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J. Peters has always been “Watching”

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I want to make it very much known to all that read this that J. Peters has always been watching, long before he put any University on Watch.

Indeed, during history’s most decisive and defining moments, I’ve always been there, gazing upon the events as they unfolded…

I am to history what transhistoricism is to historicity. History’s anointed one. From Julius Caesar’s crossing of the River Rubicon to humankind’s first steps on the moon, I’ve been there.

When the last confederate train fired up its great coal engines, and President Jefferson Davis pulled out of the Confederate Capital at Richmond, Virginia, signaling the end of the American Civil War, I was there…watching.

I was there when first landing vehicles hit France’s beaches at Normandy, watching countless people fall in the name of democracy and freedom. I’ve watched and will always be watching history form and clear a path for Liberty across the globe, and everywhere tyranny, injustice, and discrimination haunt us. Until people do what must be done for our species to survive the ages and take our power back from the savage instincts of yesterday, I will be there, watching and hoping.

I’ve watched, and I’ve hoped. I will always hope that freedom and liberty continue to prevail over the darkest manifestations of this humanity. Humanity enshrined in beauty and haunted by the specter and its long-standing perverse converse: inhumanity.

While I cannot go ahead and clear the path for humanity to move forward, my watchful eyes, my gaze, will always force humanity to continue to look inward. Confronting its great destiny, and discovering its own meaning and the greatest signified:

the free-floating or universal signifier.

Gilded in humanity’s potential and composed of limitless possibilities for its future.

 

About the Author

J. Peters

Max Guttman '08, MSW '12, is the owner of Recovery Now, a private mental health practice. Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, therapist and disability rights advocate, Max fights for those without a voice in various New York City care systems. He received a 2020 Bearcats of the Last Decade 10 Under 10 award from the Binghamton University Alumni Association.

Guttman treats clients with anxiety and depression, but specializes in issues related to psychosis or schizoaffective spectrum disorders. He frequently writes on his lived experiences with schizophrenia.

"I knew my illness was so complex that I’d need a professional understanding of its treatment to gain any real momentum in recovery," Guttman says. "After undergraduate school and the onset of my illness, I evaluated different graduate programs that could serve as a career and mechanism to guide and direct my self-care. After experiencing the helping hand of my social worker and therapist right after my 'break,' I chose social work education because of its robust skill set and foundation of knowledge I needed to heal and help others."

"In a world of increasing tragedy, we should help people learn from our lived experiences. My experience brings humility, authenticity and candidness to my practice. People genuinely appreciate candidness when it comes to their health and recovery. Humility provides space for mistakes and appraisal of progress. I thank my lived experience for contributing to a more egalitarian therapeutic experience for my clients."

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