Recovering Friendship

The decline in the size of families–from 3.5 to 2 children in 50 years–has also meant fewer cousins, fewer children in neighborhoods, and fewer relationships in general.  That means, according to Ted C. Fishman, that we need to recover friendships, which are also in decline, even though having friends is important on all kinds of scales of well-being.

I would throw in that part of the problem may be the way friendship, which is often a same-sex relationship, has been sexualized by the homosexual movement.  So called “queer theorists” in academia are interpreting virtually every close friendship on the part of historical figures is evidence that they are gay.  And the counseling and support groups in schools often encourage young people who have the intense friendships often characteristic of adolescence to think they must be gay.   But one of the most beneficial qualities of friendship, according to the classic authors, is that it is a close personal relationship that specifically is not sexual.

In fact, some Christians are seeking to channel gay feelings into non-sexual friendships.  See, for example, this and this.  Wesley Hill has written a book on the subject, Spiritual Friendship. [Read more...]

If transgender, why not transracial?

We are told that personal identity is different from physical being, that some individuals feel like women, even though they have a male body.  But we should treat them according to the way they “self-identify,” rather than according to their physical makeup.  This way of thinking is being applied to sex and gender.

But another physical condition is race.  What if someone feels black, even though he or she is white?  By the same logic, shouldn’t that person be considered black?  This is occasioned by the revelation that Rachel Dolezal, the head of NAACP in Spokane and a long-time black activist is, in fact, Caucasian.  Shouldn’t she be considered black, if that is the way she self-identifies?  Isn’t she, in fact, transracial?  And, if so, shouldn’t we let black people self-identify as white?  Maybe we could all agree to self-identify as a single race–say, Native American–so as to eliminate our racial problems.

This is the argument Carl Trueman and others are making, and it seems pretty unassailable, once one accepts the logic of transgenderism.  Can you think of any other applications?  Read about the case of Rachel Dolezal after the jump. [Read more...]

Transgenderism vs. Feminism

The arguments for transgenderism contradict the arguments for feminism. So claims Joseph Backholm, who concludes that the real issue is “declaring independence from a fixed reality.” [Read more...]

How to be happy?

Happiness is not all it’s cracked up to be.  And happiness is not the test of faith or a sign of being right with God.  Having said that, it’s interesting that the Mayo Clinic has completed a big study of human happiness.  See some details after the jump. [Read more...]

Psychology studies too reliant on college students

The field of experimental psychology operates mostly in research universities.  So their test subjects tend to be 20-something-undergraduates volunteering for research projects to get extra credit.  That is not the world’s most representative population.  (I volunteered for some of those experiments myself, and I remember how seriously I took them, which was not very.)  A few years ago, the profession began to realize that this bias can skew research findings. [Read more...]

The “Transabled”: people who want to be disabled

Transgendered individuals feel that they were born in the wrong body.  There are also people who feel uncomfortable with their fully functioning bodies and feel that they should be disabled.  They sometimes stage accidents to cut off their own legs or blind themselves.  Some use leg braces and wheel chairs even though they don’t need to.

Now, in light of the transgendered sensitivity, there are those who are advocating for the rights of the “transabled,” saying it is not a mental illness, just another manifestation of “body diversity” and that doctors should provide operations such as  amputations just like any other cosmetic surgery. [Read more...]