One of the most profound changes happening in the United States in particular and the Western world in general is the complete reversal of the normal and the abnormal. What once was considered standard, every-day behavior is now seen as deviant or hateful. What was once considered a sign of moral and social decay is now expected and celebrated.
There are still people alive today that remember the olden days; that time from about 3500 BC when people began to live in cities and establish civilization until 1960 AD when Marxism finally latched onto cultural issues after failing at economic ones. Back then, there were men and women and children, and no one questioned it. There wasn’t any particular reason to question it, just as we don’t question why we live in communities instead of as hermits or why we plant crops in Spring and harvest them in Fall. Certain things that we do as human beings line up with reality – biology, physics, or even human nature – and certain things do not. The things that don’t get discarded. Reality rules. Or, well, it did.
Facebook announced today that there are now 56 “gender options” available. These include things like “Cs Woman”, “Trans* Female”, and “Neutrois”. I had to look these up, which is strange, considering that, if this is a naturally occurring phenomenon in nature, I ought to have seen it in any of the books I’ve read over the course of my life. It appears one cannot keep up with the times.
A “Cis-” prefix implies someone who “chooses” to be whatever gender that corresponds to their sex as decided at birth. That’s a long and convoluted way of saying a “male” or “female” who doesn’t really feel the need to question it. Because they’re a male or a female. These are biological terms, if you recall from Middle School. They relate directly to sexuality and reproduction, and in turn define myriad other attributes useful in a species divided in two by sexuality. Just don’t emphasize that last bit too much; its offensive!
A Foundation Made of Fault Lines
Psychology is considered a “soft science” which is a polite way to say that it is made up in various proportions of rhetoric, polling data, survey results, over-confidence, theory based on presupposed views, observation, and predictive ability. It has its uses but also its abuses and it is the latter which tends to make the headlines under the guise of “science”.
Psychology is often used as a club to beat people with ideology. The idea of studying human behavior and thought is not novel; it is as ancient as human relations. One can imagine a boy in ancient Greece trying to figure out just how to impress the cute girl he saw at the agora and running over in his mind all the possible ways to do it. What does she like? Will she be interested in me? Maybe she likes flowers. Yeah! But what color? What kind? How many? Will I over-do it?
These are all questions of human nature, intellect, and emotion. They are psychological questions. They are scientific questions! They don’t seek to recreate or redefine human nature – they actually seek to understand human nature itself. That is the point of science, after all, to understand. In our modern lexicon, it may be proper to say that this sort of thing is philosophy, since we tend to think of science as purely physical and psychology, despite the best efforts of materialists, is not a purely physical enterprise. Re-classifying psychology as pseudo-scientific philosophy actually does a great deal of good, because we can compare it to other philosophies to see what parts are accurate and which aren’t.
I know of the perfect place to start. Homosexuality was reclassified from a disorder to a preference by the American Psychological Association in the 1960′s due to scientific inquiry and experimentation. Just kidding! It was reclassified because of protests and public pressure. Just like the heliocentric was declared true because of public pressure. Just kidding, again. The APA was influenced by pressure and changed their decision. This is not what happens in physical science or other “hard” sciences.
Think about it for a moment though. Who really gets to define this sort of thing? The APA serves the role, but by what right do they have to define what is a “disorder” and what is not? They set the definitions and they decide what gets classified. Unlike gravity, there is no experiment we can perform to determine if some behavior fits into some category. There’s no way to determine if some behavior actually exists or if we just claim it exists. Before Facebook and others declared there to be 58 genders, were there not 58 genders? If not, this seems like less of a scientific breakthrough and more of a change in philosophy. I argue this is precisely what it is.
Gender and orientation both seem to find their foundations on a shaky fault-line of postmodern psychology rooted in ideology. Ancient, classical, medieval, and modern thinkers did not even have words to describe what we now have the option of choosing on Facebook. If it is looked at honestly from a postmodern position, this is awfully strange. How did we miss these things for so long? Usually people bring up “two-spirit” people in Native American tribes in response to such claims, oblivious to the error that “two-spirit” requires the belief in a particular religion in order to make any sense whatsoever and postmodern psychology denies the religion. It reminds me of Neo-pagans who practice things that look nothing like the actual Pagans they wish to emulate – like sacrificing children to the gods of the forests or actually believing in Pagan spirits instead of a rational scientific system to explain phenomenon like plant growth. The only thing the Pagans and their nominal descendants have in common is irrationality.
Calling postmodern psychology insane may seem bad enough, but it gets worse. It takes something more than ideology to think you have the right to bypass your actual sex and choose one of dozens of genders. It takes something more than ideology to say that men and women are equal in the face of the evidence (like the fact we can distinguish the two). It takes something more than ideology to condemn the next generation of children to utter confusion. It takes pride.
Pride is the secret sauce, the grease in the gears making all of these pieces slide nicely together. It is the primary motivator. Pride tells people they are more important than other people and ultimately, in the truly insane, more important than reality. Pride is what motivates a person to declare that their own human nature is subservient to their will, because only pride could blind someone from seeing that the will comes from human nature.
The worst part about gender insanity is that its origin is evil. The effects are terrible, to be sure. The logic is poor, and the emotional rhetoric is screamed at those who would dare dissent. There is mockery in store for anyone who lived before the current generation of postmodern psychologists whose view of the world was not insane. Yet with all of these things in mind, the fact that gender insanity is based on pride makes it worse; the fact it is based on pride is the worst fact of all.
All false religions elevate man and demote God. Christianity makes it clear that God and man are not like each other and that man will never be like God, even if he might hope to someday be godly. Gender insanity follows right along. It elevates man as ruler of his own Nature, given to him by God. It demotes God who creates children in the womb of their mothers.
Pride is so focused on self that it is blind to everything else, including the teetering tower on a fault line that exists beneath it, waiting to collapse on a gust of wind, let alone an earthquake. Pride makes an ignoramus out of the prideful man who thinks his will can define his nature. It makes him look even more foolish when he claims to believe in a purely naturalistic and evolutionary account of man which precludes a will existing apart from nature’s control. It isn’t much better for a Christian who would need to approach Scripture as the most out-dated book in history for containing precisely 2 genders instead of 58.
The End of an Age
The world isn’t coming to an end, but an age is. The modern world was extremely rational, to a fault. The postmodern world has bounced towards the irrational with even more force. It is, at present, sabotaging the foundations to a civilization so peaceful, technologically advanced, and wealthy that it can afford some mistakes here and there; it can afford a lot of mistakes. Gender insanity may use up these extra resources.
When you are searching desperately for your next meal because there are no farms and no stores to provide it to you, you don’t care about being politically correct and letting everyone choose their own gender. You care about finding some food so you don’t starve. When you are a man looking for a spouse so you can have children who will survive in the future, you don’t care if you are a Cis-male attracted to Transnormative Cis-Persons. You want a woman who is young enough to have children and help raise them, since you’ll be out hunting or farming all day in a wasteland. That’s all there will be: men and women. Because that’s all there are: men and women.
I’m not optimistic about the future, but I don’t think we’re headed for a dark age. I think we’re at the height of one! We just don’t know it because our technology, practically handed to us by our predecessors, is making life incredibly comfortable for us. The material suffering that might come in the future is a poor place for one’s mind to dwell, but the possibility is very real. Our birth rates don’t match our death rates in most of the world, and we have depended on an increasing population to help get us by. Now we’re faced with a decreasing population. Our gender insanity will only make things worse.
Reality wins in the end. The best thing anyone can do is figure out what is real and what is false and line up their worldview with the former. Stop buying into the insanity.