(12.19.22) – Soft men cannot long walk with the Tao

AO: Lightning Rod

QIC: Walkman

PAX: Goon, Red Curry, Stray Cat, Free Lunch, Leprechaun


35 and dry, Pax showed up in a great mood and Leprechaun was kind enough to gift me the Q today!

Warm up

  • Burpee/box jump/squat/merkin x 10
  • Neck Rolls x 10
  • Monkey Humpers x 10
  • Halo’s x 10
  • Daisy Pickers x 10
  • Imperial Walkers x 10
  • Third Grade x 10

The Thang

Mosey to the tiered hill by the track

10 factorial (10, 9, 8….1) with Rowes up and run down the hill. On each tier completed Rowes, Bonnie Blairs (EC), Merkins, Mountain climbers, jump squats.

Mosey to the Lightning Rod.

Jane Fonda x10, Side Squat x 10.

Bolt 45

Squats (High, mid, low) x 15, Merkin x 15, Bonnie Blair (HC) x 15


  • 6 inch hold x 10
  • Frozen Freddies x 25
  • Plank w/ occasional sets of 5 merkins.


I shared about a substack essay I thoroughly enjoyed and shared some quotes from it. The essay is here (behind a paywall), but the author’s substack in general is here (good free content too).

Soft Men cannot Long walk with the Tao

This is a core theme found across Lewis’ works. When in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, young Lucy travels to Narnia and first hears about Aslan the lion (and Christ-figure), and asks if, being a lion, he is “quite safe?” the sensibly baffled response she gets is “Safe?… Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Aslan is an embodiment of ultimate virtue. That includes love, but also righteous anger – of Aquinas’ anger in service of proper justice, or Aristotle’s anger “at the right things and towards the right people, and also in the right way, at the right time, and for the right length of time” – and he never hides his powerful capacity for it, or indeed for violence. That he nonetheless consistently chooses to act with mercy and kindness is then a choice made only greater, and truer, by this fact.

Lacking the strength to ever display forcefulness, even when it is justified or, worse, necessary, is in no way inherent evidence of goodness. It only recalls Nietzsche’s amused quip: “Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws.”


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