Absolutely No More Absolutes
Reality is now arbitrary. In the prescient words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy 23 years ago, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe…”
That means now you decide what’s what, and what’s not. You’re no longer constrained by outdated notions that reality is the way things actually are. Reality can be whatever you prefer. Or imagine.
Candidate Barack Obama was in tune in 2008 when he promised (or warned, depending on your proclivities) that, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America.” His transformation harmonizes nicely with Justice Kennedy’s concept, a new model that a generation earlier would have been seen as moral relativism, egalitarianism and narcissism, not truth, justice and the American way.
Kennedy’s watchwords are verified daily by news accounts.
Bruce Jenner decided despite his DNA and physical plumbing that he is a woman. Voila! Now Bruce is Caitlyn. The crowd applauded his courage, whereas previously the crowd would have urged professional counseling for his mental disorder. We’re talking major transformation.
This raises the question, are mental disorders now in the eye of the beholder? Or, do mental disorders actually still reside where everyone used to agree they resided, in the disordered? Define your own reality, per Justice Kennedy.
What if Caitlyn decides to revert to Bruce? Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner became Christine Daniels in 2007 after similar surgical modifications, then reverted to being Mike. Apparently beside himself, he committed suicide in 2009. According to a 2011 Swedish study, on average about 10 years after surgery, the transgendered begin experiencing increasing mental difficulties. Gee, who could have seen that coming? Their suicide mortality is nearly 20 times above non-transgender’s. That’s reality.
Unfortunately, science has become a tool for morphing reality, not understanding it. Hence, the disclosure that four Harvard and Syracuse university researchers appear to have falsely claimed studies supporting government’s global warming theory were conducted independently of the agency, despite having received more than $46 million in multiple EPA grants.
Does science now define reality according to influence, rather than evidence? How’s that for a novel concept of existence and meaning, Justice Kennedy?
When it comes to conforming reality to “one’s own concept,” global warming alarmists are peerless. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration eliminated the pesky reality problem of the failure of global temperature to increase over the past 20 years, as global warming theory insists it must. They edited temperature records to adjust earlier temperatures downward and inflate more recent temperatures upward, thereby “scientifically” proving it’s getting warmer after all.
The entirely subjective, and irrational, crowning achievement of this define-your-own-reality movement is exemplified by one pregnant woman carrying a baby and another woman carrying a baby, but each choosing different realities. One aborts the baby and the other delivers.
The child is whatever mom chooses: a live person or disposable tissue. It’s purely optional these days. Kennedy’s quote, not incidentally, is from the landmark Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision that sided with abortion providers, overturning laws restricting the practice.
The Kennedy-Obama brand of logic also leads to two men marrying each other, which doesn’t really open marriage to those denied it, but rather obliterates marriage as it’s been known since Eve and Adam tied the knot.
If you accept same-sex-marriage’s tortured reasoning, what is your argument against pedophilia, bestiality or even the “marriage” of one man simultaneously to 10 women, or vice versa? Were the Beatles right? All you need is love? Or does the object and nature of the “love” have a bearing?
Where does this Brave New World lead? Kennedy’s liberty to destroy millennia of truth about reality necessarily leads to destructive ends. If truth can be whisked away by redefining reality, where are the brakes on this run-away locomotive?
Euthanasia, more bluntly known as mercy killing, is the ultimate triumph of reality on the fly. For the best motives (notice, they are never for evil motives), euthanasia enables people to have themselves killed by others. The European Court of Human Rights approved imposing death on patients that cannot agree, by permitting inducing the death of a disabled patient who had not asked to die. The court said it’s OK to disconnect food and water to starve him to death.
Sanctity of life? Apparently another outdated notion.
What the “…right to define one’s own concept of existence” doesn’t consider is the eternal truth and immutability of highest values. “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts,” as liberal icon Daniel P. Monahan put it.
When truth is reduced to opinion, truth is abolished. In its absence, civilization is at the mercy of those in authority, such as medical practitioners, university researchers, judges and presidents. Woe to us when influencers jettison reality to favor their “own concept of existence…”
Mark Landsbaum is a Christian husband, father, grandfather and journalist who has written for a living for 43 years, ever since discovering he had no particular talents. He can be found on Facebook, Linked-in and in the Orange County Register where he writes another column that appears on Saturdays. He can be reached at Mark.Landsbaum@gmail.com.
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