FitOldDog Suspects That Too Much Sensory Input Is Damaging To The Psyche


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The ready availability of television (TV), and other electronic distractions, would appear to discourage safe exercise for better health and a balanced life – that’s my personal opinion, anyway.

homer_the_screamEndurance races are pretty meditative as you spend much of your time training alone. In fact, it’s calm, and such sensory quiet time is good for the soul (whatever that is, I’m not quite sure, maybe it means psyche). I’m a guy who needs lots of quiet time. I don’t know if you’ve heard the joke about divers and wet suits. It goes like this: “There are two types of divers, those who pee in their wetsuits and those who say they don’t.”

I also suspect that there are two kinds of people, those who need quiet time and those who don’t realize that they do. We live in a world of sensory overload, with TVs everywhere, often showing multiple programs on the same screen. When I try to turn them off, at times when they are not being watched by anyone, the almost universal response in the USA is hostility.

Photo of FitOldDog's dog, Willbe, relaxing with FitOldDog's Nook, during a quiet, meditative cup of tea.

A good dog and a good book, better than TV any day!

Here is a short movie I shot with my iPhone in a medical clinic. The waiting room was empty when we arrived, so I asked them kindly and politely to turn off the TV; response -> confusion, alarm, frustration, who is this weirdo? They refused, saying the other patients would want to watch; there weren’t any other patients, which I calmly pointed out. Then I was told that it was ‘against the rules to turn off the TV.’ Goes to prove, “Any fool can make a rule.” Just before I started shooting the video a few people came in, and only one was interested in the TV, a very young child in his mother’s arms intrigued by a violent news scene. Oh Boy!

I do wish public TVs would go away. People think that this odd, but I consider my point of view to represent an approximation to sanity. I guess an environmental parallel to the paleo diet would be good, without all the diseases, saber toothed tigers and the like. Guess you can't have one without the other.


-k @FitOldDog



  1. You must be annoying the hell out of the people in the clinic!

  2. I probably did because I challenged their attention span and logic circuits. Tough! -kevin

  3. This explains a lot about Nigel!

  4. It does? I guess I love my son, so I can’t be objective about such things. How’s the breathing?

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.