Army’s Spiritual Fitness is a move from Street Fighter 2

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Aberdeen Proving Grounds (Army base in Maryland) – The image below is their only content for spiritual fitness.

HADOUKEN! YOGA FIRE! YOGA FLAME! HADOUKEN!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/IrFmzzNZcLk?

Also, the same image appears on the Army’s Hooah4Health website.

Look at how hard they hit the thesaurus to tell you that “Spiritual Fitness” (which is to be the domain of the Military’s Religious Support Office [RSO] and the Chaplaincy) is “not religion.”

They quote an M.D. here:

Spirituality is a complex and multidimensional part of the human experience. It has cognitive, experiential and behavior aspects. The cognitive or philosophic aspects include the search for meaning, purpose and truth in life and the beliefs and values by which an individual lives. The experiential and emotional aspects involve feelings of hope, love, connection, inner peace, comfort and support. These are reflected in the quality of an individual’s inner resources, the ability to give and receive spiritual love, and the types of relationships and connections that exist with the self, the community, the environment, and the transcendent (e.g., power greater than self, a value system, God, cosmic consciousness).The behavior aspects of spirituality involve the way a person externally manifests individual spiritual beliefs and inner spiritual state.

I feel like I’m reading some Deepak Chopra nonsense.

Here’s something the website’s authors threw in at the end:

People express their spiritual beliefs in many ways including religion, music, art, community service, enjoying nature, and consciously living their values.

How does any of this sound like something a government could or should mandate testing for, especially with regards to suicide prevention!?!?

Question 1: “Do you like music?”

  • A) YES!
  • B) It’s pretty good.
  • C) I hate myself I want to die. Music only confirms the lie that I’m living.
Question 2: “Do you like Art?”
  • A) YES!
  • B) It’s okay. Some stuff is nice.
  • C) No, every time I see stickmen drawings I think about death.
Question 3: “Do you enjoy nature?”
  • A) YES!
  • B) Yes, but not if you’re trying to get me to go outside to clean something.
  • C) The entire earth should die.
*Question 4 DISCLAIMER: Spiritual Fitness is not about religion, rather it’s about the many paths to connect oneself to all of humanity and the universe!*
Question 4: “Do you have a religion?”
  • A) YES! HERE’S A PAMPHLET!
  • B) Well my dogtags say Christian…
  • C) Nope, that’s why I murder all the time. Been meaning to get some training about this. If only the chaplaincy had some sort of program…
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  • EmuSam

    Spirituality is immaterial.

    Some day, they will learn.

    • colubridae

      That reads either way.

      It could be claasic theist woo, or atheist reality.

    • Ira Houck

      Spirituality is non-material and essential; yes, one day we will understand. Can there be spirituality without religion? I think not, though some argue that it is essentially separate from religion. Adherents to the view that spirituality is possible without religion point to the spiritual discourses of psychic groups, which from ancient times claimed powers of mind and spirit far surpassing modern science and beyond the understanding of organized religion. Contemporary psychic growth (the term “psychic” is not pejorative, but descriptive) began in the 1700s with a strong belief in mediums and most recently emerges in coined terms like “Extra Sensory Phenomena” and “parapsychology” as spiritual disciplines. Within America a variety views surface about spirituality and religion. We are free to discuss it openly. It is academic to me whether or not religion and spirituality are essentially linked. What matters to most of us is how one behaves toward neighbor and how effective one demonstrates what one professes. If one believes in nothing, and professes nothing, does it follow that he or she does nothing and lives for nothing except self?

  • Shane

    So if I do the test, I can perform a hadouken?? Sweet!!

    • http://a-million-gods.blogspot.com/ Avicenna

      Nope. Only a Sonic Boom.

  • Mike

    I don’t have a problem with this statement. It’s flexible enough and it’s not pushing religion down anyone’s throat. That “higher power” can also mean chaos or the “human element” if you want to perceive it that way.

    However! I love the Streefighter references, hilarious!

  • HumanisticJones

    Wait, the spiritual fitness test was just a way for the military to teach our soldiers the most secret techniques of the Shotokan School? Then why are we so against this?! Fireball flinging soldiers for the win! We don’t need no Air Force, our boys just Shouryuken enemy fighters out of the air.

  • rob

    sounds like one of the first steps in a 12 step program.

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  • Tex

    Sounds like some of the shit they give us in nursing school. The teach us about different nursing theorists and their theories some of which are your basic this persons sick lets figure out why and fix the problem, while others are more along the lines of this persons sick, his energy fields must not be in alignment and you know maybe he should pray or something…

    IDK if its because Im in Louisiana now of if its just nursing in general, but there seems to be a lot of nurses that think more in line with the later theory X(

  • Len

    These are reflected in the quality of an individual’s inner resources, the ability to give and receive spiritual love, and the types of relationships and connections that exist with the self, the community, the environment, and the transcendent (e.g., power greater than self, a value system, God, cosmic consciousness). The behavior aspects of spirituality involve the way a person externally manifests individual spiritual beliefs and inner spiritual state.

    This waffly goo is really great. It’s teaching soldiers to find their inner connection to the higher being, so they can love their enemies and turn the other cheek – great qualities in a military force that’s facing the enemy.

  • la martina baratos

    Very well written article. I agree with you and I had sold off 75% of my equity unit trusts for the past 2 weeks.


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