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Enlightenment or Dark Ages?

Hey all,

Just had this one published in The Daily Caller which you can find here... http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/19/scientific-revolution-or-dark-ages/

 

jc

We have become stewards of the planet - whether we want it or not

Just had this one published at The Daily Caller, http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/07/curve-of-earth-is-epiphany-of-stewardship/

Worth the click to read ;-)

 

Transgendered People? They don't exist

Just had this one published in The Daily Caller which you can find here or you can just keep reading…

My dad’s left hand is messed up.  It didn’t develop properly in the womb.  It’s an oval-shaped thing with small, dangly, non-working nubs.  This hand is both natural - it occurred, didn’t it? - and unnatural - that’s not how a hand is supposed to be - at the same time.

But in no way is he morally inferior because of this reality. He is not defined by his left hand.  It is an aspect of him, but only one of hundreds, and not a very important one to boot.  I suppose people could use his left hand as the sole means to define him but that would be rather silly.

It is not that rare to have a major physical malformation at birth.  We don’t celebrate these issues; we don’t cheer and hope for more babies with birth defects, we just deal with it.  Natural and unnatural at the same time.

Mental issues are no different.  Sadly, schizophrenia is not that rare.  A good friend’s son came down with it while a freshman in college.  He fights the demons it unleashes on a constant basis – there is no escape.  It is heartbreaking to witness.  Yet he too is not morally inferior, not somehow “less” simply because he has this terrible disease. 

Or there is bi-polar disorder.  A friend too fights this on a daily basis.  Educated as an attorney, he is quite intelligent and out-going yet due to his disorder he has never held a job for more than 2.5 years over the course of decades.

And these mental issues cover the gamut.  1 out of 100 female adolescents are starving themselves due to anorexia!  Without treatment a surprising number of these young women will die.

Should we celebrate these poor young women and help further their mental issues by agreeing they are fat and need to lose weight?  Should we assist them in their various methods of self-destruction?  Should we have our public schools celebrate, embrace, and reinforce their mental disorder?  Perhaps install fun-house type mirrors which add weight to their reflections to help them connect with their perceived body condition?  I think most would agree these would be ghoulish to even consider.

Instead we offer them help.  We don’t see them as morally inferior – they aren’t – but rather as simply having a mental disorder that needs to be addressed for their own good.

Yet in what can only be called a period of country-wide insanity, we do just the opposite with those who have a transgendered disorder, i.e. they feel as though “they” are not in internal agreement with their birth gender.  The official name is gender dysphoria and somewhere around 0.3% of the US population have this disorder.   

Do we offer these people help with their disorder as we do with all those others or do we celebrate and encourage their disorder?  Sadly it seems fashionable to do the later.

Society would rightly be up in arms if more and more babies were being born with left hands like my dad’s yet somehow we are collectively expected to “encourage” this one disorder.

And the obvious reason why it is treated differently comes down to one sad fact; it’s only because it has to do in some way with sex. This is a sad reflection on our society. 

This collective insanity is ultimately based on an obvious misunderstanding of human life.  We are not some little gods whose very whim can alter realty… like the reality of gender… rather we are the magnificent product of 3.8 billion years of evolution and are thus not infinitely pliable to whatever temporary whim that might be taken as wisdom and truth.

I have no doubt these individuals, both male and female, profoundly “feel” something; that is a fact.  But it is not a fact these feelings mean they physically are this thing called transgendered.  As a factual, scientific matter there cannot be such a thing.  This is a creation solely of their minds, not the physical world.

As Bertrand Russel noted “… minds do not create truth or falsehood. They create beliefs, but when once the beliefs are created, the mind cannot make them true or false... What makes a belief true is a fact, and this fact does not… in any way involve the mind of the person who has the belief.”

But what of the poor souls with this disorder?  What of their lives?  I would no more feed these people’s mental disorder than I would agree to tell anorexic young women that they really are looking a little chubby.  Both are vile and disgusting acts and we should hold those who do so accountable. 

Having a brain which doesn’t work quite right is no different than having a pancreas which doesn’t work quite right… neither has ANY moral aspect.  But of course problems with one’s pancreas are generally not outwardly noticeable while problems with one’s brain are.  Just the way it is.

I hold no animus against folks with this disorder just like I hold no animus towards my bi-polar friend, my friend’s schizophrenic son, or people like my dad who were born not exactly “right”.  They don’t need our pity.

Each is only a single facet in a multiple-faceted life.  You can embrace them or shun them as you desire.  But please, let us end this insanity that calls for us to celebrate this one, and only this one mental disorder.  These individuals deserve far more from us.

John Conlin is an expert in organizational design and change.  He is also President and founder of E.I.C. Enterprises, www.EICEnterprises.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to spreading the truth here and around the world primarily through K-12 education.

Can You Abandon The Racist Concept of Race?

There is only one person on the planet over which you have complete control, yourself.  Try to accept the scientific reality that there are only individuals and they are not defined by a handful of physical characteristics or where their most recent ancestors came from.

http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/17/the-idea-of-race-is-an-outdated-invalid-scientific-concept-lets-discard-it/

I don’t say this out of some kumbaya, warm-and-fuzzy belief.  Those who know me know I am the least “let’s hold hands, stare into each other’s eyes and sing kumbaya” type person you could ever find.  I proudly remain a black hearted mercenary.

This is simply the truth and the sooner we accept it and adjust our thinking accordingly, the sooner we can put the scourge of racism (from all sides) into the dustbin of history.

jc

NFL Kneelers Don't Understand WHY the Anthem is Played

Just had this one published in The Daily Caller which you can find here or you can just keep reading…

NFL kneelers have started a firestorm regarding our National Anthem and article after article have discussed what the National Anthem means.  Although perhaps well intentioned, most of these discussions miss the main issue.

The issue is not what the National Anthem might mean to this or that individual but rather why the National Anthem, or in smaller settings the Pledge of Allegiance, is performed before public gatherings.  And that why is unity.

Before the city council meeting or before a town hall or even yes, before a sporting event the National Anthem is performed as a sign of unity.  Before we start debating this or that point, before we perhaps engage in heated debate, and yes before we go out on the field and try to beat the tar out of the other guy we pause for and acknowledge our collective unity.

The fighting can start after that but first comes a communal declaration that we are all one; unified as Americans.

This is why the NFL kneeling movement is so divisive.  The kneelers might think they are making a point about this or that injustice but viewed from the true meaning as to why the Anthem is played, they are directly challenging the unity of America.

They are making a declaration that they are not united with the rest as Americans; that we and they are not first and foremost Americans.

Whether this is their intent or not is irrelevant.  They seem to think that because a football game is about to start, we just happen to play the National Anthem.  The why seems to be lost on them.

For an individual the meaning of the National Anthem might vary greatly.  But regardless of how we might feel about the meaning, the why it is performed, generally by all in attendance, is very clear.

Standing and honoring the National Anthem isn’t about its meaning, it is about unity.  And not surprisingly, it is by its very nature disruptive when one actively protests during a brief period of collective unity.

Whatever these kneelers desire – and that seems to cover many disparate issues - attacking unity is never going to be a unifying event.  Just ain’t going to happen.

John Conlin is an expert in organizational design and change.  He is the founder and President of E.I.C. Enterprises, www.eicenterprises.org, a USA-based 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to spreading the truth here and around the world, primarily through K-12 education.