Skip to comments.I am what I feel: the new definition of identity
Posted on 06/18/2014 9:44:40 AM PDT by wagglebee
Ask a group of people today—especially high school and college students—what makes them them, and you’ll likely get as many responses as respondents. They may say, “I am what my genes make me,” or maybe “I am what I experience,” or “I am what I choose.”
And soon, you’ll notice two distinct themes emerging. They’re the answers our culture increasingly gives to the question of sexual identity—as if that’s all there is to identity. And, ironically, they contradict each other.
We hear the first one all the time from advocates of so-called same-sex “marriage”: “I was born this way,” or to quote rap artist Macklemore, “I can’t change even if I tried.” We’re all familiar with the argument by now: homosexual attraction is an innate characteristic—maybe genetic. Therefore, denying same-sex attracted individuals the “right” to get married is the same as racism.
But an alternate narrative has appeared on the horizon, and by “horizon,” I mean the cover of a recent TIME Magazine issue, where it’s used to promote the “T” in the acronym “LGBT.” The “T,” of course, stands for “transgender,”—those who say their biological sex and their perceived gender don’t match. The mantra here goes, “I was born this way, but I want to change. In fact, I have a right to change.”
So we’re told that the biology of the “L,” the “G,” and the “B” can’t change. But when it comes to “T,” the biology doesn’t matter.
The new narrative about human identity is emerging. Instead of “I am my biology,” or “I am what I choose,” our culture has landed on, “I am what I feel.”
Confused? Well, you’re not alone. But believe it or not, there’s a whole history to this. All the way back in 1989 a book called “After the Ball” was published by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, who laid out their proposal to—as the subtitle said—help America “Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s.” In their book (which they openly called “propaganda”), Kirk and Madsen encouraged activists to use the “born this way” argument even though they knew it wasn’t exactly true, but in order to paint same-sex attracted individuals as being victims of nature.
“The public should be persuaded that gays are victims of circumstance,” Kirk and Madsen wrote, “for all practical purposes, gays should be considered to have been ‘born gay’—even though sexual orientation, for most humans, seems to be the product of a complex interaction between innate predispositions and environmental factors…”
Say what? After the endless repetition of the “born this way” argument, you wouldn’t think there’s anything at all “complex” about sexual orientation. But now that “gay marriage” is considered a done deal, the story is changing—and it’s changing fast.
Suddenly, sexual orientation is a choice again. Writing at The Huffington Post, Tracy Baim tells us “I do know some women and men who identify as gay or lesbian who have changed back and forth in their identity,” she says, “and sometimes [they] identify as bisexual. Why should it matter what we call ourselves?”
Writing in Slate, Michael Carey admits that “the ‘born this way’ argument has been politically useful, but the moral argument for acceptance of gay relationships doesn’t require it.”
Out of all of this, the new narrative about human identity is emerging. Instead of “I am my biology,” or “I am what I choose,” our culture has landed on, “I am what I feel.” And someone’s feelings must not be challenged.
This answer to the question of identity untethers us from biological, social, and biblical realities, and replaces them with a despotism of the subjective. In effect, we now are our feelings.
Jesus had an analogy for what happens when we build on unstable ground like our feelings. Christians should take note of how a false story re-shaped millions of imaginations. And in my upcoming book on same-sex “marriage” written with Sean McDowell, we document this history. And we talk about how Christians can engage this brave new culture we now live in. Come to BreakPoint.org to learn how to pre-order the book.
And finally Christian, we need to be ready to receive and love those that are burned out by the lie that feelings define them, and offer them their true identity given to them by the One who never changes.
Reprinted with permission from Breakpoint.org.
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I feel like a non-profit today. I think I’ll stop paying taxes.
You are whatever you feel. Today Joe feels he is a refrigerator. Yesterday, he was a chicken salad. Tomorrow, he will be a Democrat.
Everyone should claim to be a black female lesbian. Let the government pull out their skin-tone charts and lip calipers like the good nazis they are to prove otherwise.
Transgender is so last decade. I am going trans-species. I think I am a canine, a dog in other words. So I demand the Government acknowledge this and allow my my rights. What rights are those you ask? The right to urinate in public. The right to sniff others especially women. The right to lick my own —— well you get the point. This whole business is silly stupid, wrong, evil and will lead to nothing but the destruction of civilized society..........
I remember a former second level manager of mine gave me an example of how people can see things differently and it doesn’t mean someone has to be wrong.
To be clear, I was working with a couple of women that were the most opinionated - and wrong about it - people I ever met. I tried to politely push back and they complained two levels up that I had to “always be right”. It was actually pretty comical in the end, but that is another story. And FWIW, one of my forte’s in the cubicle farm is that I get along with everybody.
That clarification aside...
He asked me what I’d do if I was walking down the street and saw a snake on the sidewalk. I said, “I dunno, Maybe walk around it.” He added “or if it seemed poisonous, maybe call animal control?” I said that I agreed.
He then said, ok, what if another person sees it and they see a rope? What would they do? I said, “I dunno. Maybe pick it up and throw it in the trash.”
He said, “Do you see how two people can see the same thing but see it differently?” I said, “Yeah, but if it is a rattle snake the guy that thinks it’s a rope is gonna get bitten.”
He didn’t know how to respond.
This is what arguing with liberals is like on the internet, except the annonymity allows them to easily respond with their MO - Ad hominem.
For the longest time we were told to accept our bodies as they are. Don’t feel shame due to not being skinny or tall.
If you don’t like having a penis, cut it off.
We’re messing up the psyche of all Americans. Islamicists have an inverted morality and the lefties have no morality and normal Americans are caught in between.
How can you fully utilize your rights, if you’ve no money.
I propose we subsidize your lifestyle so you can live the American dream and have all of your God given rights to act like a dog.
My Ex defines you by her (mis-)diagnosis of you.
Hubby’s mantra is “You’re only as old as the woman you feel.”
“I feel like a hundred dollars.”- Ty Webb from the movie Caddyshack.
Still a lot of crazy in those eyes no matter what side of the gender coin turns up that day.
What if I am only feeling one woman, do I age with her?
It’s a problem that age can help cure. Wait until “Peggy Sue” feels that first prostate flareup. Some bad knews fer ya, bud - you’re a guy. Wish that one away.
I don’t know about you, but! I FEEL that I would like to smack the FEELINGS out of some of these idiot tools!