It’s the fortune cookie wisdom of the world’s political leaders that always makes me laugh the most. But, not surprisingly, just as a hundred monkeys mashing away at keyboards, every now and again, you’ll get something worthwhile.
That’s why California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most recent analogy is more than just publicity drivel.
Speaking at a Wall Street Journal conference near Santa Barbara, the governor related curbing emissions to losing weight.
“There are some states and there are some countries that shoot for certain goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but they will never get there, I think. Unless you put a serious cap on it you won’t get there,” he said.
“But if a fighter has to meet a certain weight category,” he will, Schwarzenegger continued. “Because that’s the rule… you cannot fight if you are not that particular body weight.”
It’s an apt analogy, and one that has special meaning for the former Mr. Universe. Losing weight is more than just the desire to look thin. We know it is good for us not to be fat, but some people just don’t care. They don’t put the effort in; they keep eating junk, sitting at home and not exercising.
But then there are those who actually do want to lose weight, and they change the way they live their lives.
Needless to say, if California’s Governor continues to put his actions where his mouth is, maybe the rest of America will follow.