Yes, health is good. Health is fabulous. Feeling good is rather nice.
But it is not a virtue.
Now I’ll be the first to say, I love being healthy. In fact, my entire business centers around health. I live and breathe to help people lose weight, sleep better, have more energy, basically get their health to a more pristine level. It’s what I do for a living, and is a very real mission in my life.
But it’s not a virtue!
Society seems to disagree with me fully on this one. In fact they have replaced all the very real virtues, Prudence, Justice, Restraint, Courage, with health.
Have you noticed? Every magazine on the shelf is telling you the newest exercise to flex those buns of steel, get that six pack abs so hard that you can bounce quarters off of them, and run until you knees give out. Drink more water, eat less carbs, stop eating junk food, go organic, free range meat, and the list goes on and on and on.
The physically healthy are our heroes now, not the virtuous, the wise, the elderly. Gone are the days when you looked with respect at a man just because he was a good man, now he cannot really be all that good if he’s not also built like a roman centurian. A woman can be a model of kindness, but unless she has the figure of a 15 year old, there must be something wrong with her. It’s insidious.
No culture can stand without having some virtues to look up at, to uphold as an ideal. But have you ever noticed that things are darkest when they are almost true? Health is awesome, but let’s face it, it’s not awesome when you can sleep around with anyone you like, ignore your elders, be rude to people in general and barely pay attention to your kids.
Now let’s be clear, I’m not telling you to sit on the couch and eat bon-bons all day, good health certainly has it’s place. All I’m saying is never let your good physical health become more important than your moral and spiritual health.
I fear health has become the god of the secular.