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.