Dress-Up and Being Transracial

 

I remember one day when my daughter was very young and she dressed herself up as a pirate. For the rest of the day, we had to call her “Yellowbeard” (she was blonde), and say “Arrrrr!” a lot. She identified as a pirate, so she wanted us to address her as a pirate, use pirate language around her, and otherwise consider her a pirate all day. Everyone who saw her played along.

Of course, the next day she could be a very different character. That was who she was. And it was cute.

In her mid-twenties now, she no longer identifies as a pirate. She did go through other identities during her very early years, but that is not a part of her now.

Oddly enough, there are adults in our society who want us to consider them to be something other than what they are. We have all heard about Rachel Dolezal and her attempts to recast herself as a black woman, even though she is white. She actually attempted to hide her past as a white female, but it eventually was revealed that she had been presenting herself as black, probably in order to get significant jobs within NAACP. I can see how that transformation could benefit her job-wise.

Now, however, there is a white man who is claiming to be Filipino, even though he has no such ancestry. He says that he’s “transracial” and now identifies as a Filipino. This appears harmless, although it is possible that he could try to use this for gain, such as jobs or immigration to the Philippines.

On a side note, he also says he identifies as a woman now. This may have played into his decision to be transracial. When someone can change their gender simply by declaring it so, what is to prevent them from changing anything else about their life simply by declaration? What about:

“I’m a pirate now! Arrrrrr!”

                “I’m a policeman now! Pull over!”

                “I’m a doctor now! I can perform surgery!”

And many other ridiculous declarations. This is all so silly, but we are asked to consider these incidents as worthy of consideration.

According to the article, the Florida man says that he loves experiencing Filipino music and food, so he believes he’s really Filipino. Well, I like a lot of things, but that doesn’t make me a member of the Carolina Panthers, a highly-trained sniper, or a millionaire.

It’s all quite exasperating.

Arrrrr!

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More About the Adverse Effects of Marijuana

In the 60’s and 70’s, America began experimenting with marijuana. The story at the time was that cannabis does nothing more than get you high, make you mellow, and give you a craving for munchies and sex. That was then.

Moving forward in time a few decades, and we find people pushing marijuana to become legalized. First, they convinced many that it was important medically, but it turns out that there is little scientific evidence that it helps either chronic pain or PTSD.  The U.S. government says there is no accepted medical use for marijuana.

Not only that, but there is evidence is actually causes harm:

  • Impairs short term memory and judgment
  • Distorts perception
  • Negatively affects teen cognitive
  • Addictive

Marijuana is also associated with:

Now, we have discovered that smoking marijuana makes people more violent.

Since this blog is about how people think, we can clearly see that marijuana is harming how people think. So why did we want to legalize marijuana again?

Of course, it’s because we just wanted another way to get high. Legally. Forget about whether it actually is good for us.

 

 

Another Charlottesville Rally Without Antifa

We just had a third rally of white supremacists and others who were trying to keep the Confederate statues there from being torn down. This time, there was no counter-protest, no Antifa, and no violence. It makes you wonder what all the fuss was about the first time that led to violence and one death. Were the people who were who angry about this the first time still actually angry? But if no one showed up to counter-protest, how much conviction was there before? 

I’m not questioning whether there were racists involved in the first protest. They may have even been in this 3rd protest. But why no response if it was so important the first time? 

If a protest sign falls in a forest, but there was no news crew to film it, was there even a sound? 

Maybe protesting legally and nonviolently would have been better all along. After all, we do have the Constitutional right of peaceful assembly. 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/07/white-nationalists-rally-at-charlottesville-statue-for-third-time.html

Shoelace mistaken for noose causes racial uproar at Michigan State University | Fox News

What’s amazing is that this sort of thing happens so often to the Perpetually Offended. It doesn’t even look like a noose. Clear thinking individuals will look for the most likely explanation first, as in, “You know, Eileen, I think that’s just a shoe lace some body dropped.” 

 Instead, the Perpetually Offended train themselves to look for offenses, even if they are imaginary ones.

And the university administration is so afraid of a riot that they  kowtow to this.

Where are the mature heads who will speak truth in the situation?

Http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/06/shoelace-mistaken-for-noose-causes-racial-uproar-at-michigan-state-university.html

Groupthink causes more problems than it helps

This is a follow-up article from a conservative actress who “came out” to her Hollywood friends and associates. In the previous article, she discussed how many people de-friended her because she no longer fit within the worldview that is predominant in the film industry. 

In this article, she talks about the many, many conservatives who felt they have been in the same position. They feel ostracized, pressured, and persecuted. And they often feel like they are alone.

So let’s get beyond the politics of this. Let’s forget about the kind of person who feel ostracized. Instead, we should use this story to realize that there are lots of different kinds of people in our society who feel like they don’t fit in. It’s not just minorities or immigrants or whoever. 

And groupthink is a real culprit. We label people all the time and use those labels to separate ourselves from others. It’s important to look beyond simple categories and listen to individuals.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/09/18/eyes-wide-shut-actress-reaction-to-my-coming-out-as-conservative-story-was-absolutely-shocking.html

Taking the “Red Pill”

​In the cult sci-fi movie called “The Matrix”, the main character is presented with a choice. He could swallow a blue pill and continue to experience the world as a fantasy that has been imposed on him by others, or he could swallow a red pill and experience the world as it really is, without the superimposed “matrix” of fantasy. Recently, many people are writing that they are taking the red pill.

I don’t mean that they have actually entered the world of the Matrix. Instead, they have decided to stop interpreting the world through the groupthink that they have always known. One of the biggest inhibitors to actually thinking about an issue is groupthink. Groupthink is where individuals just adopt the beliefs and norms of a group without really understanding why. They don’t think things through. Since their friends and buds see things a certain way, then it seems okay to them, too. 

Some groupthink occurs simply because we’re just easily influenced. We’re all influenced by others to some degree. And when we’re young, we tend to be more easily influenced. Sometimes, groupthink occurs in reverse. For instance, teenagers often reject anything their parents might tell them and instead adopt beliefs of groups they admire, even beliefs their parents might reject. 

But other groupthink is forced. For instance, in totalitarian countries, you can be punished if you don’t adopt official beliefs. You could even go to prison or face execution. In other situations, your peers or coworkers will ostracize you or prevent you from working if you don’t parrot their beliefs. Many people rejected so-called “political correctness” because they did not want to conform to the beliefs of those of that mindset. 

It’s good to see many learning to think for themselves. They may not adopt the same beliefs as you or I, but as long as they are seeking truth and respecting those of differing beliefs, we’ve made progress.  

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/09/13/liberals-sick-alt-left-are-taking-red-pill.html

Why So Much Violence?

One of the old adages of parenthood is that you check to see who your children’s friends are. That’s because their friends influence them a great deal. If your daughter has friends who have their head on straight, then your daughter will probably do the same. But if your daughter tends to hand out with people who “make bad life choices”, then chances are that your daughter will be tempted to do the same and may make similar choices. Our friends often have big influences on us, and bad friends will have bad influences on us. 

When we are young, we often don’t have the maturity to understand this, and we observe this in our kids. Son Jimmy has a friend Ryan who keeps coming over after school to play. At first, Ryan seems nice. But then, you start to notice that Ryan begins to do other things, like taking Jimmy’s toys home with him, or bossing Jimmy around, or even punching Jimmy when no one else is looking. Whatever it is, let’s just call it “bad behavior”. When Jimmy is young, as a parent you probably have to intervene. You may have to discourage or even discontinue letting Ryan come over. 

When Jimmy is a little older, when he gets around other kids with bad behavior, you may have to have a talk with him and help him to focus on healthy friendships and not those that move him in the wrong direction. You expect him to start making at least some of those decisions himself. He may even have to tell someone directly that he doesn’t want to be friends anymore. 

And when he is much older, he will have to make those decisions himself without your input. Hopefully, he learns to observe people beforehand and make proactive decisions about who he’d like to befriend without simply waiting for others to approach him. 

This often affects us as adults, too. The people we hang with are typically people who think the way we do. Although there are often exceptions to this rule, we do have a great affinity for those who are like us. But there often comes some event, some abrupt occurrence, that shows those differences in some stark way. And then, we have to make a choice. Should we still be friends? And then we have to deliver that message to them. 

We can also apply this to current events. When the Charlottesville white supremacist rally took place in August, followed by a violent conflict with an Antifa group, the white supremacists (KKK and others) were villified by all manner of other groups. This included not only liberal groups, but conservative groups as well. Although the white supremacists intended their rally as a way to “unite the right”, the right turned around and condemned the white supremacists. In addition to conservatives, an overwhelming number of churches and Christian groups spoke against the white supremacists as well.

The good thing is that, although many in today’s culture group will white supremacists with conservatives, there is a distinct difference. The former may want to hang around with the latter, but the latter do not want to hang around with the former. 

Getting back to the Charlottesville rally, I think the white supremacists got the message. The Right does not really see them as friends.  
But the Left also has their own problem: a violent group called Antifa. In this case, Antifa never got the message. 

Not long after Charlottesville, there were two rallies in California: one in San Francisco and one in Berkeley. These were held by a group called “Patriot Prayer”. Lots of people turned out to oppose the rally, including Antifa. As you can imagine, it was a liberal counterprotest against this group. In both cases, Patriot Prayer had to cancel their rally because the police were afraid a violent confrontation would occur. Actually, a few members of Patriot Prayer showed up anyway, and they were violently confronted and injured by Antifa. You would think that this was another victory against white supremacists, right?
But that was not the case. It was a completely different story. Patriot Prayer is a small group that focuses on freedom, unity, and First Amendment rights. They are a diverse group with no bent toward white supremacy at all. They showed up even after their rallies were canceled because they wanted to talk to the counter-protesters as individuals. They wanted to have a dialog with them. Nevertheless, Antifa gave them the beat-down. 

Of course, after this, many on the Left quickly denounced Antifa, right? Here’s a list of liberal groups that spoke against Antifa after those events:

1) 

That’s right. Crickets. Nada. 

I would like to say that a small number of people on the Left did denounce Antifa, but only after a number of days went past. And that was a woefully small number

The problem is that the Perpetually Offended have become the Left’s Ryan. And the Left’s Jimmy doesn’t want to tell Ryan not to hang around. In fact, Antifa seems to be welcome whenever the Left has any confrontation these days. 

I’ve written about the Perpetually Offended and their worldview in this blog. The Perpetually Offended are angry about some long-past offense and will never get over it. There are many groups who are Perpetually Offended these days. The Left seems to be running over with them these days. They are angry, really angry. And nothing seems to placate them. How did they get this way?

I believe it all boils down to the problem I mentioned earlier concerning who your friends are. If they aren’t the kind of people you want to be friends with, then you should let them know. Otherwise, they will influence you. 

The book of Proverbs has this to say: “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” (Proverbs 24:25.)

I know a lot about anger. I have struggled with it. I have it largely under control these days, but I know I have a tendency to go back there if I’m not careful. I once had a good friend – we’ll call him Bill – who I had a lot in common with, but he also struggled with anger. In fact, he struggled much more than I did. I found that I had to separate myself from Bill because he tended to pull me in that direction. His friendship was toxic for me. 

The Left has a lot of important things to say, but they are associating too much with violent groups like Antifa. And the anger of those groups is overshadowing anything good the Left might be trying to say. Liberals have spent way too much time sitting in the hot tub of anger with those groups. 

It’s time to tell Ryan to go home. Here’s hoping someone on the Left has the maturity to do so.