What Color is Your Shit?

People struggle with perspective on things which have unpleasant connotation. Things like the color of your shit. It makes sense, right? Shit is gross. But, a nice, healthy, smooth, brown turd is a sign your digestive system is in good working order and you’re probably getting enough fiber.

But we see shit, and stop. Because, gross.

The fact that the “kipping comments” persist, and even get more frequent is a sign we’re winning.
One of the funniest comics I’ve ever seen. From National Lampoon’s “That’s Sick”

Recently I’ve noticed something similar in the CrossFit world. Something unpleasant, annoying, and negative. But it is actually a sign that things are good, and even getting better.

“A nice, healthy, smooth, brown turd is a sign your digestive system is in good working order and you’re probably getting enough fiber.”

One of my tasks is to steward and care for CrossFit’s YouTube channel. YouTube comments are widely considered the largest cesspool of filth and human depravity on the internet, this side of 4chan. I have the dubious honor of monitoring and cleaning up the sludge over there, and I can tell you; I’ve seen some shit. After awhile you get that “thousand-yard stare,” and start believing humanity is really doomed. Thankfully there are bright spots. You reach a state of zen and can see the light through the muck; a sign that our world is in good order.

The bright spot though; It’s not a congratulatory comment, a soaring praise, or a kind encouragement. It’s this:

A brilliant insight recently posted on a new Dan Bailey workout video.

First instinct is “GFY, n0ob. Welcome to things that were funny in 2003.” There are hundreds of these every week. However, that’s kind of the point. The fact that the “kipping comments” (which includes all comments in that genre, not just about pull-ups) persist, and even get more frequent is a sign we’re winning. These people don’t know any better. They don’t know that joke was played out by 2008 and that means they’re new. They’re newly exposed, and have never seen this stuff before, let alone understand it–yet.

That means we’re doing our jobs. The constant influx of seemingly invincible stupidity which is likely to someday be converted to understanding is necessary and good. It’s not that it’s always invincible; it’s that there are always new people who don’t know better yet, and that’s where we come in.

Our shit isn’t yellow or green, it’s a nice, velvety brown.

Originally published on Daigle Breathes Fire.

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