To Spite Their Face

I remember a very sad story from when I was a 5-year-old. It was Halloween, and I was wearing my new, but beloved, Superman costume. This is very long ago when every kid’s costume was extremely thin material. I fell on the street and went down on my knees. It ended up tearing my costume. I felt humilitated. Here was the Man Of Steel with torn, bloody knees. It betrayed everything I aspired to in that costume. I could not be consoled, and instead just got angry. I would yell and tease the other kids in my group. This only made things worse, since the adults wouldn’t let me go to the doorsteps to collect my goodies as we went down the block. Instead of simply accepting the fact that my costume was a little damaged and going ahead with Halloween, I just made things worse. I never did get any additional candy that night.

That was a childhood error that fixed itself as I grew. Each time I got angry, I realized I could make my situation worse very easily by just giving into my anger. Although I’m definitely not perfect, I’ve learned how to respond with grace when things don’t go my way. My Christianity has taught me that. Jesus responded with grace when he was surrounded with those who wanted to take his life.

But not all actually accept this as part of their worldview. There are worldviews that simply pile anger upon anger. There is never any peace, but just retribution. There is never forgiveness, but just old, crusty bitterness. That was evidence recently in Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.

Several weeks ago, Hamas began a protest against Israel, telling thousands of Gazans that they needed to try to breach the border with Israel and occupy parts of the country. They described this as a peaceful march, as if no one had ever read about Hamas protests of the past. Israel held them in check, killing and wounding many of the protesters.

As with many of prior protests, Hamas had two directions they could go in. They could simply stop, realize nothing would come of such violence, live at peace with Israel, and build up their culture and economy. Or they could just double down on their anger and keep protesting. As is typical of their worldview, they chose the latter.

But they did so in a way that just made things even worse for themselves. First, they declined Israel’s offer of humanitarian medical aid for the protesters. This was greatly needed, since many protesters had been wounded.

And second, they started firing rockets into southern Israel, but they did so recklessly. When I say “recklessly”, I mean “stupidly”, because they damaged the electrical infrastructure that brought electricity into Gaza. This means much of Gaza ended up without electricity.

I wonder when the inhabitants of Gaza, or the leadership for that matter, will begin to realize that cutting your nose off to spite your face is not a good national policy. But this would require a change in worldview, from unrelenting anger to a worldview where true forgiveness is possible, or even loving one’s enemies.

What a novel idea.

Advertisements

Hamas rioter: group tricks women, children to enter line of fire

What is the mindset of those who deliberately want to put women and children into harm’s way. No matter what religion you belong to, it’s never right to put innocent lives at risk.

Https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5263044,00.html

The second of two “oil spill” news about the culture

It took me a little longer than normal to get to this second blog post, primarily because I got so nauseated from the first one. This news has already got me reaching for the Pepto.

Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is in a romantic relationship with Sophia Hutchins, possibly even about to marry him/her. As far as I’m concerned, this is a cultural oil spill, leaving sludge all over the cultural landscape. It may be impossible to clean up the environment. And it will only bring harm to everyone who ignores it.

First, both of them are transwomen. For those of you not keeping up with the lingo, that’s a man pretending to be a woman. Jenner has already undergone the surgery. I’m not sure about Hutchins, but it sure looks like Hutchins is already undergoing chemo treatments. You would think that someone who wanted to be a woman would be interested in attracting men, but that doesn’t seem to be Jenner’s motive. Jenner is a (fake) woman interested in a (fake) woman. 

The more I read about these trans relationships, the more I find that trans only tend to get romantically involved with other trans. I suppose that makes some sense. If you have undergone chemical and/or surgical changes to your appearance, it would not tend to be attractive to most heterosexuals. Perhaps only others who have altered their bodies in the same way would find that attractive.

You would think that both Jenner and Hutchins, who were born male, could have avoided a lot of the pain, cost, and disfigurement of changing into the opposite gender by simply remaining as they were: men. Would they have been attracted to each other as homosexual men? 

Apparently not. A transgender, from my limited understanding, seems to be focused on “possessing” the other gender. They aren’t changing into another gender to attract others but to completely absorb themselves in the opposite gender. 

Jenner certainly seems to be well on the way to complete self-absorption. Jenner is 68 and is romantically involved with 21-year-old Hutchins. Yuck! Even in heterosexual land, a 47-year-old difference is bizarre. In typical relationships like this, it makes you wonder what the 21-year-old is after, or whether Hutchins is somehow being pushed into this relationship by Jenner. In addition, in typical heterosexual relationships of this sort, the 68-year-old is simply trying to rediscover a youthful sexual prowess, yet it can never really be found again. The senior is simply preventing this young adult Hutchins from moving ahead with their life. Jenner’s self-absorption is evident here again. 

And finally, Jenner has already been married to 3 women. This is not seen in the story as what it really is: Jenner’s abandonment of women he entered into a lifelong commitment to. He failed to live up to his vows to 3 other women. What would make anyone think Jenner would live up to the vows of a new marriage?  Jenner’s abandonment of those vows is yet another illustration of self-absorption. Basically, Jenner can simply stroll away from those marriages because he/she is trying to be “fulfilled”. The sad thing is that most transgenders really never feel fulfilled. They get more depressed the more they pursue their transformation. 

And with those women came 6 children. Jenner can no longer be a father figure to any of those now-adult children or the grandchildren who will come after. His children knew him as a father. They now know him as someone who abandoned that role. His grandchildren will have a hard time understanding why grandpa is now grandma. Some family may accept Jenner’s transformation, but others will reject it, causing breaks in family bonds. All because of Jenner’s self-absorption. 

But the most amazing thing about this story is that it isn’t seen as amazing to much of our current culture. Many who accept this non-reality believe it to be good, but it merely provides additional kindling to already-wet firewood, which will burn itself out unless stoked by stories of fantasy, constantly stoked by the Perpetually Offended. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5683993/Who-Sophia-Hutchins-Caitlyn-Jenners-rumored-fiancee-revealed.html

The first of two morally bankrupt stories from our culture

Sometimes, the popular culture serves up a story so morally vacuous that I sometimes wonder if we’ve been invaded by aliens. How can anyone be so narcissistic?

This story is about a stripper named Blac China who rose to fame through her “exotic dancing” and “modeling”. (I wonder if ‘Chyna’ is cultural appropriation? But I digress.)

Chyna is apparently pregnant again. This will be her third pregnancy, and it’s by an 18-year-old boy rapper. Chyna apparently really knows how to pick men. She previously got pregnant from two other boyfriends. The first was boyfriend Tyga (Is that really ‘Tigger’ from Winnie the Pooh? If so, he’s got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.) This happened in 2012. That relationship lasted a few years. 

Chyna was clearly so devoted to her young toddler that she got another boyfriend and had another child in 2016. This relationship also lasted a few years. 

But recently, Chyna decided to be more discriminating, so she looked on a Christian dating site. Is this a thing now, trolling for guys to bed on a Christian dating site? What’s the attraction? That they’re morally straight? That’s a sad reflection on the fact that Chyna went there, and that her new beau was hanging on that site as well. 

We know it must have been a success because she found a new guy named Jay. He’s 18. I’m sure he’s got strong parenting skills, which is obvious in his statement about his relationship with Chyna: 

 “I don’t wear condoms. . . I would not want to f— a b—- I did not want to get pregnant,” he says. “If Chyna got pregnant, I would keep that s— like ‘ohh daddy love you,’ I love that a-“

Hmmm. I think we can all see the admirable qualities of such a man. 

The sad fact of the matter is that Chyna has really no care for those children. To her, they are nothing more than souvenirs of her temporary sexual relationships with the boyfriend-of-the-month. 

Recently, I’ve been reading a book called Primal Loss, in which adults who endured their parents’ divorce as a child get a chance to talk about the pain and suffering they have endured because of that divorce. Children who have parents that come and go suffer for a long, long time. Parents who spend an inordinate amount of their lives focusing on the next relationship inevitably end up neglecting the real needs of their kids. 

Those children deserve to be brought up in a stable home with a father and a mother who are married to each other. Chyna, like many other celebrities, have children as they wish, believing that those kids will be resilient and will never suffer from their mother’s lack of attention and revolving-door relationships. These children suffer real harm because of a self-absorbed mother. 

Those children will never know what it’s like to sit down for a family meal with mom and dad who love each other, help their kids with their homework, and go to their soccer games. Instead, they may get dropped off at some guy’s house for a weekend, while he himself focuses on his next girlfriend. 

Unfortunately, I doubt this will be the end of the story for Chyna. After all, she’s only 29 and there are plenty more teenage guys left on Christian dating sites. 

The worldview of Sexual Autonomy says that the only thing that is important is that one be fulfilled sexually. It doesn’t matter if you have to find a teenager. It doesn’t matter if you get pregnant. It doesn’t matter if this teenager is anything but a good prospect as a father. As long as you can fulfill your wildest sexual dreams, then everything’s okay. Forget about who has to pay for your very limited life goals. 

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/05/01/blac-chyna-having-baby-with-18-year-old-boyfriend-met-on-christian-dating-site.html

‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack arrested for alleged sex cult involvement | Fox News

It is often a question I ask myself when I hear about a new cult and their beliefs and practices:

Why would they believe/act that way, when it is so different from conventional beliefs and behavior?

I’m this case, the cult Nexium was a financial and motivational personality cult that ended up sex trafficking it’s own female members. They even branded those women, literally, with an iron.

Most cults are a twisting of Biblical concepts, so they feed off of people who believe the cult has finally found the “real truth” about God. Nexium, however, fed off of people with no appetite for God. Instead, it lured people in using things out current culture finds important: money, prestige, and sex.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/04/21/smallville-actress-allison-mack-arrested-for-alleged-sex-cult-involvement.html

Oldest Archaeopteryx Fossil Challenges “Missing Link” Theory

The oldest known fossil of an archaeopteryx has been uncovered in Germany. We have actually known for some time that the archaeopteryx is not an evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. We have known this for quite some time. This article states that clearly.However, that myth continues to be spread by teachers and others who should know better.  

In fact, we have enough such fossils to realize that there are variations between the fossils which may indicate different species. Contrary to popular views of evolution, the fossil record shows that animal species sprung up in history all at once, fully formed, in a number of events known to scientists as fossil “explosions” (such as the “Cambrian explosion”). Instead of finding fossils that slightly change over millions of years, we simply find species that suddenly appear in the fossil record. Archaeopterys is one of them. 

It’s time we let the archaeopteryx “missing link” myth go to sleep. 

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/02/01/oldest-fossil-missing-link-dinosaur-discovered-in-germany.html

Study confirms: #FakeNews travels faster than real news | Watts Up With That?

In our age of sensationalism, it seems that anything that gets the attention of the crowd is what drives the news. Even if that information is proven to be false later. I’m sure there are some unscrupulous people who are taking advantage of this. This makes it even more important to investigate any claim of truth in our culture. How do we know that some quick news item is actually true?

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/08/study-confirms-fakenews-travels-faster-than-real-news/