue to do the same thing over and over, you’ll always fall short of your goals.

This is what I’ve learned from this little exercise:

Confucius thinks it’s just as bad to go beyond as it is to fall short.
If you don’t go beyond when you lift weights, you’ll always fall short.

Conclusion: Confucius would make a terrible bodybuilder.