reply to post by Aleister
Saying something is one thing, but feeling "ok" about it, is quite another.
Personally, if I were a gay athlete, the locker room would be an "exciting" experience. I don't see why not. Handsome muscular men walking around
nude. Seems stimulating.
Of course, as a libertarian, I wouldn't interfere or comment on another persons life choices; but at the same time, I could understand the
awkwardness other male athletes would feel when in the locker room with someone they know is gay. You can try as hard as you like to hammer it in:
Don't Feel that way! But I'm sorry, it's awkward, and a tad uncomfortable. This doesn't mean I wont maintain a respectful and friendly
relationship with that person, but it is also ok to feel uncomfortable with it.
I'm a little sick of a society that not only wants to change the way you act, but also the way you feel about things.
It's my duty and responsibility as a citizen to treat others with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation. But it is most assuredly not the
media, government, or intelligentsias prerogative to dictate to me a moral viewpoint that doesn't jibe with my philosophical worldview. And perhaps,
that is what makes this so distasteful.
I am happy, to a degree, that Jarron Collins feels relieved. My cousin is gay, and all the time I have to 'put up' with things that I otherwise
disapprove of. But, its a compromise I have to make. My love for him trumps my disapproval for his life choice
. And yes - it is a choice. With
all the wondrous advances in neuroscience and in understanding the mind boggling plasticity of the human brian, it is downright scandalous that people
are claiming that homosexuality is a 'genetic" permanency. If the brain can rewire its motor cortex after serious injury, than there is no shadow of
a freaking doubt - nay, some neuroscientists are veritably perturbed with the politicization going on around this subject - that the hypothalamus,
which deals with our sexual feelings, can be tweaked through cognitive therapy. This is completely beyond dispute.
So, to return. Given sexual preference is a choice, a choice which is motivated by a genetic predisposition (which can be altered through cognitive
therapy), than ultimately, this is a philosophical issue, not a moral.
By telling people "what is morally right", they are in fact subverting your ability to understand the world in any other way besides the one which
this moral decision supports.
What, you might be wondering, would compel me to oppose homosexuality? There are many ways to approach a moral situation, be it from a perspective of
the immediate benefit (the gay persons relief), and so his good, or, from a metaphysical angle. Metaphysically, I believe the world works along the
premise of a perfect asymmetry: between male and female energies. I believe all constructive relationships operate from this organizing principle. All
things can be reduced to a male-female relationship, which is intrinsically asymmetrical. The sky and the Earth, the brain and the body, or the
transcendent Creator and His Creation - they fit together. From this vantage point, homosexuality - which ultimately, from the perspective of a free
will, is a CHOICE - is an aberration, a deviation from the natural condition of perfect asymmetry.
So, depending on what your perspective is - from the earthly, unconcerned with any possible meaning to the forms the world takes on - or from the
perspective of the divine, to a possible ontological meaning to the dynamics of our reality, from there, we come to disagree.
Life ultimately cant be reduced to this or that. Love - my love for my cousin - should take precedence to my belief in a higher metaphysical purpose
to the way things are. So, paradoxically, I can ignore, even respect and interact with gay people, but I do so knowing that I ultimately disapprove.
What's sad is that so many people are fully willing to forgo, or simply ignore, the existence of significance of a metaphysical principle called
perfect asymmetry. For me, it would be a loss to renounce this view, because, despite my love for my cousin and my desire to maintain a strong
relationship with him, I can't turn my back to what I see clearly indicated in natures dynamics. It would be a lie; it would be self delusion. So, I
accept the compromise. It doesn't have to be this or that, but can be both.