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Copyright © 2018 by Gary Bachlund All international rights
"If I decide to
be an idiot, then I’ll be an idiot on my own accord." Johann Sebastian Bach
Music chose me long before
I knew I had
Looking back through several score,
With staff in
hand I go,
Undreamt lands to explore,
horizons' distant glow.
Music chose me, furthermore,
And for this
much I owe,
Until in time I am no more.
Kaiser of China - paraphrase of Heinrich Heine
Our father was a sober chap,
That common sort of conqueror,
We but swill our Prussian gin
And thus are the greater emperor.
This is a magic draught! We have
Decanted to our delight:
As soon as we have drunk it down
Blooms China, bloody, bright.
Our government is shot white hot
With fruiting-ripe prosperity,
Yet we, almost a manly man,
Find our pregnant wife's a scarcity.
There is plenteousness everywhere
And even our sick are healthy;
K'ung-zu, court councilor to us,
Speaks clearly for the wealthy.
Our military's pumpernickel
Shall be almond cake - hurray!
And all the tattered promenade
In velvet and silk display.
Our Clementine-skinned upper class,
And those dullards in this realm,
Will youthful vigor regain again
And praises then will overwhelm.
The great pagoda, spire inspired,
For believers is now complete;
Baptized Jews are rewarded
With medallions as a new elite.
A revolutionary spirit withers now
As did noble Manchu compute:
A constitution is not our wish,
We choose walking stick and stylish boot!
Asclepius, god's son, advised
We resist the evils of drink,
But we enjoy our Prussian gin
And our peoples are quite in the pink.
Another schnapps, and another schnapps!
It tastes like heaven's manna!
With the dregs our people shall be content
And cheer us loud: Hosanna!
Der Kaiser von China - (2018)
The goose that laid the golden egg
Was fowl -- and judged unfair.
The others gandered -- to renege
They gathered not just to stare.
The golden goose, knocked down a peg,
Would now be plucked to share.
For golden eggs, they'd come to beg,
For the gaggle's geese welfare.
The gold-egged goose no goslings had,
Hatched nothing live, as nature taught.
Gold is base metal, one might add,
And over it wars are fought.
The golden goose, in the end, was sad,
For little geese, as afterthought,
Were not hatched to make her glad.
Her skein decreased, to come to naught.
I swim along in music's streams
I swim along in music's streams,
and splash about a bit
with singing sounds and swirling lines,
where so it sings and as it's writ.
I toy a spell with silly words,
and spatter this with that
for such are they as they sound,
natural, when sharp or flat.
I navigate the circling world,
and sternly watch the wake,
as cuts the wind to touch the clouds;
all this for heaven's sake.
I like the tangling lines of fate
which twist, and tie and bind,
taut holding sails, billowing,
tomorrows yet to find.
- rhymed paraphrase of Christian Morgenstern
A fish wrote recently in the
›I'm done with not being wet.
I want (as you, too, might yet)
Piano-playing hands, a set.
In the South Sea deep there lives a newt
Who wear glasses and will to commit
To sharing his methods with all of us.
Bad Westerland, Sylt. E. P. Schmidt.‹
The gazette was hardly published,
Before the herring and the shark,
All schooled, including the whale,
Were scandalized by the remark,
Yes, and more than that, as one,
Judged it a decadent vulgarity.
(The octopus alone saw in this
A worldly, fishy hilarity.
It swam seeking, senselessly,
A piano, that maritime rarity.)
The four-eyed newt with the pointed ears,
Not to lose potential clientele,
Posted this brochure to Schmidt:
›Fish hands (manicured as well)
Through exercises in three years.‹
Everything can happen, so it appears.
You see, like there in Westerland,
In man as in fish such flames are fanned:
What was once in Mother Nature's hand
Now must come under civilized command.
Zivilisatorisches - (2018)
- so seeming nice
Pick the fruit of the poisoned
and bring it
towards one's lips.
Ladle a cup from the poisoned well,
and ponder as
Visit thought from the poisoned mind
as at one's
mind it rips.
Prayer the prayer of the poisoned heart
as at weak
faith it snips.
Pick poisoned fruit, sip the poisoned cup,
the wise one skips.
of Rats - paraphrase of
There are two types of rat:
The hungry and the well-fed fat.
The fat stay happily at home,
The hungry hunger to widely roam.
They trudge a thousand miles,
Without rest these exiles,
Onward in their grim pursuit,
Not wind nor weather bar their route.
They clamber over lofty height,
They scuttle on through watery fright;
Some drown or succumb to a broken neck,
The dead just abandoned in their trek.
Like screech owls' howls
Are their muzzle-mad growls;
Their shaven heads so uniform
Seem radical, rat-bald is this swarm.
The militant horde so is clawed,
Acknowledging not a single god.
They do not baptize their brood,
Their females being communally viewed.
The rats in a frenzied cluster
Devour whatever they muster,
And ponder not while all's consumed,
An immortal soul can be so doomed.
Such is the fury of hysterical rats,
They fear not hell, not even cats;
They know no good, and have no cash,
But at the world would gnaw and gnash.
The horde of rats, alack, alas!
They are gathering up, en masse.
They move, hear in this region
The whistling - their number is Legion.
Oh, woe! we are lost, too late!
They are already at the outer gate!
The mayor and senators too
Shake their heads, not electing what to do.
Citizens rally, weapons in hand,
The clerics' bells ring as planned.
Endangered is society's health,
The lofty state, the peoples' wealth.
Not clanging bells, nor the priestly pleas,
Nor approving senatorial decrees,
Nor cannons, muzzle loaded, aimed when swung,
Can help this day the defenseless young!
Today the words spin out like thread;
The practiced art of speech is dead.
With syllogisms, rats are not caught,
And clever sophisms come to naught.
In the hungry stomach, one observes,
Only soup-with-dumpling logic serves,
Only roast-beef, arguments are enough,
Entertained by Göttinger-sausage stuff.
A wordless cod, parboiled in butter,
Silences the radicals' hungry mutter,
Better than some political zero
And, after Cicero, each prattling Nero.
Die Wanderratten - (2018)
The music has stopped
without chairs enough
for all to take their seat.
For what must one opt
in times turned tough
when someone's missed a beat?
Conduct as a bluff
when trapped in the rough,
but surely beat discrete,
For hand waving's pride
gets powder puff-puffed
by the musically lost aesthete.
Sticks and stones redux
Sticks and stones may break men's
Yet words are most effective
In passing on that raging fire
Of word absurd invective.
Cudgels and the sharpened blade
When wielded with worded rage
Can splatter blood upon the streets
As on the printed page.
Warfare weapons of all kinds
Are bolstered by what's said,
And, for this is bright hatred
On harshest words well fed.
Prepare a piano;
prepare the way.
Be bright amazed
or bored this day.
One clowns around
some sound that's found,
And goes into a park
to seek its spark.
Bird songs resound,
and barks the hound.
your musical mark.
Artists talk a lot about freedom
And artists talk a lot.
Art went into a park
just for a lark.
Prepare a score;
perhaps there's more.
If the facts don't fit the theory
If the facts don't fit the theory,
Then you must change the facts;
When hard data is too dreary,
It's the data one attacks.
Conclusions being what must be,
All that's not, one extracts.
And as that game grows weary,
Such theories become failed artifacts.
I found a toy in dry caked dirt
I found a toy in dry caked dirt
gardening that day,
from so long ago
and a time
now far away.
Encased in crusty earth
I almost did
Time had done its leveled best
and earth too
did its part
Encrusted dirt full fell away
hands had worked
which therein lurked.
The toy is real in memory,
lifts the spell,
as did its
small words do tell.
David slew Goliath, for so that
But now the twists of fate demand it must be bent.
Goliath was oppressed by David's cheating sling,
And David was oppressor who a deadly stone did fling.
Parsifal, the foolish fool, triumphed in that tale;
Now imbeciles demand there be no holy grail.
Parsifal remains the fool, and nothing may be learned
Excepting what is postmodernist-ly so churned.
God is dead, the madman cried, in Nietzsche's famous text,
Which asked some ignored questions, such as: what comes next?
Man is a cancer on the earth, the Club of Rome proclaimed,
While working hard to rule that little men be tamed.
Post modern wymyn spelled their words anew,
To prove they were imbecilic, alphabetically skewed,
And now their papers pile in unread stacks of pulp,
And gobbledygook is swallowed in a bibliographic gulp.
'This is that,' that 'none may judge' is what is judged today,
As words and tales and logic are eroded well away.
And what remains is knotted, more Gordian than ever,
As postmodern idiocy worships at seeming clever.
Old victims become oppressors, to play the same old game,
For cycle all the stories, the cudgels and the blame.
What comes after, then, this postmodern time?
Shall post-postmodern modern wither its paradigm?
Some things are just what they were, or so one argues when
The cycling revolves revolution and starts all over again.
A David will kill a Goliath, for the story is ever new,
And consequences once deferred will burden more than few.
lies hidden - until the time it's bidden
Evil lies hidden,
in a cloak of good,
lie in sheep's clothing,
as what is
evil really should.
Evil lies hidden,
camouflaged some way,
for if it
were too easily seen
scare off its prey.
Evil lies hidden,
allows it to
Evil lies hidden,
and when 'tis
said it doesn't,
to its prize.
Evil lie hidden,
wide-jawed for man,
to catch the
as was and
remains its plan.
Evil lies hidden,
veil is ripped away,
bracing light of day.
I can't, I simply can't - a postmodern student rant
"A movement is arising, undirected
and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words,
ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.
...it presumes an extraordinary fragility of the collegiate psyche, and
therefore elevates the goal of protecting students from psychological
harm. The ultimate aim, it seems, is to turn campuses into 'safe spaces'
where young adults are shielded from words and ideas that make some
uncomfortable. And more than the last, this movement seeks to punish
anyone who interferes with that aim, even accidentally. You might call
this impulse vindictive protectiveness. It is creating a culture in
which everyone must think twice before speaking up, lest they face
charges of insensitivity, aggression, or worse." In "The Coddling of the
American Mind," by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, Atlantic,
I can't, I simply can't.
I won't, so goes the rant.
The chant goes that you shan't,
Or if you shall, recant!
I rage o'er every page.
I gauge all by outrage.
So postures this as sage.
I roil from words and boil,
From others' thoughts recoil.
Protect me from all toil!
Save me from thoughts' turmoil.
me must coddle,
make me waddle,
Teach me only
Such is the
Reality is what reality is,
accepts your change;
might and what one can
lie in its
Evidence to the contrary
is a mean and
won't believe it
its nasty sting.
Reality is what reality is.
With my all-encompassing
You're all that I say you are;
And, as my words are weapons,
You'll have earned each well-planned scar.
With my sharpened accusations,
You're judged by the jury of me;
So long as I remain unquestioned,
You'll not hear the last from me.
With my dour denunciations,
I condemn you before you speak;
And, as I am the sole decider,
You shall never me critique.
With my critical stance emboldened,
You're grist for my grinding mill;
And, as you must not ever criticize me,
I will win, and I always will.
Addendum of Practical Aims: "While Critical Theory
is often thought of narrowly as referring to the Frankfurt School
that begins with Horkheimer and Adorno and stretches to Marcuse and
Habermas, any philosophical approach with similar practical aims
could be called a 'critical theory,' including feminism, critical
race theory, and some forms of post-colonial criticism. In the
following, Critical Theory when capitalized refers only to the
Frankfurt School. All other uses of the term are meant in the
broader sense and thus not capitalized." In "Critical Theory," by
James Bohman, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2016
[ 1 ]
[ 1 ] "...critical
theories are not democratic theories, but their
practical consequences are assessed and verified in
democratic practice and solved by inquiry into better
democratic practice. Perhaps one of the more
pernicious forms of ideology now is embodied in the
appeal of the claim that there are no alternatives to
present institutions. In this age of diminishing
expectations, one important role that remains for the
social scientifically informed, and normatively oriented
democratic critic is to offer novel alternatives and
creative possibilities in place of the defeatist claim
that we are at the end of history. That would not only
mean the end of inquiry, but also the end of democracy."
The appearance and dissemination of Critical Theory has
been a historical attempt to revitalize Marxist thought
culturally, but it has been a short cut to being a
battering ram, bringing the whole realm of intellectual
pursuits surrounding Critical Theory into crisis.
Bohman ends his summary with the awareness that
"critical theories are not democratic theories," and it
is wise to observe that democratic theories easily trip
over into simple majoritatianism, such that individual
rights are violated by the "collective."
To this end, the call to "politicize" Critical Theory is
made, as one reads: "...if critical theory
seeks to contribute to finding the way out of the
contemporary crisis of social theory, it must itself
develop new perspectives. In opposition to the previous
model of 'one-dimensional society,' critical theorists
today should focus on the contradictions, conflicts, and
crisis tendencies within contemporary capitalist
societies. To the neglect of political economy and
empirical research found in much critical theory, we
should respond with theoretical analyses of developments
within the capitalist economy and of changes in class
stratification, the labor process, new technologies, the
media, and politics. In opposition to the apolitical and
even depoliticized versions of critical theory that
continue to circulate, those who wish to revitalize
critical theory should attempt to politicize it, to
connect it with new social movements and existing
political struggles. As we move into the 1990s and
toward the end of the century, many theoretical and
political tasks stand before us. If critical theory
wishes to participate in the Left Turn needed to
eliminate the current hegemony of the Right and to help
to build a better society, it needs to develop both its
analysis of the present situation and a new politics in
order to become once again the cutting edge of radical
social theory." In "Critical Theory and the Crisis
of Social Theory," by Douglas Kellner, UCLA Graduate
School of Education & Information Studies, n. d.
The model of Left-Right polarity lives, as each side
vows to be the "correct" side. Kellner above calls for
"new politics," which seems amusing, given a century and
more of varying forms of new politics and many failed
political and social experiments, as the call for the
"new man," from the Bolshevik revolution forward, has
proposed to know what is "new" and to know what is
"right." One watches the socio-political strife on
campuses throughout the West, in testimony to some
"game" in which radical power politics is "revitalized."
Such an active and revitalized politics may be seen by
keeping an eye out for
In the quote above, Professor Kellner assumes a "current
hegemony of the Right." Oddly even the New York Times
notes that a Left regime comes to "one-man rule under
the leftist" as one considers some
Left to their own devices
The argument is easily made that the Left-Right model is
failing, if not failed.
It becomes clear that the
Left is Right, as Right is Left
"Democratic state lawmakers
are worried because California relies so heavily on the income taxes
it collects from high earners to fund government services. The
state’s wealthiest 1 percent, for instance, pay 48 percent of its
income tax, and the departure of just a few families could lead to a
noticeable hit to state general fund revenue." In "Wealthy exodus
to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats," by Adam
Ashton, Sacramento Bee, 18 January 2018.
|You can rob a
Peter to pay poor Paul,
Until rich Peter moves away;
Then robbing Paul is what comes next,
As the strategy twists that day.
|The tale of
rich Peter and poor Paul
Is not a simple tale of two;
Though the Tax Man isn't mentioned,
He's that actor that's not in view.
|When the cast
list of the tale is seen,
There's a third standing in between;
Without this clarity, Peter and Paul
Are not a complete cast nor scene.
Peter, Paul and the Tax Man
Grapple in their dance,
One is sure how the story ends,
One foretells it in advance.
New Year's - one, two, three
Last night I tied one on,
It felt like I'd tied two,
Three sheets to the year's end
Is what it
was. And you?
Last night did you tipple,
In celebratory toast?
Did you double or triple
What is more
Last night rang out the old year,
This morning brings the new,
And oh my goodness gracious
in a stew.
"What has been is what will be, and what has been
done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun."
No such thing as original sin,
all been done before.
No such thing, since all has been
those days of yore.
No such thing and nothing new
'Cause lots of stuff is called a sin,
worst and the jolliest fun.
Theologians all can tilt at this,
consider the score:
No such thing as original sin,
all been done before.
Tonality died, so was it
"...we shall examine tonality in its last throes. I
want to prove to you that it's really dead. Once that's proved,
there's no point in going on dealing with something dead." In
"The Path to Twelve-note Composition," Anton Webern (1933),
trans. Leo Black, Theodore Presser, 1963.
[ 1 ]
Tonality died, so was it declared,
In nineteen hundred and thirty three.
Time has passed; the statement's fared
Quite poorly, according to history.
Tin Pan Alley razzmatazz'd,
And Rock and Roll took off,
And jazz was clubbed, but not to death,
At tonality few would scoff.
Musical theater popped with tunes,
And dance fever stayed as craze.
If there's no point in what is dead,
These are tonality's healthiest days.
Addendum of Seeking:
"...the artistic response to a world in
which there is so much confusion, division and threat to people on a
global scale, and where we can see that unfolding in real time – and
with a sense that this will be how it is for the next century – is
very different from the heroic task of rebuilding Europe after the
war and the broad cultural certainties that made that possible.
What form music and its creators take is proliferating, diversifying
and morphing in a beautiful way that cannot be categorised by an
'ism'. I do not recognise the existential crisis that Philip
Clark describes. Music that opens up our hearts and minds, that
haunts us and leaves us with questions, seems to be the kind of
greatness we need nowadays...." In "Composers seek a new definition
of greatness in a digital age," by Susanna Eastburn, Guardian UK, 22
of Rediscovery ad Reacceptance: "Commenting on
musical poetics and the 'rediscovery and reacceptance of tonality'
in the Harvard Lectures given in 1973, he stated: 'I believe that no
matter how serial, or stochastic, or otherwise intellectualized
music may be, it can always qualify as poetry as long as it is
rooted in earth…and that the expressive distinctions among [new]
idioms depend ultimately on the dignity and passion of the
individual creative voice'." In "Leonard Bernstein," New World
Encyclopedia, n. d.
Addendum of Being
Trammeled by Stultifying Convention: " 'Well, what
can you do with the wretched and antiquated instruments of our
orchestra? A diatonic scale, bah! Thirteen miserable, bourgeois
semi-tones, pooh! To express the infinite complexity of modern
emotion, you need a scale of thirty-two notes to the octave.'
'But why cling to the octave?' said the fat man. 'Till you can cast
away the octave and its sentimental associations, you walk in
fetters of convention.' 'That's the spirit!' said Wimsey. 'I
would dispense with all definite notes. After all, the cat does not
need them for his midnight melodies, powerful and expressive as they
are. The love-hunger of the stallion takes no account of octave or
interval in giving forth the cry of passion. It is only man,
trammeled by a stultifying convention...." In
"Strong Poison," Dorothy Sayers, 1930.
Addendum of Looking
Right Back: "If your neighbor looks at you like
they don't enjoy the key you're singing in, look right back, bless
them, and keep on singing." Odetta Holmes (1930-2008)
1 ] Willi
Reich wrote in the preface to the 1963 edition, "It is very characteristic
that Webern should have called both cycles 'paths.' He,
who was always 'under way,' wanted to show others the
way too. First he wanted to show what had at various
times over the centuries been 'new' in music, meaning
that it had never been said before. From the laws that
resulted in the course of this, he would then reveal the
law governing the onward course of what was at present
The notion of "new" music is no longer new, in the sense
that every age and every composer composes something
"new." The qualifier then means various and varying
things, depending on who employs it.
On New Music
addresses "new" as well.
As one watches generations pass, "new" remains new,
while such closely-defined modifiers as "modern" become
dated when not tethered to general-use language. One
watches this in the development in arts of all kinds as
"new" becomes "old" and what is declared "subversive"
becomes "orthodoxy." Consider that
- that new old refrain.
This little rhyme is meant to caution all against that
sort of assertion which declares what "new" will be
decades after anything "new" anchored in a certain time
becomes de facto old. What is certain is that many
composers found their own "paths" to a "new" which, when
viewed across the passage of time, become "old."
There was a time I would have
There was a time I would have,
but that time is now well gone.
There was a place I might have,
yet now there's just a yawn.
There was a work I could have,
but from the well was never drawn.
There was a thought I should have,
yet said light will never dawn.
There was a time which now is gone
as sure as midnight follows dawn.
"A very few—as heroes,
patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men—serve
the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it
for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
The enemy is any me who would
resist the state,
In whole or part, by word and art, and full accept his fate.
The enemy is any me.
The enemy is any you, if you your conscience hear,
Each state's corrupt in some way and oft will rule with fear.
The enemy is any you.
The enemy is many when evil topples good,
And yet demands that it must rule as have men for evils stood.
The enemy is many.
Returning the favor
"The line is spoken by
Clytemnestra, the wife of Agamemnon and queen of Mycenae in ancient
Greek legend. Agamemnon was part of the Oresteia, a trilogy of
tragic dramas by the ancient Greek dramatist Aeschylus and was first
performed in 458 BCE. The play remains popular to this day and is
regularly performed and widely read. 'By the sword you did your
work, and by the sword you die.' Aeschylus's Agamemnon
(Translation by Robert Fagles)," In "Live by the sword, die by the
sword," Wikipedia article, n. d.
You'd tear down my favored god?
Why, I'll return the favor.
As you rage, I'll tear yours down
And, yes, your outrage savor.
The idols of idle ideologies
Shard shatter as they pass,
Cutting through their raging cries
With newly sharpened glass.
What abides, abides, you see,
While all that passes fades.
Renewal comes and comes again,
To breech all barricades.
Tear away, as one will,
For such is mankind's tale.
In due time you'll be torn down,
With sword and claw and flail.
Addendum of Repetition:
"A follower of Jesus draws his sword and cuts off the ear of a
servant of the high priest (though the follower's identity is left
unspecified in Matthew, the follower is identified in John as
Peter). Jesus then says to him: Converte gladium tuum in locum suum.
Omnes enim, qui acceperint gladium, gladio peribunt. ('Return
your sword to its place, for all who will take up the sword, will
die by the sword.')" Also in "Live by the sword, die
by the sword," Wikipedia article, n. d.
Addendum from the Beginning:
"Whoso sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for
in the image of God made he man." Genesis 9:6.
You're what you do
You're what you do,
Not what you say.
You're what you do
In every way.
What is done
Is done with that?
You're what you make,
Not what you plan.
All's what results,
Not other than....
Deeds tell all,
While words do not.
You're what you do;
That's all you've got.
Bernie got it wrong
"Bernie Sanders has charted
his own, highly unbeaten path in politics. A self-described
Socialist, Sander hasn’t just eschewed the familiar trappings of
capitalism – high-paid speaking gigs, investment partnerships, a
spouse on Wall Street, the corporate ladder. He runs in direct
opposition and hostility to them. 'The business model of Wall Street
is fraud,' he famously proclaimed in a debate. And yet, by dint of
his success as an anti-capitalist politician, Sanders has managed to
make a quite comfortable living. While Sanders wouldn’t describe
himself as rich, the scourge of the 1% has income that puts him in
the top 3.8% of American households, according to CNBC." In "How
Bernie Sanders, the Socialist, Quietly Entered the Top 4% of Earners,"
by Daniel Gross, 28 February 2016.
Some form of socialism
is socialism in some form,
And a market economy
is never socialism's norm.
Those who clutter up their terms
just like a defense attorney
Get the whole thing clearly wrong,
as did dear three-house Bernie.
Addendum of Correcting Words: "Speaking at
Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Danish PM Lars Løkke
Rasmussen told students that he had 'absolutely no wish to interfere
the presidential debate in the US' but nonetheless attempted to set
the record straight about his country. 'I know that some people
in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism.
Therefore I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from
a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,'
Rasmussen said. 'The Nordic model is an expanded welfare state which
provides a high level of security for its citizens, but it is also
a successful market economy with much freedom to pursue your
dreams and live your life as you wish,' he added." In "Danish PM
in US: Denmark is not socialist," TheLocal.dk, 1 November 2015.
Addendum of a Self-Described Socialist in 2017:
"A recent financial disclosure report shows the junior Vermont
senator made nearly $1.06 million in 2017. Most of his income —
$885,767 — came from advances and royalties, according to the report
filed in May." In "For second year, Sanders earns more than $1M,"
by Elizabeth Hewitt and Anne Galloway, VT Digger, 22 June 2018.
Consider a Time when
Bernie got it right
Advice for Not-so-evil Us
The lesser of two evils
remains evil, don't you see?
Choose one or choose the other; but choose so woefully.
The lesser of two evils focuses on only two,
So think of other options for not-so-evil you.
The lesser of two goods is good; the inverse does imply.
Why not broaden options, including good by and by?
Choose because you must; such is the nature of this life.
Choose wisely, or choose foolishly continuing the strife.
This advice is offered with hindsight clear to see,
And is offered in a rhyme for you and too for me.
steal, so why shouldn't I?
"...'socialized' or 'mass' crimes are spreading in
Mexico as entire communities empty freight trains of merchandise or
steal hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel from pipelines. 'The
logic of the people is that they see politicians and officials
stealing big time ... and they see themselves as having the same
right to steal as the big-time politicians,' said Edgardo
Buscaglia, an international crime expert and research fellow at
Columbia University. 'You begin to create an ethical code in which,
'If the upper-class people can steal and get away with it, we can
steal, too, with complete justification'." In "In Mexico, rising
'mass crime' defies security forces," by Associated Press, 26 June
Politicians steal, so why shouldn't I?
Thus rationalizes some little guy.
Each new boss is quite like the old,
And as they steal, they grow more bold.
Politicians serve up corruption and lies,
And learning too well are some little guys.
Examples teach as role models too,
As little folks learn from what bosses do.
Politicians steal, so why shouldn't you?
The questions do so well argue.
Each new boss seems quite like the old;
Until honesty breaks that stranglehold.
Consider how to
Use a kid for politics
- political optics' tricks
"Three men were believed to
have been eaten alive by the predators sometime between Sunday night
and Monday morning after they entered the Sibuya Game Reserve in
Kenton-on-Sea to hunt rhinos, Nick Fox, the park’s owner, told
Newsweek. After the incident, authorities recovered the remains of
their parts, three pairs of shoes, wire cutters, high-powered
hunting rifles fitted with silencers and a type of ax that is
commonly used by poachers to remove rhino horns. 'The only body part
we found was one skull and one bit of pelvis, everything else was
completely gone,' he said. 'There is so little left that they don’t
know exactly how many people were killed, we suspect three because
we found three sets of shoes and three sets of gloves.' Fox also
revealed that rhino poaching groups usually consist of three
people." In "Three Poachers Eaten By Lions After Breaking Into
Game Reserve To Hunt Rhinos," by Christina Zhao, 5 July 2018.
Gobble up hors d'oeuvres.
Nature freshly serves.
Tables can be turned.
Court is now adjourned.
Consider the plans of mere
- Happy Feet's a tasty treat
Hymn for Modernity's Latest
O worship your parts, all
O follow their lead, they'll tell you where to go;
They'll be there, they are you,
unless they're exchanged.
skill, all is then rearranged.
O tell of their might and sing of their grace,
Their politics' lies in their intimate embrace.
Their chariots are suits which charge
to the beat
movements which they then excrete.
These parts, with their storehouse of stories so bold,
Demand an allegiance that's oft oversold,
As nature and nurture are fit to be
intersections, postmodernly applied.
No offspring forth comes, infertile their plight
As unions' communion turns barren acolyte.
Their worshipful pose in religious
that essence they barely expose.
Frail children of dust abandon restraints,
As mixed genitalia become heroes and saints.
Tranced gender's pranced splendor
grows old as time's trend,
once adored, still wither in the end.
Conform to this world, conform to its parts,
Bending the knees while hardening the hearts.
God made you this way and God made
For both are
asserted; and both for heaven's sakes.
Addendum from Female to Feminism to Gay to Male:
"...Partridge looked for a university that would support him in his
pursuit of chaplaincy. Bryn Mawr College, an all-women’s college in
Pennsylvania, answered his calling. It was there that he discovered
that his feminism and his faith weren’t at odds. During Partridge’s
sophomore year at Bryn Mawr, he came out as gay, and in 2002,
post-graduation, he made the transition from a female to a male." In
"Openly Transgender Priest Speaks on Identity, Faith," by Zoe
Chester-Thompson, Boston College Heights, 5 October 2016.
[ 1 ]
Addendum of a Gay Jesus: "Roman Catholic
moral teaching of course can and does evolve. With regard to
transgender people it needs to listen to their experience, allow
this experience to dialogue with the best of the tradition, and let
this bring forth teaching that is both life-giving and Gospel
centered for transgender people. As a gay man who has had to
struggle with the positions taken by my church, I have always had a
passionate desire to build the kind of Church Pope Francis speaks
of: “May we become a church that knows how to open her arms and
welcome everybody… I have come to believe in a God who not only
crosses the boundaries of sexual orientation, but also those of
gender." In "Jesuit Priest Says God is Transgender," by Joseph
Sciambra Blog, n. .d
of Jesus as Feminine: "The point, she [ Katharine
Jefferts Schori ] says, is 'that in orthodox Christianity you don't
assign gender to God. 'Father' is simply a metaphor for a figure of
authority' - which doesn't make God a man, but makes it more
important that His feminine qualities - gentleness and nurturing -
be emphasised. The same goes for Jesus: regardless of his actual
sex, 'son of God' is a metaphor for an all-encompassing filial
relationship. Although it was men who first explored the
feminine qualities of the godhead - in the second century, Clement
of Alexandria was already speaking of 'the Father's loving breasts'
and 'the milk of the Father' - the best-known proponent of the idea
in the western church is the 14th- century female mystic Julian of
Norwich, whose formulation Dr Schori was using (a cliche so beloved
by theology students that Rowan Williams once sighed he wished she'd
never written it): 'And so Jesus is our true Mother in nature by
our first creation, and he is our true Mother in grace by his taking
our created nature'." In "Was Jesus a woman?" by Aida Edemariam,
Guardian UK, 23 June 2006.
Addendum - God made you like this: "It
is not the first time it has been suggested Francis has an open and
tolerant attitude toward homosexuality, despite the Catholic
church’s teaching that gay sex – and all sex outside of heterosexual
marriage – is a sin. In July 2013, in response to a reporter’s
question about the existence of an alleged 'gay lobby' within the
Vatican, Francis said: 'Who am I to judge?' The new remarks appear
to go much further in embracing homosexuality as a sexual
orientation that is designed and bestowed by God." In "Pope
Francis tells gay man: 'God made you like this'," by Stephanie
Kirschgaessner, Guardian UK, 20 May 2018.
[ 2 ]
Addendum - God made a mistake: He said, 'Mom, I'm
so mad at God, because God made a mistake. He made me a boy,
and I'm not a boy, I'm a girl, Mom. Every night I pray that God
gives me a girl body but when I wake up I'm still a boy. God won't
take back his mistake, he won't make it right,' Stephanie recalled."
In "Born With the Wrong Body," by Alan B. Goldberg, ABC News, 27
Addendum - God made you like this, again:
"...'We are excited for him to preach at the Cathedral,' said The
Very Rev. Gary Hall, the dean of Washington National Cathedral. In a
statement sent to The Huffington Post, he said: 'As an advocate both
within the Church and wider community, Cameron’s presence in the
pulpit, I hope, will also send a symbolic message in support of
greater equality for the transgender community, which suffers from
acts of violence, discrimination, unemployment, homelessness, and
financial inequality. We at Washington National Cathedral are
striving to send a message of love and affirmation, especially to
LGBT youth who suffer daily because of their gender identity or
sexual orientation. We want to proclaim to them as proudly and
unequivocally as we can: Your gender identity is good and your
sexual orientation is good because that’s the way that God made you'."
In "Rev. Cameron Partridge Will Be First Openly Transgender Priest
To Preach at Washington National Cathedral," by Yasmine Hafiz,
Huffington Post, 23 June 2014.
Addendum - God made a mistake again: "...Devina
knew. She tried speaking to his parents and told them, 'I think
God made a mistake.' To which Anil recalls responding, “We would do
what every parent did and said, 'No, God doesn’t make mistakes'."
In "The Moment Our Child Revealed She's Transgender: Devina
Keswani's Parents Say She Told Us, 'I Think God Made a Mistake'," by
Jennifer Heyde, People Magazine, 21 October 2015.
[ 3 ]
Addendum - God Not Make Mistakes:
"Trans Christians believe that just because something exists, does
not make it good. Creation is good, but God has not yet perfected
it. 'Creation itself will be liberated from its bondage and
decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that the whole earth has been groaning as in the pangs of
childbirth right up to the present time.' (Romans 8:21-22)
Christians are split over this matter into Calvinism (e.g.,
Lutherans, Baptists, and Presbyterians) and everyone else (e.g.,
Orthodox, Methodists, Anabaptists, Anglicans, Catholics). Calvinists
believe that everything that is, is brought by God. However, God
does not want us to be passive but to follow God's command which
involves fighting sin, natural disasters, and our fallen bodies.
Arminians and Christians prior to Calvin believe God is not the sole
actor but that sin interrupts God's will. These Christians believe
God calls on us to manifest God's will into the world. All
Christians agree that God desires good works in the face of
imperfection, not resignation to it or acceptance of it." In
"Objection: God Does Not Make Mistakes," TransChristians.org,
[ 4 ]
Addendum of the Imperial, Autonomous Self:
"...we see how the imperial, autonomous self gradually becomes the
imperious, authoritarian self. Tolerance becomes tyranny. Our
current Pope warns of ideological colonization. Pope John Paul II,
and Pope Benedict XVI warned of the 'tyranny of relativism' and
subjectivism. When we shift the locus of truth from the object
(reality) to the subject (the individual), 'truth' becomes about
power and who has more of it." In "What Ails Us? The Rise of the
Imperial, Autonomous Self," by Msgr. Charles Pope, Community in
Mission, 12 June 2018. [
Addendum of Growing Up After All: "Despite
the differences in country, culture, decade, and follow-up length
and method, all the studies have come to a remarkably similar
conclusion: Only very few trans- kids still want to transition by
the time they are adults. Instead, they generally turn out to be
regular gay or lesbian folks. The exact number varies by study, but
roughly 60–90% of trans- kids turn out no longer to be trans by
adulthood." In "Do trans- kids stay trans- when they grow up?"
by James M. Cantor, Sexology Today, 11 January 2016.
[ 6 ]
Addendum of Parts Not Mattering Too Much:
"While the most simple answer is that girls have vulvas and boys
have penises/testicles, that answer isn’t true for every boy and
girl. Boy, girl, man, and woman are words that describe gender
identity, and some people with the gender identities 'boy' or 'man'
have vulvas, and some with the gender identity 'girl' or 'woman'
have penises/testicles. Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a
girl. You can say that most girls have vulvas and most boys have
penises/testicles. You may want to emphasize that it doesn’t
matter too much what parts someone has — that doesn’t tell you much
about them. But you can make that decision based on your values
and how you plan to talk with your kid about gender as they grow
up." In "How do I talk with my preschooler about their body?"
Planned Parenthood, 2018.
[ 7 ]
of Changing Gender While Not: "...a doctor's
note to show the government he identifies as a woman, even though he
doesn't. 'It was pretty simple,' he said. 'I just basically asked
for it and told them that I identify as a woman, or I'd like to
identify as a woman, and he wrote me the letter I wanted.' Under
the rules in place at the time, Albertans needed to produce a
doctor's note to switch the gender marker on their personal
documents. In June, the government scrapped the doctor's note
requirement for adults, allowing them to declare their marker as M,
F or X, for those who don't fit into a strictly male or female
binary." In "Alberta man changes gender on government IDs for
cheaper car insurance," by Reid Southwick, Canadian
Broadcasting, 20 July 2018.
[ 1 ] It is written:
"In expressing his experience as self-identifying as
genderqueer and being a member of the Christian faith,
Partridge talked particularly about the complexity of
gender, and how it relates to the Christian pillars of
giving thanks for creation. Partridge emphasized that to
him, God’s creation is not static. He believes gender
is about embracing the process of coming into God’s
creation. Through coming into one’s identity, Partridge
emphasized that we should embrace our bodies as evolving
creations that can be changed or altered as we wish."
Altered as we wish.
In the case of being "altered as we wished," one reads:
"A whopping 41% of people who are transgender or
gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide sometime in
their lives, nearly nine times the national average,
according to a sweeping survey released three years
ago." In "Transgender study looks at 'exceptionally
high' suicide-attempt rate," by Emily Alpert Reyes,
Los Angeles Times, 28 January 2014.
The same statistic is repeated: "Suicide
attempts are alarmingly common among transgender
individuals such as Lampe; 41% try to kill themselves at
some point in their lives, compared with 4.6% of the
general public. The numbers come from a study by the
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the
Williams Institute, which analyzed results from the
National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Researchers
are preparing to launch another version of the online
survey on Wednesday." In "Transgender people face
alarmingly high risk of suicide," by Laura Ungar, USA
Today, 16 August 2015.
A general explanation and remedy is that bullying and
other forms of societal prejudice contribute to
"exceptionally high" suicide rates, such that acceptance
is the prescribed antidote. Yet "gender differences"
One considers, "Gender differences in suicide rates have
been shown to be significant. There are different rates
of completed suicides and suicidal behavior between
males and females. While women more often have suicidal
thoughts, men die by suicide more frequently. This is
also known as the gender paradox in suicide.
Globally, death by suicide occurred about 1.8 times more
often among males than among females in 2008, and 1.7
times in 2015. In the western world, males die by
suicide three to four times more often than do females."
In "Gender differences in suicide," Wikipedia article,
Thus transgendered individuals are not alone in suicide
statistics disparities. Wikipedia continues:
"Within the United States, there are variances in
gendered rates of suicide by ethnic group. According
to the CDC, as of 2013 the suicide rates of Whites and
American Indians are more than twice the rates of
African Americans and Hispanics. Explanations for why
rates of attempted and completed suicide vary by
ethnicity are often based on cultural differences."
While lack of societal
acceptance of transgender claims might contribute to
"exceptionally high" suicide rates, issues of simple
heterosexual identity -- male versus female -- and race
and culture all seem to play a part. Shall "society"
made up of individuals think only one way? Shall
differences not spark "stigma?" After all, as one
watches political disagreements alone, one side often
stigmatizes and bullies another. Ridding "society" of
such is not an achievable goal.
When men commit suicide at a higher rate than females,
as one example, then the "gender paradox" is observed
and yet unanswered. Has society made a mistake? Has God
made a mistake? Has religion made a mistake? Has
politics made a mistake?
Modernity's newest religion offers many assertions with
no acceptable answers. Perhaps transgenderism has made a
mistake? That will not be considered as long as one can
blame God, society, and more.
[ 2 ] It is interesting to note that an
assertion that God mistakenly assigned the wrong body to
an individual is not balanced with another possibility,
that God assigned the wrong thoughts to an individual.
If a human is both mind and body, then complaints about
the body can be balanced with complaints about the mind.
The new religion of modernity does not consider this,
because then there would be the possibility that
"altered as we wished" set the human before that human's
understanding of God.
If "a sexual orientation that is designed and bestowed
by God" is from God, then all sexual orientations can be
asserted to be so. In the same way, an odd
assertion is made: "Science doesn’t
change in order to support political opinions.
Scientific beliefs change as we gain new information,
and sometimes science tells us things that we would
rather not hear. Get used to it." In "Homosexuality &
Choice: Are Gay People 'Born This Way'?" by Marcia
Malory, Huffington Post, 23 October 2012.
Basically, "new information" suggests in terms of both
religious, scientific and philosophic thought that
we may be "altered as we wished." And so "We"
comes first, before that science that "doesn't change"
and that creation which either evidences God's mistakes.
[ 3 ] Many
such assertions may be found in the media. Another
example: "From the age of 3, Andrea Lynn
Schultz told her mother she felt like a boy. 'God made a
mistake,' she would say -- when she could articulate the
words. God made a mistake: she was supposed to be a
boy. It was a constant refrain." In "Actually Andy,
Part 1: A major announcement in teenager’s gender
journey / Gallery," by Karen Lee Ziner, Providence
Journal, 30 May 2018.
Assertions. There is a God. God makes mistakes. God
doesn't make mistakes. And again, God makes mistakes.
As it turns out, some transgender individuals make
mistake too. One reads: "A
transgender person who had a £10,000 sex change to
become a woman, but now wants to become a man again, has
criticised the NHS for not doing enough to make sure he
wanted the initial surgery. Matthew Attonley, 30, was
born a boy and seven years ago started surgery to become
a woman called Chelsea, but in the last six months he
has taken steps to return to being a man called Matthew.
He now wants the British health service to fund the
£14,000 reversal process because he claims they didn't
complete a rigorous enough mental evaluation before
allowing him to go through the initial process." In "
'There isn't enough NHS psychiatric evaluation': Says
the man who had £10,000 sex change to become a woman and
now wants it reversed," by Caroline McGuire and
Amanda Williams, Mail Online, 7 October 2014.
Objective Test Because Subjectivity Rules
Another article tells: "Research has found that
powerful psychological issues, such as anxiety disorder,
post-traumatic stress disorder or alcohol or drug
dependence often accompany gender dysphoria. A study
published in JAMA Pediatrics in March 2016 shows a high
prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses in a sample of 298
young transgender women aged 16 through 29. More than 40
percent had coexisting mental health or substance
dependence diagnoses. One in five had two or more
psychiatric diagnoses. The most commonly occurring
disorders were major depressive episodes and non-alcohol
psychoactive substance use dependence. Yet
transgender individuals are never required to undergo
any objective test to prove their gender dysphoria—because
no diagnostic objective test exists." In "What I
Wish I’d Known Before Undergoing Sex Reassignment
Surgery," by Walt Heyer, Newsweek, 18 June 2016.
Gender repair after transgender surgery is seen:
"Around five years ago, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic,
the world-leading genital reconstructive surgeon,
received a visit at his Belgrade clinic: a transgender
person who had undergone surgery at different clinic to
remove male genitalia - and since changed their mind.
That was the first time Prof Djordjevic had ever been
contacted to perform a so-called gender reassignment
'reversal' surgery. Over the next six months, another
six people also approached him, similarly wanting to
reverse their procedures. They came from countries all
over the western world, Britain included, united by an
acute sense of regret." In "Sex change regret: Gender
reversal surgery is on the rise, so why aren't we
talking about it?" by Joe Shute, Telegraph UK, 1
Focused that I Never Stopped to Think
A similar article states clearly: "I was so
focused on trying to change my gender, I never stopped
to think about what gender meant. Ultimately, I feel
hopeful for the future. I’ve seen that I have an immense
capacity to change and grow, even in very difficult
circumstances. That is who I am." In "Experience: I
regret transitioning," Anonymous as told to Moya
Sarner, Guardian UK, 3 February 2017.
A severe lack of understanding accompanied by political
cowardice is observed: "Whilst awareness of
non-binary issues has increased in recent years, gender
reassignment remains a severely under researched topic,
so much so that the NHS has produced an online
e-learning guide to GPs who might be unfamiliar with
gender dysphoria. The severe lack of understanding
surrounding the topic - and its reversal counterpart -
became particularly prevalent last week, when a proposed
study to explore why transsexual people may want to 'detransition'
was reportedly shut down by Bath Spa University so as
'not to offend people'. 'The fundamental reason
given was that it might cause criticism of the research
on social media and criticism of the research would be
criticism of the university and they also added it was
better not to offend people,' James Caspian, the
psychotherapist behind the proposed research, told BBC
Radio 4." In "Gender reversal surgery is more in-demand
than ever before," by Olivia Petter, Independent UK, 3
So did God make a mistake, and if so what was that
mistake? But did man make a mistake, and if so
what mistake is that?
to Control Urges and Actions Despite the Difficulties
It is more likely that people make mistakes, as one
reads of a parallel theme. "...some people are
unable to control these urges and actions, despite the
difficulties they may cause in their relationships,
finances and professional lives. Some people may also
have a dependency on sex and sexual activity to numb any
negative emotions and difficult experiences. This can
have a negative effect on the person's quality of life
and on those around them." In "Can you become
addicted to sex?" National Health Services, UK, Choices,
5 April 2018.
When issues surrounding sex and "gender identification"
arise, in part the idea that one may be "changed or
altered as we wish" becomes one of physiological as well
as psychological manifestations. To assert the physical
is wrong and the mind is correct is being alleged, while
not enough research has been done to do more than leave
these issues in the realm of disagreement and political
as well as financial demands on "society." Unable to
control "urges and actions" is said to be a marker of an
addiction. Did God create addiction? Does the individual
as an "imperial, autonomous self" create addiction? What
of the above-mentioned difficulties, dependencies,
numbness to emotions and difficult experiences? What of
ultimate negative effects on a "person's quality of life
and those around them?" All answered by surgical
procedures and drugs? What of regret?
Did God create regret when man has done something which
he then regrets? What we know from testimony above is
that some "never stopped to think" and "regret
[ 4 ] The
amusement of "Trans Christians" is not that they cite
Christian scripture, but rather that they cite it in
small part. As to the quote from Romans, the larger
quote in context reads: "For the creation was
subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him
who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself
also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we
know that the whole creation groans and labors with
birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we
also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we
ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting
for the adoption, the redemption of our body."
So is being "delivered" from the "bondage of corruption"
and into "liberty" a matter of genital surgery? Or does
the text refer to "creation" as reality as perceived by
humans? The Trans Christian per the above cited text
openly states :... just because something exists, does
not make it good." The argument from Christian
scripture is odd, and especially the citation from
of Those Who Practice Them
That book also states: "...God
gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women
exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations
with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.
Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received
in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to
retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a
depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be
done. They have become filled with every kind of
wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of
envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are
gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and
boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey
their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity,
no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous
decree that those who do such things deserve death,
they not only continue to do these very things but also
approve of those who practice them."
Thus by the measure of a Christian text, one might
critique the Trans Christian's argument from text which
is cited. Their conclusion seeks being "altered as we
wish." Body is highlighted as God has made a mistake or
does not make mistakes, and mind is dissociated into
that which wishes for a "creation" other than the
"creation" which God began as "corrupt" in order that
the god of "as we wished" may repair the corruption,
because God makes or does not make mistakes, and bodies
can be mistakes without considering that minds can be
mistakes, or conclude that new mistakes might be made.
For the Trans Christians state "creation is good, but
God has not yet perfected it." Mistake? Planned? Body in
error? Mind in error?
Brain and the Body Paradox
Fleshing out this, one reads: "In transgender
individuals, experts said, the brain appears to say they
are one sex while their body is the opposite. 'We
are talking about a subset of kids who are saying, 'I am
born in the wrong body. My body doesn't match my brain.
God made a mistake,' Edwards-Leeper said." In " 'I am a
girl': Transgender children face a society slow to
accept them," by Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 8
February 2014. But the "brain" is body, is it not?
Can a brain and its thoughts be the mistake?
A case in point about the narrative of separating mind
from body involves a criminal case in Australia. One
reads of an attacker using an axe and caught on video:
"She is facing trial in the NSW District Court, where
she has pleaded not guilty to six charges including two
counts of wounding with intent to murder. The court
previously heard Ms Amati cannot remember the incident.
She does not deny her body was there, but says her
mind was not." In "Alleged axe attacker heard voice
telling her to 'start the rise of hell on earth', court
hears," by Georgia Mitchell, Sydney Morning Herald, 19
Effect of a State of Mind
An earlier report by the same writer tells of "a defence
attorney in a brutal assault case who states of a
transwoman "...Ms Amati had a 'brilliant' mind but was
'out of her mind' on the morning of the attack. 'This is
a woman of super intelligence. Not an axe murderer, you
might think,' Mr Waterstreet said. He said Ms Amati,
who was born a man, began taking hormones in 2012 to
transition to a woman but the drugs had a significant
effect on her state of mind. He said Ms Amati's mental
state deteriorated in 2015, when she had surgery in
Thailand to complete her transition to a woman, and she
began to experience visions, hallucinations and suicidal
and homicidal ideation." In " 'I'm going to kill a
lot of people' wrote woman accused of axe attack; court
hears," by Georgia Mitchell, Sydney Morning Herald, 9
A mental state has "deteriorated." So did God make that
mistake? Did the transition treatments -- drugs and
surgery -- make a mistake? Were "visions" God
created? Mistakes? Was the urge to "transition" a
mistake, as the attorney defending a violent attacker in
court suggests? The argument that the brain and the body
are different entities seems unscientific, at the
[ 5 ] Truth becomes
subjective as the objective is withdrawn, discarded or
banished, and in reduced therefore to the exercise of
power. Yet reference is made to legal and political
Compulsion of the State
It has been argued that state coercion over beliefs
stands against liberty. One reads: "...matters,
involving the most intimate and personal choices a
person may make in a lifetime, choices central to
personal dignity and autonomy, are central to the
liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. At the
heart of liberty is the right to define one's own
concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and
of the mystery of human life. Beliefs about these
matters could not define the attributes of personhood
were they formed under compulsion of the State. [505
U.S. 833, 852]" In PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHEASTERN
PA. v. CASEY, (1992) No. 91-744, United States Supreme
Court, June 1992.
And yet in the worship of genitalia and individual
perceptions -- accurate or inaccurate -- about gender
and sex, one finds coercion appearing. As one
example: "In future data collection – including
the 2021 census – respondents will find a new question
on gender identity. Instead of just male or female,
respondents will be provided with a third option, which
they are asked to indicate how they identify. 'This is
really delightful news,' Susan Gapka, a longtime trans
advocate in Toronto, told the Guardian. Gapka and others
participated in consultations held by Statistics Canada
last year, in which they provided feedback to the
country’s statistical agency. 'I was pleased with the
discussions we had and it’s great to see they’re
following up on this strategy'." In "Canada to add
third gender option in government surveys," by
Leyland Cecco, Guardian UK, 14 May 2018.
Mandated by Law Creates Intolerance
Thus acceptance of "a third option" is mandated by law.
Other nations mandate more than three options, and
various gender activists argue for many more than three
options. Thus the "locus of truth" shifts, as the
Monsignor above notes. Individuality is mandated by law,
including intolerance for the individuals who will not
believe in the shifted "locus of truth" to that stance
in which "tolerance
Yet other media report Catholic thinking as if Christian
theology such as the Trans Christians above is united.
It is not, of course. One reads: "Speaking to
Spanish newspaper El País, Cruz said: 'He [the Pope]
told me, 'Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter.
'God made you like this and loves you like this and I
don’t care'." In "Pope Francis tells gay man 'God
made you like this and loves you like this'," by Sodfia
Petkar, Sun UK, 21 May 2018. Thus one "God" made
humans and another "God" made humans to opt for being
'altered as we wish."
As a result of these competing strains of thought
focusing on physical genitalia, wanted and unwanted
alike, more than on mental concepts of physical
genitalia, one finds overt statements of "rights" in
which some human rights are more right than other human
Down Sources of Division, Rancor and Bitterness?
One reads from the UK: "Bercow said: 'In terms of
trying to heal the wounds of the nation fractured on
other fronts, surely we want to close down sources of
division, of rancour and of bitterness, and find bases
on which to unite. Gay rights, lesbian rights, bi
rights and trans rights are not gay rights, lesbian
rights, bi rights or trans rights, they are human
rights, and that seems to me to be the inescapable
conclusion of any serious consideration of these matters.'
He added: 'I respect people’s rights to adhere to and
profess their faith, but for me, where there is a
clash between somebody’s adherence to faith on the one
hand and the acknowledgement of and demonstration of
respect for human rights, the latter has to trump the
former'." In "Speaker John Bercow: LGBT rights 'must
trump' religious freedom," by Nick Duffy, Pink News, 5
Thus, rights for some become also "altered as we
wished." Some rights "trump" other rights, creating a
hierarchy of rights, according to some. If some human
rights are more right than others, one requires the
state to mandate intolerance for some and tolerance for
others. Or, for some, expressions of freedom of religion
become subjugated to the greater rights as asserted. All
for the purpose, as above, of closing down "sources of
division, of rancour and bitterness." Division, rancor
and bitterness will be the predicable result as utopian
ideals require that those who will rule subjugate those
who refuse to be ruled..
One finds a parallel quite like unto Orwell's now-famous
"All Animals are equal. But some animals are more equal
The confusions -- or at least of a creation which is not
as yet "perfected" -- accelerate. One reads:
"TransDykes are an offshoot of Antifa whose focus is on
suppressing the speech of women, mainly lesbians.
They participate in regular Antifa flashmobs, sometimes
in pastel uniform (“Pastel Bloc”) but also target
Women’s Rights events, and Lesbian spaces. TransDykes
are heterosexual men who identify as transwomen.
They consider Lesbianism a form of fascism because
female homosexuality excludes male-bodied persons. But
any woman who publicly acknowledges the existence of
biologically female human beings is their enemy,
especially Feminists, who want to abolish, not
celebrate, the sex stereotypes that transwomen identify
with." In "TransDykes: The Anti-Lesbian Antifa,"
Gender Trender, 27 June 2018.
In the public celebration of such diversity in gender,
one reads additionally: "The San Francisco Public
Library unveiled an exhibit this week featuring blood
stained t-shirts encouraging patrons to 'punch'
feminists, along with several installations of deadly
weapons painted pink: baseball bats covered in barbed
wire, axes, among others, all designed by men to kill
feminist women. The male creators of the exhibit also
included a helpful manifesto, blaming lesbians,
feminists and other uppity women for causing more deaths
(by 'harassing' men with their dastardly opinions!) than
all the actual real murders committed by violent men."
In "San Francisco Public Library hosts transgender “art
exhibit” featuring weapons intended to kill feminists"
Gender Trender, 27 April 2018.
From census forms created
and required by law to violent threat and actions by
"individuals" and even movements, issues of gender are
not answered in any constructive and unified manner, as
the "trance" gender enthusiasts claim to speak for God,
themselves and others, all the while complaining about
God and those who reject their assertions.
Some theology then tries for a next step "...to utilize
expansive language for God from the rich sources of
feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God
found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to
avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God." In
"Resolution #3 – On the Gendered Language for God,"
Episcopal Diocese of Washington, 27 January 2018.
In the spirit of such sanctimony, a parody on Robert
Grant's (1779-1838) hymn text was suggested: "O
worship your parts, all glorious below, /O follow
their lead, they'll tell you where to go; / They'll be
there, they are you, unless they're exchanged. / With
surgical skill, all is then rearranged."
God's Mistake or Making a Godly Mistake
So God made a "mistake" with a minister: "...Last
fall Dr. Anderson shared with the Governing Board that
she is transgender and in the process of transitioning.
This sabbatical will afford Dr. Anderson the opportunity
to do that free of the day to day operations of the
council. During the sabbatical Dr. Anderson will be
changing her name from Donald to Donnie. The council
is appreciative of Dr. Anderson’s ministry and totally
supportive of her transition." In "Important Message
from RISCC President Chontell Washington," by Chontell
Washington, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, 11
God made mistakes. Or God makes no mistakes. You choose.
It's all about truth. Or not. Did Anderson's God make a
mistake to be corrected by "transitioning?" Will the
transition be regretted at some future time?
There is a singular certainty in all this. People make
mistakes. Repeatedly. Regretfully. Angrily.
Such has been the tower of Babel which through the
political and highly secular state has followed
-- bedding, treading, sledding.
[ 6 ] That the
"worship" of genitalia is seemingly pervasive in modern
culture is a matter of media, not statistical fact.
Activist politics seems to trump factual research, to
the point of quashing some. One reads: "The
National Post recently covered the CBC’s cancellation of
a BBC documentary about transgender children (Why CBC
cancelled a BBC documentary that activists claimed was 'transphobic').
In that coverage, the Post shared claims made by some
activists criticizing some scientific studies, but did
not apparently fact-check those claims, so I thought
I would outline the studies here. For reference, in a
previous post, I listed the results of every study that
ever followed up transgender kids to see how they felt
in adulthood (Do trans- kids stay trans- when they grow
up?). There are 12 such studies in all, and they all
came to the very same conclusion: The majority of kids
cease to feel transgender when they get older." In
"How many transgender kids grow up to stay trans?" by
James M. Cantor, PsyPost, 30 December 2017.
Between Confusions ?
As the above sampling of various views on this
postmodern conundrum filled with political activism, one
finds confusion layered on confusion , as some
"feminists" -- condemned by other feminists -- act to
exclude transwomen, a word rather newly minted in the
continuing explosion of nouns and pronouns and
adjectives designed to muddy discussion about sex, and
of course God's role as a maker of mistakes. The
clucking is loud as one watches the
- a eunuch's cluck.
But what is certain physiologically is that transgender
treatments through to surgery results in infertility.
Thus the barren end to all the activism, as simple
demographics defines the result. A eunuch's cluck, and,
as above, sometimes significant later regret are known
outcomes from this postmodern enthusiasm for multiplying
"gender" beyond the concept of sex.
One may also observe that males who become surgically
transwomen face intimacy issues as they seek some sort
of potential sexual liaison, whether temporary ot more
permanent. Those males who would reject such are being
referred to by some with a new pejorative -- transphobic.
New Accusation Against Heteronormative Men --
As an example, one reads: " 'If you have a trans
woman who transitions very early on, she may be
physically identical to a cis woman at a surface level.'
A 'cis woman' or 'cisgendered' person is someone whose
gender identity matches the one they were born with.
'There are hormonal sweet spots where trans women can
transition and be effectively indistinguishable at a
certain level from cisgender women,' Dr Timmins says. 'So
being unwilling to date on the basis of someone being
trans, rather than on the basis of individual stimuli is
something I would personally call transphobic. This is a
philosophical rather than empirical discussion because
their is not a lot of nuanced research into this area
yet. Grouping all transgender women as the same and all
cis gender women as the same is effectively prejudice,'
Dr Timmins says." In "India Willoughby: Is it
discriminatory to refuse to date a trans woman?" by
Jonathan Griffin, BBC, 12 January 2018.
So one finds demands to answer the "mistake" of "being
born in the wrong body" now being joined by accusations
when those who would reject the outcome of chemical and
surgical "transition" to be transgendered in terms of
rejecting becoming intimately involved are now also
"mistaken?" Transphobic? Perhaps the mistakes by God or
nature or human beings are all to be alleged, while
there can be no "mistake" in the desire for and
completion of transgendered wishes? And yet some
transgendered then request a reversal?
In the bargain, God, a useful concept to those who
ascribe to it, becomes "mistaken." Oddly, the proven
regret -- a reaction to a mistake from the perspective
of hindsight for some -- is not assigned to transgender
activists. How odd.
the Concepts of Gender Identity and Transgenderism
As to "god" as various will use the word, one reads:
"The Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft (PCMW) explicitly
states on its site that trans people are not welcome in
its organisation. It appears to have taken advantage of
the Trump administration's emphasis on religious liberty
over minority rights, as shown by the establishment of a
'religious freedom task force'. ...On its site, the
church is described as “'a congregation of adherents to
our female born, lesbian-feminist-based religions
beliefs and traditions.' The explanation adds that
'males are not permitted to participate, regardless of
how they identify. We expressly reject the concepts of
gender identity, transgenderism, and gender as being
meaningful to defining what a Woman or Girl is'." In
"A church of anti-transgender witches has been
recognised by the US Government," by Josh Jackman, Pink
News, 9 August 2018.
The "rejection" of "concepts of gender identity" is
widespread, as one's preferred definition is not
another's. Asking law and government to step in an
define a word becomes yet another political mess, as may
be seen in the fascinating travails of
-- bedding, treading, sledding.
That political mess widens further as one considers that
is this seemingly modern world, it's
Queer, don't you think?
[ 7 ] Under the heading
of "odd," one revisits the above cited Planned
Parenthood assertion that "it doesn’t matter too much
what parts someone has — that doesn’t tell you much
Were this a
sensible statement, then assertions made in other
addenda above that either "God made a mistake" or God
doesn't make mistakes as some seek chemical and surgical
pathways to a different set of genitalia, the assertions
that "gender" being a nomenclature for other than
body parts' identification should not "tell you much
about" those seeking such transgender avenues.
What then to make of the first part of the Planned
Parenthood assertion, that "it doesn't matter too much
what parts someone has?" Given that those seeking
chemical and surgical change from one set of genitalia
to another, it is also odd that this "matters" when we
are told in parallel that "it doesn't matter too much."
Yet Very Binary
Moreover, the utter and binary assertion swings between
two "parts" identifications, male and female genitalia.
Nowhere in this postmodern rush for chemical and
surgical alteration does one find a "trans" wishing to
transition to a third option, beyond the mimicking of
male or female genitalia fashioned from their binary
Moreover, some reports tell of those who have undergone
transgender procedures seeking reversals of those
procedures at a later time, suggesting that some
"mistake" in the transgender zeal or target are
mistakes. Odd couples with odd, so where in then God in
all this? Did God make a mistake in creating
transgender urges? Did natural selection make a mistake
in creating transgender urges? Either way, something
seems odd. Perhaps it can be termed "hormonal regret."
Odd Case of Hormonal Regret
One reads: "Charles Kane, who identified
as Sam Hashimi after male-to-female reassignment
surgery, opted to become a man again after experiencing
'hormonal regret.' In the BBC documentary One Life:
Make Me a Man Again, Kane explained he originally wanted
to become a woman after a nervous breakdown. 'When I was
in the psychiatric hospital, there was a man on one side
of me who thought he was King George and another guy on
the other side who thought he was Jesus Christ. I
decided I was Sam,' Kane said. Postsurgery, Kane
believed his female identity would never be liked or
accepted as a real woman. He also blamed the influence
of female hormones as responsible for making him seek
the surgery. 'I don’t think there’s anyone born
transsexual. Areas of their human brain get altered by
female hormones,' Kane told Nightline." In
"Transgender Surgery: Regret Rates Highest in
Male-to-Female Reassignment Operations," by Lizette
Borreli, Newsweek, 10 March 2017.
Kane was judged guilty and convicted.
Transgender Coming to Believe Being Transgender Is Oddly
In a similar vein:
"It's not simply a case of people regretting their
decision, explains James Morton, manager at the Scottish
Trans Alliance, who told The Independent that a range
of factors could catalyse the desire for a gender
reversal including unusual surgical complications, being
worn down by transphobic harassment, family rejection,
or developing religious or political beliefs that being
transgender is unacceptable. 'If a person has regret
about undergoing gender reassignment, it is especially
important that they receive counselling and in-depth
assessment before undergoing any surgery to attempt
partial reversal as their chance of regretting further
surgery could be even higher,' he said." In "Gender
reversal surgery is more in-demand than ever before," by
Olivia Petter, Independent UK, 3 October 2017.
It is odd to comingle the assertion that some "hormonal
regret" and some "range of factors" drives the
transgendered through chemical and surgical procedures
and then through them again, when, as above, Planned
Parenthood has asserted "it doesn’t matter too much
what parts someone has — that doesn’t tell you much
Parts Don't Matter Too Much and Parts Matter Critically
The assertion that "what parts someone has" is both not
very important and so important as to demand
complicated, expensive procedures to change "what parts
someone has" is a conundrum for this age. This seems all
the more a valid observation, given that urges to reject
one's body parts in favor of some mimicked opposite
binary parts is the narrative, while what is lacking is
that historical character from many cultures of the
eunuch -- the odd individual who has had parts removed
and none replaced with other, opposite parts.
Transitioning between genitalia has been the tale, not
the removal of offending parts.
One may take comfort that Planned Parenthood and others
assure the world "it doesn't matter too much" because
genitalia "doesn't tell you much about" us. And yet, the
rhyme above suggests this constellation of individual
stories and contradictory assertions may be reduced down
to the worship of those parts, so important and so
unimportant at the same time.
What is critical is what is deadly. One reads:
"Transgender adolescents are far more likely to
attempt suicide than teens whose identity matches their
sex assigned at birth, and trans male youth are
especially at risk, a U.S. study suggests. Roughly
half of transgender teens who identify as male but were
assigned a female gender at birth have attempted suicide
at least once, the study found. And 42 percent of
adolescents who don’t identify exclusively as male or
female have at least one prior suicide attempt. About 30
percent of trans female teens — who identify as female
but have birth certificates that label them as male —
have tried suicide at least once, as have 28 percent of
adolescents who are questioning their gender identity,
the study also found." In "Half of transgender male
teens have attempted suicide, study finds," Reuters,
13 September 2018.
Revisiting the quote from the first footnote, one
re-reads: "Through coming into one’s identity,
Partridge emphasized that we should embrace our
bodies as evolving creations that can be changed or
altered as we wish."
Apparently not for the above teens who have attempted
suicide. God makes mistakes? Arguably not, or God is not
God. Man make mistakes? Without a doubt, and
demonstrable across history and the whole range of human
life. Including transgenderism.
we cannot discuss - What's all the fuss?
If we cannot discuss,
then discussion's out;
If we cannot agree,
we can only shout.
Without discussion comes ideas'
If we cannot debate,
the debate is closed;
If we cannot learn,
Without debate, society's bulldozed.
If we refuse correction,
mistakes will rule;
If mistakes rule,
each who leads is a fool.
Without correction, man grows more
If I were a ewe,
I'd be a sheep
of an oh so ladylike sort.
If I were me,
I'd be a ram
and with some ewe consort.
If I were not
Like these two,
I'd argue for another port.
If I did that,
The flock falls flat
and tomorrow's tally's short.
If I'd distort
This tale's' import,
herd is culled in the final court.
One didn't because he
One did because he could.
Such explains disparity
In equality's neighborhood.
One acted irresponsibly;
One lived responsibly bright.
So obvious is disparity seen
In equality's unequal light.
One labored in quiet dignity;
One labored hardly at all.
Such is a clear distinction
Which births equality's fall.
One chose all too falsely;
One chose with better aims.
So breeds mankind's disparity
Which blind equality blames.