A Quote from 2013, Regarding the Debate Over the Legalization of Gay Marriage

“I would never want to misspeak or in anyway say something to offend anyone on the basis of who they are or what they believe… especially a friend who would return to me the same respect. Nonetheless, I feel the need to say something regarding what the Court is presently reviewing. Rather then stating a personal opinion or belief, that could be misinterpreted, I think it best to comment on the behalf of a group whose stance can easily be overpowered when it comes to the proliferation of propaganda via social media. I think that often times fervor and energy surrounding any push or movement for freedom and equality can lead to an obfuscation, however slightly, of the reality of the situation or what the question at hand truly is. We all know that the Court on a base level, has the task of reviewing and ruling on the constitutionality of gay marriage, if they so choose to do so. With this in mind, people can use the word equality in two distinct lights, equality as in respect to how it’s contextualized in the Constitution, and equality in a subjective, idealistic light. I would hope that the Court and others might not be so quick to draw questionably unwarranted historical connections or to utilize the word oppression so lightly. It is my belief that both sides, both parties, are opposed to any form oppression, especially in the present day, and this is as it should be. I would hope that both sides understand the what the Court is tasked with. I would hope that both sides can respect, at the very least, the sensitivity of the concept, the sacrament of marriage because it’s my understanding that those that push for the full acceptance of gay marriage aren’t simply push for marriage or equality… but, simply, as it is for all of us, the desire to have the ability to express and embrace our love no matter the relationship between two people or the two people involved and I think we can all agree that that extends past the sacrament of marriage to all of our relationships… Regardless, the ruling… or the outcome, I support those who push for what they believe in and who they are.” Raymond Guzman, March 2013

P.S: This quote contains some personal opinion without a doubt, but it’s just meant to serve as an introduction for the Irrational Health outlook on issues of equality, liberalism, and fervor of freedom to come later.


A Quote from 2012, Regarding Human Propriety

“What’s happened to simple human propriety? I mean even during times of war and conflict, opposing parties have been shown to abide by unwritten rules. Civilians, women, children, the elderly etc. are not to be involved. Prisoners of war are to be treated with a certain level of composure and returned after a conflict has ended. Resolutions following a conflict are not to completely abolish the surrendered party for the sake of future foreign relations. This is basic political theory. In our worst state of human nature, all out war, we’re capable of maintaining a certain level of proprietary. Why is it that in our private, civilian lives we can’t maintain simple human propriety? I don’t understand how it is that a person can become so self-absorbed, almost over night, to the point where everything becomes a twisted psychological reinforcement of their own selfish, unjustified behavior. It’s downright pathological and then at that point it’s not too long until that self-fulfilling prophecy manifests itself in such a way as to create the illusion that that pathological behavior satisfies propriety. Then the other relationships that that person still maintains simple human propriety with seek to solidify that person’s new disposition and everyone is worse off because of it… It’s not a difficult thing to do, to maintain simple human propriety. We do it everyday. We look at each other and attempt to jump into each other’s shoes and that elicits an emotional connection. That emotional connection influences behavior and then we act with understanding and respect for one another. Why is it then that our most coveted emotional connections are the easiest to fall pray to this problem? It’s not about conflict. It’s about the way it’s handled. It’s disturbing to realize that so many problems are just the result of a lack of an understanding of our own psychological fallacies.” Raymond Guzman, December 2012