The spiritual problem of boredom

Boredom has been called the spiritual problem of our age.  Why is it a spiritual problem?  The old theologians called it acedia,”a state of listlessness or torpor, of not caring or not being concerned with one’s position or condition in the world. . . .The best-known of the psychological signs of acedia is tedium, boredom or general laziness.”  It is a rejection of life and of existence and can lead to despair.  (Read the Wikipedia article.)

This used to be rare, but it is now commonplace.  An article in the London Guardian attempts to explain why.  It says that our main problem today is hyperstimulation, that all of our entertainment media require ever-more stimulation, and that when we aren’t being hyperstimulated, as by normal life, we get bored.  This is so debilitating that we now have the attention span, on average, of a goldfish (about 8 seconds).  Read the excerpt and follow the link after the jump, unless you are too bored. [Read more…]

4 year-olds asked to choose their gender

A city in England has sent a letter to parents of children just starting school asking the four-year-olds to “choose” their gender.   Parents were then instructed to “Please support your child to choose the gender they most identify with.” [Read more…]

A medical statement about gender confusion in children

The American College of Pediatricians, a conservative medical organization, has issued a statement entitled Gender Ideology Harms Children, exposing the fallacy that children can be “born the wrong sex” and detailing the medical harm that can be done by “treatments” such as puberty-blocking and cross-sex hormones.

The report says that 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of girls accept their biological sex after puberty.  And it notes that suicide rates are 20 times greater for adults who have had sexual reassignment surgery.  The report concludes, “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

Read the statement after the jump. [Read more…]

A cat trapped inside a human body

We have women born in a man’s body, and men born in a woman’s body.  Now there is a case in which supposedly a cat was born in a human body.  After the jump, read the article and watch the video of the young woman meowing, hissing at dogs, and grooming herself.

Notice the neoplatonic worldview here, as well as in the rhetoric of transgenderism, which suggests that we have an identity prior to our birth, a sort of  pre-existing spirit that is then embodied when it enters the world.  But the “soul,” the seat of one’s personal essence and identity, is separate from the “body.”

Many of the Greeks and Romans believed this, as did various Renaissance mystics.  The Mormons believe in something like this.  So do some Eastern religions.  Christianity, though, has always had a higher view of the body.  But it’s certainly hard to understand how scientific materialists can buy into this sort of thing, and yet they do.

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Small Terror

In the course of a larger essay on the world’s political woes, David Brooks points out that all of the major acts of terrorism have had the effect of creating a cultural climate of anxiety, suspicion, and insecurity that he calls “small terror.” [Read more…]

A six-year-old girl trapped in the body of a 52-year-old man

A 52-year-old man with a wife and seven children decided that he is really female.  But not only is he transgendered, he decided that he is really a six-year-old girl.  So he left his family and now lives with an “adoptive mommy and daddy,” dressing as a little girl.

But why not, if our identity has nothing to do with our physical being? [Read more…]


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