I think this might be a good conversation.
So many times I’ve questioned why many men have an extreme attachment to this lifestyle when in many cases they don’t compete, nor will they receive any significant social or economic reward, IF ANY. And obviously, I’m not talking about guys “trying to stay healthy” or guys “trying to keep in shape” who, despite they are doing good things for themselves, are not nearly as fanatical and attached to lifting and eating as others, like people on here. I’m talking about men who make it their business to be in the gym and eat the right foods, and in many cases, set their lifestyles up so they can pursue this activity.
Other than the fact that I simply LIKE being in the gym and “staying in shape” and looking presentable to others, if someone were to ask me, “Just why are you so attached and involved in that sort of thing, if it doesn’t provide much in return compared to how much you’re investing in it,” I wouldn’t know how to explain. It’s the same sort of reason that despite that I will NEVER be a skilled fighter–not even remotely–and most likely will not be in violent confrontations–I still like my boxing class once per week and think it’s important that I know how to throw a punch or kick and defend myself.
Then I read a historical and anthropological work in which it was explained that in ancient times, men who didn’t possess weapons and tools would likely not live long, and this could perhaps be the reason why men have attachments to their tools and guns in modern times, most of the time in cases where they aren’t in regular violent confrontation or don’t make a living in manual labor.
Why are you so attached to this lifestyle despite to most people the reasoning wouldn’t make sense? (And NO, I will not refer to people who don’t take this thing as seriously as “normal” or “ordinary” people, which might imply to some that going to a gym and eating big somehow makes someone special. )