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Wabash Track and Field

AudieThe past couple days have “warmed up” (it is 40 degrees half the time), and Wabash Track and Field has claimed yet another North Coast Athletic Conference title with a score over 200 points. Now outdoor season is starting up and it is not necessary to have to wear four layers of clothing to run outside. Which I don’t know much about since I was injured all this winter, and the past four years I’ve been on the swim team instead of running in the winter.

I’m looking forward to this Spring, and all the running, meets, shirtless weather, and whistles from Crawfordsvillians(?) it has to offer. In the Fall I was able to have a PR in my 3200 meter time during a cross country time trial (TT) by 27 seconds, and while that is not a race distance in college I can’t wait to see how I improve under Coach Busch again. Also, I want to give George Alverson ’17 a little shout out for his 2 second negative split on those repeat 400s yesterday. Boy’s a baller when he gets over shock;)

Absence

It has been far TOO LONG since my last blog. Partially due to midterms and all my studying around that, and partially due to a lack of working computer once I came home for Spring Break. A quick tip to readers is to never put your laptop and charger in your friend’s bag because there is no room in yours. Because once they leave and live three hours away it takes a while to get it back.

Midterms were an interesting week of studying and testing, but it was altogether doable. Now it is Spring Break and it is time to sit back and relax… and keep studying. This break is also going to be involved with lots of summer job applications, snow plowing, and reading. Lots and lots of reading.

Racing in Circles

I haven’t done a running related blog in a long while, a long while. Running has always been one of my top three passions, and I am quite ashamed of myself for losing some of that passion in the past two months. Not because I found love in a “real” sport, actually because I have been directing all my energies into religious studies and questions. On top of this, I have had my left foot in a tall boot for what is soon to be six weeks. I drifted away from anything running for a very short period by all means, but a period too long nonetheless.

So here it goes.

I like how people always say running is not a “real” sport, or how it’s just not fun to watch for spectators. Well the former shows ignorance, and the latter is only half true. What people don’t realize is how popular running really is, and how more popular track is. It doesn’t have to do with the physical prowess of athletes, the difficulty of each individual sport, or even necessarily the nature of the sport. What makes a sport popular is bread and circuses. The most “unpopular” sports in the world from a spectators point of view are long distance races. If you ever attend a high school cross country meet, and want to support a person running you will find yourself darting across field and trees to different point on the course all in the attempt to see one person for no more than 5 seconds at a time. You have to move. Thus, while many younger runners will say cross country is their favorite over long distance track, more spectators prefer to go see track meets. The same can be said for why things like football, baseball, tennis, basketball, etc. are all fairly popular. Yes, they are fun to watch, but they are also compact and take little space to play. People can sit, eat, watch, and sometimes drink beer while enjoying the game. I mean think about it, when someone says “baseball” you think of the game naturally, but images of hotdogs, souvenirs, the 7th Inning Stretch, etc. all pop into the mind as well for things people enjoy about going to baseball games. Bread and circuses.

To many runners this is fine, more publicity is always wanted for any professional athlete, but life is more about winning the race in the moment. Also, people who tend to be fans of running are runners themselves, or the parents of a runner(s). Being able to see what is going through an athletes mind by their form, expression, effort is something people learn to see when watching an Olympic 5000 meter track race. It’s not just racing in a circle, it is fighting a battle. Not only do you have to compete against everyone else around you, but you also have to compete against yourself. The sport is so much about mental toughness as it is the thousands of miles of running, the thousands of hours of core and lifting, the thousands of hours of mental preparation. It really isn’t strange to realize that the people who like to watch men and women race around an oval are themselves runners. It is no surprise that people who don’t run, or don’t understand running, don’t find it enjoyable to watch. However, it truly is a magnificent sport that tests the human spirit and art of the race.

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The Sun has come out, the “heat” has returned, and he whole desert of snow is now becoming liquid! Start taking off your winter jackets and getting out your tank tops! Because it is 42 degrees outside and the temperature is maintaining!

It has been a cold couple months here, a very wet winter, and it is stating to get old. The thaw that has come with the Sun recently is quite nice and brings some life back to the campus. It is all about that Vitamin D! Soon enough I will be out of this boot, running again, and back outside in the light! Of course until then I have to continue to slip on black ice and soak my exposed foot in my boot every time I walk outside of Fiji.

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Brief Reflection on Truth, Tolerance, and Intolerance

Culture has always been bound to geography in some degree throughout history. Globalization has led to cultures mixing, sharing ideas, discovering new views on issues, and an attempt at a new culture. A large move is made for cultural mixing, people are expected to share, tolerate, and respect another people’s customs and religions. I would agree with that statement to a degree.

Tolerance should be given to all men, we all have certain human rights that must be respected. All must be done to avoid war and death, but I don’t believe life must be conducted to avoid conflict. When we begin to think that it should not be allowed to express our ideals, beliefs, morals, and Truths because they may offend another people we compromise our own souls. Our beliefs should not compromised another beliefs in terms of physical harm or belittlement, but we ALL must not simply shrink from argument and conflict over our beliefs.

If secular society continues to move to where it claims that “everyone” has a right to express their opinions of religion, morals, and ethics we will find ourselves in a very different world. Because the fact of the matter is that is not how society is today. People of a conservative religious view are shunned, belittle, persecuted, and not allowed to speak. Any belief in America that has been around for 30 years is considered a “new truth,” if there can be such a things as “new truth”. Any belief that has been held for two millennium is attacked, threatened, and doubted. I ask, a man has lived for 2000 years, he has studied, explored, encountered, and debated every aspect the world has produce. Or the man who is 18, 20, 30, 40 years old? Who only knows his time and seen only those around him. He has not encountered every opposition in history, learned from it, and continued to grow from it! It is in this way he secular world of the 21st century is! Only instead of one man that has lived for 2000 years it is millions of men who have come from every corner, background, society, and view to discuss and come to the same Truths.

It is by this realization of time, men, and study that shows that Truth does not change, that just because a current majority of living people have a new idea does not make it right. This can be best quoted with some of the final words of Sir Thomas More of England who was beheaded and made a martyr under Henry VIII’s reign.

At his execution trial More was questioned again about his Catholic Faith in supposition to the newly established Anglican Church, ideas on marriage, and newly composed beliefs of most of the bishops. A tribunal of three men, a duke, the archbishop of the new church, and the new chancellor, oversaw his final trial. The Duke of Norfolk asked, “This is arrogance, this is pride. Everyone else has come with us. Why don’t you just be a part of the majority [of England]?”

More replied, “Majority? One day you will learn that is not true, and if the doors and windows of Heaven were to open right now you would see that not you but I am in the majority!”

He was shortly thereafter was beheaded in the name of the English/Protestant Reformation for remaining a Roman Catholic.

St. More was a layman, a self-proclaimed man of weak courage and bravery. When he saw all he altar smashing, murdering of Catholics, and bishops of only England suddenly changing their beliefs he would not yield. He was the Chancellor of the nation, a major advisor to the king, and had pride and position, but stepped down from these before he was even arrested. He believed and something greater than this world, and he believed in being persecuted and dying for it if that was the case.”For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in thisadulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Matthew 8:36-38

Finally, in the words of a living bishop of today I would like to end this commentary here:

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the Church has done so often in human history.” – Cardinal George of Chicago