This should be an unqualified positive, but when you are neurotic like I am, you end up asking some annoying questions:
- IF I enjoy it and it's good for me, why do i go long periods without running?
- what changed in me from when I was NOT A RUNNER to when I suddenly was?
- why are people resistant to the idea of running barefoot or minimalist?
- how does conventional wisdom become conventional?
- how does common sense become common?
- once wisdom is conventional or sense is common, is it possible to lose that status?
(The last three are not necessarily related to running)
The Wife* asked me last night to confirm our decision to circumcise our new baby boy (he's still not here, for those of you keeping track) and I said "Well, we should, um..." and my brain ran into the wall.
See, we had already made this decision, complete with hand wringing and deep thinking, and in the end it more or less came down to "he's going to look like Daddy" (TMI?). We both like to think that we are open minded, culturally aware, progressive, and appropriately sensitive, and both of us (one of us more than the other, but still) are resistant to doing things just because "that's what's done".
As far as I can tell, there are no conclusions to all of the current research on snip/don't snip. There are plenty of arguments, and some of them are literally ad hominem, but the gist seems to be centered on just a few basic ideas:
- circumcision is a barbaric, old world, sexually disfiguring and unnecessary practice
- it's a sign of the bond between God and His chosen people
- it has positive health benefits relating to cleanliness and disease prevention
And here's how we respond: I got my junk snipped (at birth - I don't remember it happening) and it seems to work pretty well, I can't imagine sex feeling much better than it does now, and I've gone quite fond of the aesthetic - you could say that I'm quite attached to my junk.
And while we're not that sort of religious, we wouldn't choose to forgo the snip to avoid association with any given religion; we're basically ambivalent on this point.
As to the health stuff, I just have to say I'm not sold one way or the other...one of the recurring themes in this literature has to do with the high incidence of AIDs among uncircumcised men in some parts of Africa, which sounds like sampling error to me.
So we came back around to where we started: the boy is going to look like his old man, at least in this one small way.
*I've gotten some criticism and feedback regarding my use of the expression "the wife" and I would like to respond here; I didn't give it much thought in the beginning days of this blog (and it's completely a blog thing; in real life I refer to her as "Hey!", as in "Hey! Did you put any more Mexi-Cokes in the 'fridge?" or sometimes, "Babe", as in "Babe, is it time to go to Costco for more Mexican Cokes?"
Anyway, the upshot is that this is not her blog, she didn't ask to be written about, and I respect her privacy and her primacy...she's my wife but I don't own her, she has a name but it's hers to share on her own schedule...until I come up with a better nomenclature or we go more public with this blog, she's going to be "the wife"