On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, author and journalist Lionel Shriver joins host Ben Domenech to discuss the popularity of fitness and how it cultivates an image-obsessed culture. Shriver and Domenech also dive into the left’s recent attempts to silence those who disagree with their ideas. Shriver’s most recent book is “The Motion of the Body Through Space.”
Shriver uses her new novel to explore an emerging religious aspect to fitness, and that one’s physique is now the ultimate measure of their success and ability. This newfound focus on health and fitness has become a competitive battle that no one can win since there is no end goal. Shriver compared this idea to the recent protests for racial equality, as neither cause has a desired achievement that would complete their efforts.
“Now the agenda seems to have moved into the completely unachievable and when your goals are unachievable it means that you can campaign for them or fight for them indefinitely. That is, we can have these marches indefinitely as they will never be successful.”