The recent vote in Australia on the same-sex union proves the point that you cannot count on the masses to lead to sanity into this world. Additionally, it demonstrates the point that politicians will do anything to buy votes and one cannot depend on the politicians to direct us to enhance the emotional health of society. Yes whoever said that”The voice of the people is the voice of God” in my mind must have been a politician.
But they should use another label for their union. Why? Because how we use words in our mind has a direct effect on our mental health and the way we feel.
The word’union’ implies a union of a male and female. If we include same-sex couples in this definition we’re redefining marriage and making a contradiction. Now contradiction is always bad for our mental health.
Please let me clarify how words affect our perceptions.
Now everyone knows what the term’accident’ means. It is an unhappy event that can happen to anyone at any time and any place no matter how much care and precaution one might take. It’s in fact never a preventable event when it occurs. All accidents are so unpreventable. Yet in hindsight all accidents are preventable.
So when we use the expression’preventable injury’ the words immediately distort our perceptions. And we may respond with’You shouldn’t have done that’. However, the person who was involved in the accident knows he shouldn’t have done that and is left with the consequences. It was really an accident.
Please let give you another example in society now of how the term’self-regulation’ has been tainted and distorted the perceptions of medical and other professionals to include regulating oneself on behalf of the government or any other higher authority. Self-regulation in my mind means regulating oneself from within without external help or coercion. How can anyone protect their own professional interest if they will work for an outside body doing the dirty job for them? Clearly there’s a conflict of interest involved. It is a mentally sick job of Porky Pig selling pork chops and pork sausages on behalf of this government. Do you consider it an acceptable position?
Hence may I appeal to all my learned friends and politicians that in case you care about improving the mental health of society, please don’t create more contradictions? Why not use a different label for same-sex marriage and I am certain that majority will have no objection to what is being proposed?