I’d like to take a moment to apologize for the lack of updates to Irrational Health. For those who are first time readers, I do simultaneously work on the book and this blog at the same time so it’s kind of a juggling act. That being said I do intend to start writing here more frequently, but I’m also not going to give away everything here. Obviously, if I were to write everything away here, then there would be little reason to write the book or for anyone to read it. Of course, with a topic like this, there’s never really an end to it, so to speak. I fully intend to pursue the topic over the course of my life and while it’s premature to say, I foresee a sequel possibly after the ideas I’ve put forth have been talked about. While I build from various conversations with people, with varying backgrounds, I can’t really predict with much accuracy what the inevitability of the thoughts I write will be with the mass group of people who eventually read it. That all being said, this can be considered the third official Irrational Health post and it’s a fundamental one.
Something that isn’t true, isn’t true. I can imagine that that must almost come of as condescending for most people and yet, I’ve come to the realization that it’s not as obvious as people might want to think. It’s one of those things that so simple and yet, complicated in its simplicity. If something isn’t true, then it’s just not true. The background behind this is that people have become very good at fabricating the world around them as it concerns themselves. People are good at deception. That’s another simple notion, that is complicated in its simplicity. Some people are good at lying, but an even greater number of people are great at deception and their person of choice is themselves. Think about it. How often do you witness people deceiving themselves? I’m not even talking about something silly like, if I eat that last piece of cake it has no effect on my diet. That’s trivial. I’m talking about having a belief, which you express, and then just quickly denounce without any justification whether true or not. Why would anyone do this? They would do it out of convenience. I’ve already talked about this. We live in world that values 7/11 over the “mom and pop” shop. Something that isn’t true though, isn’t true. It doesn’t take much realize the tension here and what ends up happening is that this manifests itself as cognitive dissonance which builds and builds. I’d imagine that it would take a real character to not realize that at some point, the cabbage you’ve been calling a fruit, isn’t ever going to be sweet. If you’re laughing, you should. It’s ridiculous. It’s more than that. It’s pathological. The imagined disconnect you put up between yourself and reality is just that, imagined. Ask yourself this. What is a mid-life crisis? People say it’s centered around a feeling of failure, right. A person feels as if they haven’t done the larger part of the things they wanted to do for themselves when they were at a younger age or rather it’s a feeling of a lack of success. What I believe it is, and likely is, is that point at which all of that self-deception has caught up to you and you realize that the things around you aren’t actually what they seem. Why? Something that isn’t true, isn’t true. You redefined falsely what was of value to you. It’s a consequence of a life built on a series of lies that at the time subconsciously was the easiest way to cope with reality. A pig dressed in a suit is still a pig and something that isn’t true, isn’t true. It’s like the say, a $10 shine on a ten cents pair of shoes, still leaves you with a pretty lousy pair of footwear.