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The COMmUNITY Center

Physical Fitness

The COMmUNITY Center will help community members spiritually, mentally, and physically. It will add to the existing institutions for spiritual and mental development in new ways. I also propose a new approach to develop physically: The Fantasy Heroes Training Center.

The Fantasy Heroes Training Center will be especially for those who don’t enjoy ordinary sports and exercises. It will engage the imagination while giving the body a workout in ways that are fun and free of the pressures of competitive sports. As imaginary heroes of different kinds, members will set their own goals and choose their own styles of meeting the challenges.

Variety

Just think of all the ways in which fictional heroes display physical prowess! From the lightning-fast reflexes, sinewy strength, and hard-riding endurance of the Western lawman to the supersonic speed, strength of steel, and special powers of comic book super heroes. The fantasy heroes of martial arts movies exaggerate the board-breaking strikes, cat-like flexibility, and defensive skills of real martial artists. Fantasy heroes also display incredible strength and skill in books and movies about secret agents, knights, explorers and more.

Fun

Imagining you have super powers or are training to be a hero in a book or movie can make any kind of exercise seem a little more fun. The Fantasy Heroes Training Center will provide equipment and settings that will make the dreams seem more real. A TV screen with fast-motion travel video can make using a treadmill seem like running at super speed in exotic locations with beautiful scenery. Pulleys and levers can make weight training into lifting very heavy objects. Fantasy heroes have many different ways to train that can be fun. An obstacle course can safely simulate many challenges and dangers. A target trail would provide practice for safe toy versions of throwing stars, blowguns, longbows and crossbows, as well as brand-name shooters of foam darts and plastic pellets.

Inspiration

The Fantasy Heroes Training Center can draw inspiration from many sources to inspire members. What inspired me first was imagining a safe, real version of the original Marvel Comic’s Danger Room. A good movie to see many styles of martial arts without extreme violence is Heroes of the East. Or just watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Obstacle courses have become popular through the original Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), American Ninja Warrior, Spartan Race and more.

Combination

The COMmUNITY Center would integrate this imaginative form of physical training with its other parts. The spiritual part would provide guidance and moderation. The mental part would help with special effects and safety. Both of those parts would also help with other aspects of physical fitness, such as diet and self-control. The Fantasy Hero Training Center would provide the exercise that people focused on spiritual or mental development often neglect.

Needs

This part of the COMmUNITY center would require a lot of space and materials. It would also be best with a lot of professionals in physical training providing safety advice, guidance and leadership. All of which might require a lot of money without donations and volunteering. Perhaps these are things that others can add to the soup.

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

Spirituality Is the Soul of Being a Hero

Why does a community hero training center need to address spirituality and inspiration?

The original ancient Grecian idea of a hero didn’t include spirituality. It included anybody who did something amazing, beyond the ability of ordinary people. Even  terrible acts of evil could make someone a hero. Today, heroes are people who are examples of doing good. This also means that heroes can be anybody, not just the super strong, brave, or smart.

We need to learn what goodness is, to find a strong reason to do good things for others. As neighbors living together in peace, there are many things that we all believe are good. As humans, of course we have differences, too. A community center for training heroes needs the help of all the spiritual and rational sources of belief in what’s good, to focus on what we all believe, and examine our differences with civility.
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I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

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The Community Heroes Training Center!

Here’s the plan:

The Situation

The world needs heroes. Our community needs heroes. Fortunately, there are heroes among us. We have heroes defending our country. Heroes protect us from crime and respond to emergencies. Heroes help us stay healthy, and heal us when we are injured or ill. Parents and teachers are heroes, raising and training new heroes. Even children can be heroes. We can all be heroes. Let’s try to be the best we can be, and help others in every way we can. I have an idea that can help us better ourselves and help each other.

The Dream

I have been dreaming about places that would help each of us improve in every way: spiritually, mentally,  and physically.  These places would also connect us with organizations giving help to others. There are many centers in this country which provide parts of this plan, but I believe none have put them all together.

The Procedure

The tallest mountains are climbed with small steps. This is the first step. Things that are impossible for one person to do are easy if many join in. I am one, but you can join me.  We can become many. Even without a physical place, we can start doing small things. Working together, we can get more people to join us. With more people we can do more, until we reach the goal. Individuals, organizations, and businesses can contribute and participate in different ways, as in the story of “stone soup.”

The Start

I can now  provide educational materials and lessons for events and special sessions at existing facilities, such as schools, libraries, and senior centers. One of these may provide some space and time for regularly scheduled or even daily learning opportunities. Other people (maybe you?) may join me in offering materials and lessons.

With enough support, we might soon open a small center in an existing building, supplying as full a range of educational materials as space allows. It would also provide information about charitable organizations needing donations and volunteers, and requests for help from individuals. The physical training area can be added later, as it requires extra space. I imagine an alternative to gyms and sports, based on the “heroes” theme, with obstacle courses of increasing difficulty.

The Goal

The final stage is a completed center with separate areas dedicated to science, art, music, and other studies; spiritual guidance and growth; and a large physical training facility. People of all ages will be able to learn new things at their own pace, whenever they want. They will be directed to existing institutes and businesses dedicated to providing advanced training in specific areas. There will be information on ways to share what they have and to help others. Members will be directed to organizations serving the community, and encouraged to be cheerful contributors and volunteers. The center will attract visitors from outside the community and serve as a model for similar centers in other communities.

The Need

With your help, this can be more than just a dream. I am not in this to get rich or be the leader. I believe this will be a blessing to everyone. I’m looking for someone or several people to take the lead. Someone talented in organizing and leading people. Anyone with experience running a business or non-profit. People who are good at raising funds and soliciting support. Each contribution is a step bringing it closer to reality. One business, institution or organization supporting the project could make the difference between fading away and full realization. Each one who joins brings us closer to the goal, whatever your talents may be. I believe that everyone has something that they can contribute to “the soup,” but stone soup without sharing is just hot water.

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.