Tom Gilson commenting on C.S. Lewis‘s Abolition of Man vis-à-vis the logical contradictions inherent in the modern identity movement (Note: this is about postmodern theory and logic and not anyone’s personal feelings. Quote has been edited for broader application while keeping the original sense):
We can forgive Lewis for not seeing today’s [identity movement]… No one else saw it coming either, not even as recently as five or six years ago. But Lewis did foresee quite accurately how far Man would go in his quest to conquer Nature: All the way, until he collided with reality.
The sad thing? Even when modern man collides with reality, he won’t admit it. He just doubles-down on the idea that he can make reality bend to his wishes. But he can’t; especially not according to the philosophy [that one can be whatever one chooses to be]. That same philosophy, you see, also insists that his choices are determined by Nature. Everything is determined by natural law, period. The mind, as Lewis noted, is ruled by the weather or by digestion. Even the … “born this way” defense is an admission that the mind has no power over Nature after all.
So in the world of … activism the mind controls all, yet in that same world the mind controls nothing. Physical nature determines nothing, yet physical nature determines everything. Or as Lewis put it, “Man’s conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be nature’s conquest of Man” — meaning, all that is distinctly human.
The [person who wishes to abolish an aspect of his essence or personhood] … carries forward the abolition of Man. And all humanity — or so it seems, at least — is stumbling over itself racing to throw itself on the fires of its own destruction.
No, the biggest lie, and the one currently afflicting our society, is the total loss of discernment between what is truth and what is a lie. It is the belief there is no truth possible. It is the belief we can make up our own truth as we see fit. It is the belief that we may use power to force others to submit to the lie.
Christian doctor is SACKED by the Government for refusing to identify patients by their preferred gender because he believes sex is established at birth
A doctor has been fired from a top government role for suggesting gender is determined at birth.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5930593/Doctor-fired-government-role-insisting-gender-determined-birth.html
The problem with the situation is highlighted in the two quotes above. For years, the public has used the terms “sex” and “gender” interchangeably to refer to one’s biological sex. Even the newspaper does that in the quotes above. But the doctor has been fired because he refuses to affirm people’s gender identities by using pronouns originally meant to refer to people’s biological sex. It seems that pronouns now are meant to have only subjective meanings that do not correspond to any objectively accessible referent. Those who warned that postmodernism would eventually destroy language were right.
“If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.”