Irrational Health: A Journal of an Exploration of the Human Mind (irrationalhealth.wordpress.com)
The first post can be seen here:
What is Irrational Health?
Sigmund Freud, famously in Civilization and Its Discontents, states that we’re all sick. We’ve built a society that has made us all ill and that for the most part, modern psychology and related medicines are an attempt to alleviate, artificially, that which ails us. There was a point in time when we lived as hunters and gathers. The struggle for subsistence dominated our life. Then we switched to a more agrarian form of life. We realized that by cultivating the land around us at a particular place we could create everything we need to live without the need to constantly move. We could exist within our family unit, within a small community of our friends and family and live comfortably. We came to realize further that a child with two parents had a much higher likelihood of growing of age than a child without. These are changes in the history of nature and how we lived life.
I don’t think that anyone can argue that at this point, we are, if we have not, entered into a new phase. It’s a phase that is marked by a sort of return to hunters and gathers, but marked by the individual. The tight knit communities we used to form have also started to dissolve. It’s not unlikely for a child to not have two parents, if any at all. Our communities are better defined by the people around us and that tends to change rapidly, even if it can still be measured in years. Separation is the defining characteristic of our modern world. It’s what’s causing our irrational health because we tend to focus on our gains rather than on the problems it causes our mind, our psyche, our hearts.
Our psychological fallacies in this new phase are increasingly more sensitive. It’s now more than ever easier to fall prey to the issue of self-fulfilling prophecies. Our minds focus in on a resolution and then causes our behavior to elicit all of the reason we’d need to make sure that resolution is the proper one. It’s a focus on selfishness that ails us. Now selfishness isn’t always a bad thing. It goes to say that you shouldn’t be strictly self-absorbed, but you also shouldn’t be a pushover. It’s as Aristotle professed. One should aim for that golden balance and while it can be difficult to ascertain, people are becoming less concerned to attempt to find it. We have simultaneously become our own greatest advocates and adversaries. So you see the purpose of irrational health is to begin to flush out the irrational. It is to attempt to understand our present state and while you may read what’s to come and not change your lifestyle; you may at least attempt to act with a greater understanding. That’s the purpose of irrational health. If you may, let me welcome you into my mind and show you how I perceive certain behaviors around me.
December 29, 2012