Doomy thought of the day, courtesy Joseph Pilates

The fabled Joseph Hubertus Pilates, father of modern Contrology, inventor of numerous exercisical gizmos, trainer of boxers, dancers, and POWs alike,  had something on his mind one day in 1934. He put it in his book. English was not his native tongue, but, as readers will soon appreciate, he had by even this early stage mastered the gist of the language, with the help of a co-writer and an ego the size of his chest. He tackles the problem of modern molly-coddled unnaturally-nurtured children.

These children grow up lacking normal initiative, appetites, passions and the stress of competition. Figuratively speaking, they slowly sink to a low level, never experiencing the thrills of life, never experiencing the glory of successful accomplishment, and never enjoying the fruits of over-flowing vitality and health that should be theirs if taught the problems of life and the proper control of the body.

Later on, when their vitality is at a low ebb, they begin to shrivel at their extremities, their blood pressure is either subnormal or abnormal. Their heads get too warm, their feet and hands get too cold. Their mentality waxes and wanes and they are, so to speak, more or less animated clothes racks. This is a mighty serious problem. Think it over. It is deserving of every person’s consideration.

Joseph H Pilates, Your Health, 1934, p. 25

This is a mighty serious problem. Think it over. Keep that in mind and you can’t go wrong.

2 thoughts on “Doomy thought of the day, courtesy Joseph Pilates

  1. Mother says:

    I would reply to this, but words fail me. Is it too late to mend my ways in the rearing of my remaining children? What should I do? How best to teach them the problems of life ( which ones?) and proper control of the body? They are not winebibbers or partakers of illicit pharmaceuticals. They are reasonably clean and seem to know Which Way is Up. Signed: A Concerned Parent

  2. bettyscandretti says:

    Well, I sure hope you don’t bind up their little limbs or sit them in restrictive chairs for hours on end. It is unwise to smother them in unnecessary clothing, also.

    “The average child when standing hand in pocket, abdomen protruding, shoulders stooped forward, legs too far back, joints locked and feet at the wrong angle, does not benefit by this condition as all of these postures, of course, are not conductive to forming good habits. They are, however, responsible for bow legs, knock knees and later on, flat feet.” So be warned.

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