There have been some truly excellent #fragilisaward nominations being posted in the ReWild Yourself! Facebook group! This New Moon's pick came from the group, and, I have to say, it made me do a double take.
If you think you know what's going on in the above photo, you're most likely (and sadly) correct. Yes, the man in the vehicle is "walking his dog." The original article states that the man, vehicle, and dog did 5 laps around a parking lot going about 3mph, and then drove off.
Walking is one of the greatest joys in life that one can experience! For many people, having a canine companion encourages daily walking since dogs often become depressed, anxious, and bored without doing so. In a post I wrote awhile back — "6 (Not Cliché) Tips I Learned From My Dog" — daily walking topped the list. I look forward to and relish in my walks with my canine companion, Kaina! The benefits of walking are far more than just cardiovascular exercise — our fluid bodies are adapted to the rhythmic pulse of walking and running, our lower leg muscles pump the fluids that accumulate in our legs back into the main-lines of our hydraulic system, and our geo-spatial awareness is developed as we explore the environment around us.
There have been countless studies showing the positive effects walking — particularly walking in nature — has on mental well-being. This large-scale study found that "walks in nature were associated with significantly lower depression, perceived stress, and negative affect, as well as enhanced positive affect and mental well-being."
"The walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking exercise, as it is called, as the sick take medicine at stated hours — as the Swinging of dumb-bells or chairs; but is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day." ― Henry David Thoreau, Walking
Do yourself (and your canine companion, if you have one!) a favor today, and take yourself for a walk!
Every New Moon, we will be awarding a fragilis award to our favorite person, product, procedure, etc. that represents the deepest depths of domestication!
WHAT EXACTLY IS A FRAGILIS?
I propose a re-designation of ourselves from the currently accepted H. sapiens sapiens to the newHomo sapiens domesticofragilis — meaning wise, fragile, domesticated man. Of course, at first glance this appears tongue-in-cheek, as if I were simply making a sarcastic quip. However, closer examination of the data indicates that when compared against still intact foraging peoples, we moderns are quite fragile indeed. Be it the lack of physical robustness — a distinctly reduced ability to tolerate temperature extremes for example — or simply our tendency towards early degeneration — the diseases of civilization, i.e. diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc. — modern humans are undeniably far more delicate than our ancestors. While some might argue that domesticogracilis would be more fitting, again I would assert that it is fragility that characterizes us, as gracility implies a kind of gracefulness that is not indicative of most "moderns".