An Argument

Have you heard the new Fleet Foxes album, Helplessness Blues? It is really amazing, if you like that kind of music. I was listening to it for the first time this morning and the song “The Shrine/An Argument” came on and I was mesmerized. Towards the end, there is this really unexpected saxophone part that I can only describe as a Latino Elephant couple’s marriage counseling session being presided over by a bee. At least that’s what I saw in my head. Here’s the official video – the part I mentioned starts at 6:40:


A lot of people I know hate music that deviates from the norm like this. I think it’s great. I think art becomes its most relevant when it is unexpected and messy, because then it becomes an accurate portrayal of life. Don’t go tell your friends that Heavy Evan endorses those artists that smear their own poop on canvases (although that is technically art)! I am simply saying that perfection in art is dishonest.

What does this have to do with Healthy Living? I’ll tell you! If perfection in art is dishonest to life then isn’t expecting life to be perfect also dishonest?

I need a minute to digest that question.

So, why are all our perceptions of ourselves based on the deception of perfection?

We base beauty on pictures that were digitally perfected.

We base our musical talent on music that was digitally perfected (see every singer on Glee).

We (Me) base our diets and levels of physicality on examples that the industry tells us is perfect.

“The Industry”. How Orwellian.

I cannot go from zero to Lance Armstrong in three months! There has to be a beginning period where I figure out how I am going to eat healthy and how I can phase out the crap I eat on a regular basis. That way I truly develop a want for healthy foods and don’t crave the crap. I think that’s why they call it crash dieting – if you think the fastest way to London is by driving on the other side of the road odds are you will crash!

I guess I am trying to say that if you base your expectations on perfection you will constantly be at odds with yourself. Like the two headed dragon in the Fleet Foxes video. Your body can’t meet triathlon athlete expectations in a retired professional bowler’s reality. You have to start slow.

This is why I am in a perpetual state of starting. This is also why I constantly give up.

From now on my expectation will be that I can do the best that I can and that is enough.

What are your expectations?

P.S. No offense, retired professional bowlers. I do admire your profession. I was simply looking for the antithesis of a triathlon athlete.




8 responses

  1. I didn’t even know I liked music like this, but there you go.
    Beautiful art in the video.

    As for expectations, perfection by its very nature is subjective. Try to come up with the perfect shirt, for example, and if you tried to come up with a consensus among a group of people, everyone would have a different idea of what the perfect shirt would look like, feel like, weigh, cost, etc.

    I try not to even think in terms of labels. Yeah, it’s a bit hippy/Zen-ish, but it does wonders. I simply be. That’s it. I change only when I need to, so losing weight would be a goal or an expectation if it keeps me from doing something.

    Thanks for sharing and aiding in my discovery. 🙂

    • Glad I could be of help mikereverb! And thanks for the advice on labels. That is so very true. We certainly live in a society that tries to label everything. If you don’t fit in their little check box then they don’t know what to do with you! And people are scared of things they can’t define.

  2. The universe was created over billions of years and life emerged and diversified over millions of years; that’s enough to say that there is something beautiful in the slow progression of things. I guess I’ve been thinking about that a lot career wise, mentally and spiritually. Sometimes it just takes a while for people to understand concepts or to do what they really want in life and that isn’t really that long compared with how long it took for humankind to arise. It seems to me, in everything that I see, that a slow progression is working through imperfection in order to lead us to perfection, whatever that means. Anyway, that’s a long way around saying, “I agree”.

    • You are wise beyond your years. This kind of hearkens back to the comment Dad made on the previous post. Everything that you have actually achieved has been through consistency + effort + time. Or it’s like Jacob said “It only ends once. Everything else is just progress.” I guess that’s my long way of saying “I agree with you, also.”

  3. That’s why I like this quote I posted on Google+ a month or so ago . . .this is really all we can do.
    “Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln

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