Opinion | How philosophers help us live better

By John Beach
February 13 2018 - 8:00pm
SMART MOVE: Boot camps for the mind? Now there's an idea.
SMART MOVE: Boot camps for the mind? Now there's an idea.

My daily dawdle along the beach includes random unpleasant encounters with lithe, rippling bodies in ‘licensed’ designer sportswear, an affront to my flaccid muscles, my footy shorts and ragged t-shirt. For many, these days, everything seems to depend on physical beauty, or so they believe. Water-front boot camps promote muscle tone and the body beautiful, and the gym is today’s cathedral, with gym instructors barking shrill orders and promises of tighter butts, washboard bellies, and more defined biceps.

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