It seems to me that people are really good at maintaining hope. That might sound strange, but when I think of the books and the authors that parallel the kind of text I’m writing, I see a group of people who are desperate to find some type of hope in it all. There’s almost an unspoken requirement that states that you have to give people some hope. You have to because you can’t possibly leave people without the possibility of a happy ending. As an author I find myself looking for hope as well, and yet I’m determined to not include it unless I’m absolutely sure there can be. It’s an irrational thing to desire hope in any situation and yet, I admit that as person I can see how it’s almost essential because if there were no hope, then what would be the point in living or for that matter why would I bother writing. It’s ironic that the more I try to draw a light onto all of these irrationalities, I found myself further consumed by them and in some way find that it’s impossible to detach oneself from absolutely every one, if simply for the fact that we’re all interconnected and one irrationality feeds into another person almost by definition.
One of the other questions I find myself toiling around with is the question of whether or not their is a definitive, figurative line that once crossed can’t be undone. In another way, is their a point at which someone has delved so deeply into this condition that ails them, Irrational Health, that he/she is incapable of escaping or curing himself/herself. I’m not sure what the answer to this question will be, but the one thing I am sure of is that there is most certainly a line that once crossed makes it very unlikely or possible that someone could walk back. Think about it. There has to be a point at which shining a light at every irrationality you’ve embraced would leave in almost a catatonic state. I mean imagine if you were Jim Carey in “The Truman Show” and you just found out that your entire life was a sham. What would you do? What could you do? Would you even have an identity at that point? Now this might be an extreme example, but it demonstrates what the effect would be. The point is that at some point a person can find themself too far in. There is somewhat of a fine line, I believe, and it’s all the more reason to want to limit the lies that people tell themselves. When all is said and done, I suppose such a person could hope.
To start today, I want to take a moment to clarify exactly what Irrational Health (the book) is really about. I want to say what it’s intents are and which intents you shouldn’t expect. Irrational Health is above all else an objective analysis of modern life, particularly in regard to western life. The real fact is that a global culture has and is continuing to emerge so it is essentially about the world and human nature. It’s about the shortcuts that people are getting so accustomed to taking. It’s about the irrationalities in generally accepted modern beliefs. It’s about illness on some level and that’s where the title emerged. That was the inspiration. If you want to know what inspired me to write a book like this, I can tell you on a base level it was influenced by sadness. Irrational Health is about what’s real and it’s about the value of concern. It’s about connection, community, and a desire to do good for yourself and the world at large.
One of the problems I’m facing in writing this book is effectively expressing ideas that are simple and yet, complicated in their simplicity. This book is one some level the physical product of a lot of years of thought for me so sometimes it’s difficult to backtrack and make sure that I’m being effective in conveying my thoughts to someone who will pick up this book for the first time. I further feel the need to say that I am a Catholic and a conservative Republican, among other classifications. but that this book isn’t an attempt to push the Christian imperative or the Republican platform. This book also isn’t a sort of ten steps to a better life. I can’t give steps to improving your life because this book isn’t about shortcuts or easy fixes. One some level, this book couldn’t possibly be intent on giving anyone guidance. It’s about what’s true and as powerful as the ideas may be in this book, neither it or I can tell you what you need to do to fix the irrationalities in your mind. I can only tell you what you should be wary of and cognizant of when you’re attempting to fix something in your life with anything other than what’s true to you.
I am very much concerned about what the world will look like in five more years… ten… twenty. The impact of these irrationalities are like a snowball rolling down a snowy mountainside. It’s only going to get bigger in severity and faster in its intensity. The outlook on some level is a modern world in which nothing is really real and everything is imagined. The only thing grounding people will be what they think is grounding them and what’s grounding them will be something like a pebble rather than “tierra firma” (Spanish for “solid ground”) and this will invariably lead to fear, which will lead to scapegoating. History tells us what happens when a group of people are scapegoated. How many times are we willing to allow history to repeat itself before we actually (I use “actually” purposely) decide to make a change? For some, it may only take one, but for so many it takes too much. I’m not sure when I’ll be finished writing Irrational Health. I don’t know if even one person will read it. I don’t know if it’s going to be worthy of a read. I don’t know if it’ll gain a reputation posthumously. None of that matters. The ideas are what matter and this is my expression of those ideas for better or worse. If you read it and you think it’s worth something, then do something. It’s possible you might see one thing rationally for the first time and that alone can be enough to make the difference.