Collected Poetry

VOLUME FOURTEEN  

 

Original materials - Copyright © 2018  by Gary Bachlund    All international rights reserved

 

"If I decide to be an idiot, then I’ll be an idiot on my own accord." Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

 

Music chose me

Music chose me long before
            I knew I had to know;
Looking back through several score,
            With staff in hand I go,
Undreamt lands to explore,
            Towards horizons' distant glow.
Music chose me, furthermore,
            And for this much I owe,
                        Until in time I am no more.


 

 The 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!

See:  Der Kaiser von China - (2018)  


 

Golden goose

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.


 

Civilized - rhymed paraphrase of Christian Morgenstern

A fish wrote recently in the gazette:
    ›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.

 See:    Zivilisatorisches - (2018)  


 

Bad advice - so seeming nice

Pick the fruit of the poisoned tree
            and bring it towards one's lips.
Ladle a cup from the poisoned well,
            and ponder as one sips.
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,
            poisons which the wise one skips.


 

The Horde of Rats - paraphrase of Heinrich Heine

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.

See:    Die Wanderratten - (2018)  


 

Musical chairs

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 bones,
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 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.

Prepare, skylark,

                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
            while gardening that day,
            a soldier from so long ago
            and a time now far away.

Encased in crusty earth
            I almost did not see,
            yet something inner beamed
            out a far-flung memory.

Time had done its leveled best
            and earth too did its part
            until this resurrection tore
            blinding time apart.

Encrusted dirt full fell away
            as digger hands had worked
            to reacquaint the digger
            with that which therein lurked.

The toy is real in memory,
            its finding lifts the spell,
            as did its resurrection,
            as these small words do tell.


 

David slew Goliath

David slew Goliath, for so that story went,
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.


 

Evil lies hidden - until the time it's bidden

Evil lies hidden,
            oft wrapped in a cloak of good,
            like wolves lie in sheep's clothing,
            as what is evil really should.
Evil lies hidden,
            thereby camouflaged some way,
            for if it were too easily seen
            it might scare off its prey.
Evil lies hidden,
            for exposure burns severe,
            while hiding in contrivances
            allows it to draw near.
Evil lies hidden,
            fathering its lies,
            and when 'tis said it doesn't,
            it's nearer to its prize.
Evil lie hidden,
            with snares wide-jawed for man,
            to catch the unawares
            as was and remains its plan.
Evil lies hidden,
            until the veil is ripped away,
            whereon it rages
            in the 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, September 2015.

 

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.
Pathologically sage,
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.

 

    Critical theory me must coddle,

    Social justice, make me waddle,

    Teach me only protective twaddle,

    Such is the latest model.


 

Reality

Reality is what reality is,
            and rarely accepts your change;
            what one might and what one can
            lie in its narrow range.
Evidence to the contrary
            is a mean and nasty thing;
            those who won't believe it
            will share its nasty sting.
Reality is what reality is.


 

Game

With my all-encompassing epithets,
    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 Edition).   [ 1 ]

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 Hector Bullhorn .

         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 .


 

Moving Day

"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.
But when 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 normally dosed?
Last night rang out the old year,
    This morning brings the new,
        And oh my goodness gracious
            It's awakened in a stew.


 

Original Sin

"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." Ecclesiastes 1:9.

No such thing as original sin,
            'Cause it's all been done before.
No such thing, since all has been
            Ever since those days of yore.
No such thing and nothing new
            Under the blazing sun,
'Cause lots of stuff is called a sin,
            The truly worst and the jolliest fun.
Theologians all can tilt at this,
            But let's consider the score:
No such thing as original sin,
            'Cause it's all been done before.


 

Tonality died, so was it declared

"...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 July 2016.

 

 Addendum 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)

 

NOTES

 

[ 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 new."

          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 anythingis - 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.


 

Enemy

"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.
Good intentions
                                        Falling flat?
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.


 

Politicians 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 2018.

 

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


 

Large kitties

"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.

 

Large kitties,
Toothed kitties,
    Gobble up hors d'oeuvres.
Full kitties,
Pride's kitties
    Nature freshly serves.

Which hunters
Hunt hunters?
    Tables can be turned.
Some hunters
Hunt hunters,
    Court is now adjourned.

Consider the plans of mere mortals:   Happy Ending - Happy Feet's a tasty treat


 

Hymn for Modernity's Latest Religion

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.

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
            Of radical 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 tied
            In knots' intersections, postmodernly applied.

No offspring forth comes, infertile their plight
    As unions' communion turns barren acolyte.
        Their worshipful pose in religious tableaux
            Distills of 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,
            As parts, 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 some mistakes,
            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

 

 Addendum 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 July 2008.
 

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, n. d.    [ 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.   [ 5 ]

 

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 ]

 

 Addendum 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.

 

 NOTES

 

[ 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.

 

 What is Exceptional

 

          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" explain poorly.    

 

 The Gender Paradox

      

          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, n. d.

          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.

 

 What Changes?

 

          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. Or doesn't.

 

[ 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.

 

 Reversal After Change

 

          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.

 

 No 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 October 2017.

 

 So 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 October 2017.

          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?

 

 Unable 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 transitioning."

 

[ 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 Romans.

 

 Approving 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?

 

 The 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 July 2018.

 

 Significant 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 July 2018.

          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 minimum.

 

[ 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 perspectives.

 

 Under 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.

 

 Tolerance 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 becomes tyranny."

          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 rights.

 

 Closing 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 July 2018.

          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 than others."

 

 Towards Perfection?

 

          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.

 

 A Helpful Manifesto?

 

          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."

 

 Repairing 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 May 2018.

          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 modernity into Wedding Shredding -- 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.

 

 Competition 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 Hen Party - 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.

 

 The New Accusation Against Heteronormative Men -- Transphobia

 

           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.

 

 Rejecting 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 Wedding Shredding -- 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 about them." 

 

 Odd

 

          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."

 

 Odd, 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 opposite.

          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."

 

 The 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.

 

 The Transgender Coming to Believe Being Transgender Is Oddly Unacceptable

 
          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 about them."

 

 Oddly, 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.

          How odd.

 

 Death Matters Critically

 

          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.


 

If 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' drought.

If we cannot debate,
                    the debate is closed;
If we cannot learn,
                    stupidity's imposed.
        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 cruel.


 

Demographical Husbandry

 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,
                                        the herd is culled in the final court.


 

Blind equality

One didn't because he couldn't;
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.