Hanlon’s Razor

Once you start seriously training you begin to come across all sorts of  negative and weird stuff.

Most of it, generated by other people.

As its often generated by people its all too easy to  imply the motive of malice.

It’s too easy, for example, to feel that  your strength programme has been designed just to make your life difficult by a coach who doesn’t like you. In a metabolic conditioning class you can genuinely feel hatred in the voice of the trainer who enthusiastically screams ” 10 more burpees” at you. The inclusion of running if you hate running, rowing , if you get sea sick  and pull ups if you have weedy arms can seem as conclusive evidence that someone is out to get you.

Speaking personally I’ve been to a class where someone else stands in my favourite place, while someone else grabbed my favourite bar. In the changing area, people have intentionally  changed where  I wanted to change and have left their bags where I wanted to leave mine.

At the same time this was happening, and god knows, that was enough,  that instructor forgot that  I liked to do that weird hip stretch, and then skipped out  the rope climbing.

I love a rope climb. The guy must have hated, no, loathed me,  to deprive me of the rope climb I’d been so looking forward to.

So, you can see my plight. I was stuck at a gym where everybody hated me! Their malice stood out like a beacon declaring “we hate Andrew, trip him up if you can, make his life difficult”

One night I tearfully  confessed this to my beloved partner. I was a bit down and depressed because everybody hated me. She carefully listen to my points ( or, “whines” as  she later described them ). and then told me about Hanlon’s Razor

Hanlon’s razor is an aphorism expressed in various ways, including: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”.

It isn’t that people hate you. It’s just that they are stupid.

Cut them some slack.

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