Being Shoved Into Meaninglessness

This is a societal and cultural problem that has polluted downstream political waters.

By David Limbaugh Published on November 17, 2017

I’m an advocate of higher education and all, but so much for assuming that the development of common sense and sound judgment are part of the package.

A Pew Research Center poll found that 77 percent of Democrats with a bachelor’s degree or more believe a person’s gender can be different from the sex they were “assigned at birth.” You’ll remember that Democrats are the party of science, and Republicans the Neanderthal science-deniers.

First we have to ask ourselves why in the world it would occur to anyone of any gender at any time or any place even to conduct such a survey. It would be like surveying people to find if they believe ears are for hearing or eyes for seeing.

It would be disturbing enough if only 77 percent of Democrats with this level of education thought gender is determined biologically. But 23 percent? That’s a whole new level of weird — unless you define “weird” as being outside the mainstream. What’s weird is how weird the mainstream has become — at least on the political left. This doesn’t speak well for higher education in this country, does it? Then again, you wouldn’t be surprised if you had seen the core curricula of America’s “great” universities — and many of the required reading assignments in the classes.

Common Goals?

I watched an interesting video of a young conservative from a liberal family explaining why he could dialogue with liberals and still love them because we all share common goals. It is leftists, he said, who don’t even share our goals anymore, and it is very difficult to find any common ground with them.

I thought to myself when watching the video, “Yes, we do share some of the same goals: less crime, less poverty, etc., but increasingly the mainstream Democratic Party is embracing or strongly enabling certain extremist ideas. There is just no denying that the party has lurched leftward.”

Reading these poll results, sadly, tends to validate my concerns, which is not something I’m happy about. How can a significant percentage of people of any respected group, much less of the higher-educated subset of that group, be so wrongheaded? People urging bipartisanship should explain how we find common ground with such stunningly different worldviews.

I’m hoping this chasm is partially due to the phrasing of the survey questions or fear of political correctness policing — but still, it’s seriously problematic.

Biological Reality

I don’t doubt, by the way, that some very small fraction of a percentage of people sense they are trapped in their bodies and feel more like the opposite biological gender. I recently talked to such a person and am sure he was sincere. He has always felt like he should have been born a female. Note that he fully acknowledges, however, that he wasn’t. He doesn’t dispute the biological reality.

So I have no inclination to judge such people. If they feel opposite their biological gender, they do. It’s above my pay-grade to fully understand this. But I think we’re dealing with something more than this. Cultural activism is at work here.

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Just look at the language the Pew survey uses to address these ideas: A human being’s gender is “assigned at birth.” You surely don’t believe this language is accidental, do you?

To have an assignment there must be an assignor. If they mean God, or even nature, I’d have no quarrel, but it’s clear they are talking about human agents (doctors or other health care providers) as assignors. This suggests some arbitrariness in the determination, or at least something that is subject to question.

It is not subject to question. Absent some biological aberration we are born either male or female, and no amount of linguistic manipulation can alter that reality, even though it obviously alters some people’s perception of the reality.

The Left’s Agenda

Yes, there is certainly an agenda at work here; with the left everything is political. There is an effort to normalize that which is not normal, which introduces uncertainty into things certain. We have not evolved, but are being pushed headlong into moral relativism and further into post-modernism and beyond, where there is no such thing as truth and reality is just a function of the individual’s preference.

This is moral chaos, intellectual chaos and biological chaos. It is nihilism. If truth is no longer defined as that which corresponds with reality, we have completely untethered ourselves from our foundations of meaning and significance. Parents with any remaining affinity for traditional values must surely be concerned about what we are bequeathing our children.

I’m not citing these ominous trends to score political points, and I acknowledge they are not solely the fault of just one political party, though they are disproportionately prevalent in that party. This is a societal and cultural problem that has polluted downstream political waters.

Indeed, these developments transcend politics. At the risk of subjecting myself to anti-Christian scoffing, I believe we are in the throes of spiritual warfare, which is one reason I’m not attempting to unduly demonize people falling prey to it. I used not to believe in the devil, but that was then, and this is now. I have no other rational explanation for morality and truth routinely being turned on their very heads — for right being considered wrong, and unreality masquerading as reality. Satan is the first and great deceiver, and many people, most of them unwittingly, are being deceived.

Pray for America. Pray for mankind.

 

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book is The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. 

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  • Trilemma

    If they feel opposite their biological gender, they do.

    So, transgenderism is real. Generally, people are born with bodies that are either male or female but how the brain is wired might not match the body.

    • Bryan

      We’ve been repeatedly taught that how a person feels is something that you can’t argue with. To an extent that’s absolutely true. However, a feeling doesn’t have to be based on reality to be felt. Someone who is clinically paranoid, for example, really does feel that someone is out to get them. That doesn’t make it a reality. So if a person feels like they are the wrong gender, that is a real feeling for them. That doesn’t make it rational or a true fact. That means that the person experiencing the feelings of being the wrong gender has a choice to make, either act on the feelings or act on reality. They can choose to act on the feelings but then they are recognizing that they are acting on feelings, not facts, and they should not be surprised that others don’t share their feelings or agree with their choices. If they cannot accept this, then why are they acting on their feelings instead of reality?

      • Trilemma

        So, if a person feels that those who are transgender are delusional, that is a real feeling for them. That doesn’t make it rational or a true fact. That means the person who feels those who are transgender are delusional has a choice to make, either act on the feelings or act on reality. A person can choose to cling to their feelings that those who are transgender are delusional but then they are recognizing that they are clinging to feelings, not facts, and they should not be surprised that others don’t share their feelings or agree with their choices.

        A person who constantly feels that people are out to get them should see a doctor. If the doctor diagnoses the person as clinically paranoid then that person should receive treatment, including treatment that will cause physical changes to the person’s body. If a person constantly feels they are the wrong gender for their body then that person should see a doctor. If the doctor diagnoses the person as having gender dysphoria then that person should receive treatment, including treatment that will cause physical changes to the person’s body. In either case, everyone else should accept the fact that one is paranoid and the other is transgender.

        • Bryan

          The issue in your argument is that you assume that there is no absolute truth and that reality is defined by feelings. If that’s the case, then we have no way to properly relate to anyone because they can feel like a woman one day and a man another. Our standard greeting to each other would have to change from “Hi, How are you?” to “Hi, What are you?”
          The other part of your argument dealt with treatment. If reality is defined by feelings then sex reassignment is in order. However if reality is based on something outside of how I feel, then mutilating my body is something that should not be prescribed.
          Ideally, feelings and reality should match most of the time. However, when they don’t, which do I choose to believe, how I feel or what I know to be truth based on other observations? Another example: I love my wife. In that case then my feeling (love) matches my reality (being married). Sometimes i don’t feel loving toward my wife. In that case my feeling (unloving, distant, uncaring) doesn’t match my reality (being married). So my feeling changed but my reality didn’t. Obviously I could change my reality to match my feeling (I could get divorced). But I know that my feeling will change in time. So instead of changing my reality to match my feeling, I change my feelings to match my reality. Depending on the circumstances, that could be simple or it could take years.

          • Trilemma

            Why should anyone accept what you believe about transgenderism to be absolute truth? I do not believe in absolute truth but there are things that are true enough to be acted on as true.

            Here’s an example of the reality of feelings. If you hit your thumb with a hammer you feel pain. Is the pain just a feeling you should do nothing about because it’s just something you feel and not reality or do you need to do something about the pain because it’s real?

          • Bryan

            If there’s no absolute truth (which is logically impossible), then your supposition is as good as anyone else’s.
            Operating on the principle that there is absolute truth (I think we discussed absolute truth in another thread at some point), we can distinguish between truth that is outside our perception and truth that is observable. An example of truth outside our perception is the existence of the Eternal God or the law of gravity. We can know about these from observation but at the same time, they are true whether we observe them or not. (IE Apples fell on heads long before Sir Isaac Newton figured out why.) Then there are things we can observe. I know an apple is red because when there is a light shining on the apple, the red wavelengths of light are reflected back to my eyes while the other wavelengths are absorbed. If there is no light, there is no color and we cannot observe the color.
            To the context of this discussion, I can observe the reality of the equipment between my legs and determine from that my gender. Even if my brain disagrees, that doesn’t change what is observable reality.
            I’ve worked as a carpenter’s assistant and worked on my own house. I’ve hit my thumb with a hammer many times. Most of the time it requires immediate acknowledgement, followed by almost immediately pushing the pain aside and getting back to the task at hand. Pain can be caused by something physical or emotional. Pain is real but you can choose how to address it.
            There are acceptable ways of addressing pain and ways that aren’t acceptable. In the example of the hammer, generally I can ignore the pain because I know from experience that it will go away shortly (unless there is a copious amount of bleeding, then there are other actions to take). An unacceptable way is to cut off my finger. It doesn’t help the situation, in fact it makes it worse. In the case of feelings of transgenderism, I can accept that they differ from reality and choose to deal with them as such by talking with a counselor or friend and working through them. Or I can choose to cut off the offending appendages in an effort to minimize the cognitive dissidence. The observed reality is that many who take the latter approach end up feeling the cognitive dissidence again because they never addressed the underlying cause.

          • Trilemma

            “Even if my brain disagrees, that doesn’t change what is observable reality.

            I agree. But if your brain disagrees, that’s reality too. The problem is how to treat someone who has a truth in their brain that disagrees with the truth of their body. If the truth in the brain can’t be changed then it may be necessary to change the body to match the brain. The vast majority of those undergoing confirmation surgery are happy with the results.

          • Bryan

            It would seem much better to change the part of you that can reason than the part of you that reproduces.
            “The vast majority of those undergoing confirmation surgery are happy with the results.” For a while. There are probably some that are ok for the rest of their lives. I believe that to be a rather small percentage. Many are ok for a time but want to change back after several years. Admittedly there is little data available.

          • Trilemma

            ”It would seem much better to change the part of you that can reason than the part of you that reproduces.”

            I agree. I thinks it’s best if people can learn to be happy in the body their born with. Here’s an article that cites all the research that puts gender confirmation surgery regret at about 4% or less. (Delete the space after each dot.)

            www. huffingtonpost. com/brynn-tannehill/myths-about-transition-regrets_b_6160626. Html

          • Bryan

            These are a few articles that talk about regret. Remove the spaces or add dots to the last as necessary.

            Btw, the link you posed (even after fixing the spaces) is broken. I was able to get to it by getting to the authors page on HuffPo.
            Here’s the link I used. I have no idea why it’s different from the one you posted.
            www. huffingtonpost. com/ entry/myths-about-transition-regrets_b_6160626.html

            www stream. org/ leading-genital-reconstructive-surgeon-number-of-patients-who-regret-sex-change-is-rising/

            www stream. org/ pain-transgender-regret/

            www sexchangeregret com

          • Trilemma

            Thanks for pointing out the problem with the link. It appears to have been caused by a capital H in html thanks to autocorrect. I read the articles. I’d already read the one about the reconstructive surgeon and posted a comment a comment on it. Regret happens with any cosmetic surgery. At 4% for gender confirmation surgery, that comes out to 400 people out of 10,000 surgeries. Considering the seriousness of the surgery, I think more needs to be done to lower that number. Unfortunately, with today’s rush to transition, I think the number will increase.

  • NellieIrene

    We have been warned biblically that this sort of topsy turvy thinking would emerge. But when you actually witness it, it is hard to believe it could have ever been possible. That rational thinking would be cast aside so casually. And that those who adhere to rationality would be marginalized as bigots.

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