I've recently started exercising. Some may scoff at the idea of a cat taking exercise, so let me just say this. Those scoffers are the same folks who, up till these past few years, had no concept of exercise and believed it their sole life's calling to only eat and sleep. I needn't remind them, I suppose, how they extolled the "noble man of leisure" and shunned all form of exertion. Any separation of their moldering haunches from their soft cushions, they held, diminished their lordly prestige. The call to exercise, the call to drink milk, the call for cold showers, the call to lose oneself among summer's misty mountains, all these idiotic calls were but scourges arrived on our holy shores from the West, numbering with pestilence, tuberculosis, and neurasthenia. Being born just last year, of course, and being still in my second year, I've no knowledge of how or when these "scourges" took root in man's mind. It was certainly well prior to my appearance in this living world, but bear in mind that a year for a cat is a decade for a human. Given that my lifespan is two-fold or three-fold shorter, and given that I still manage, in my limited days and months, to develop and live a full feline life, to equate cat years with human years is to err most egregiously. First off, consider, if you will, the depth of my insights at the tender age of one year and some months. The master's third daughter, they say, is about the same age, yet intellectually she's nowhere. All she knows is to cry and whine, wet her bed, and suckle her mother's breast. Compared to one like me, who laments the state of the world and rails against the times, she's a foolish little thing. Such being the case, it should come as no surprise that I've thought deeply on past and present health practices - the merits of exercise, the benefits of swimming in the sea, and the virtues of convalescing in milder climes. Only a dimwit human, stumbling about on too few legs, could possibly find this surprising. Humans have always been dull-witted and still are. That's why they proclaim now the merits of exercise and the benefits of swimming in the sea, going on and on about them, as though extolling some grand discovery of their modern age.