Assumptions

The other day, I wrote a short post, “End Game.” I’ve been amused by the position that people won’t accept other genders because, God, and the Bible, or some other deity and religious document. I assumed that were it true that a deity created the original one or two sexes, they may now have decided to add more sexes. I assumed they could agree with that.

That might be a wrong assumption.

After posting that, I read an article about conservative American thinking in Salon. I infer from the article that Conservatives have a difficult time accepting change. So if God created two sexes and stopped, that’s it; the end. That chokes the life out of my position. They were taught one thing, so they believe one thing, and they can’t change their thinking to believe anything else. It’s a fascinating conclusion, because it’s not about politics or religious beliefs, but about brain structure and how our brains develop and work.

That leads to another assumption, embraced by so many, that we are all the same. An intriguing dichotomy arises: if you have a hard-wired conservative brain and were taught that everyone is the same, then you can’t change your mind, and yet you’re the very evidence that we’re not all the same. That explains why so many conservatives will drop back and point to differences in gender and sexual orientation as either choices or sicknesses. They can’t conceive of the third choice, that either their God has more in mind for the sexes and variations for humans, or that humans continue to develop and evolve. Like generals fighting the last war, their thinking is predicated on the past situation. To think that gender changes might be required for humanity’s survival is unthinkable, and unimaginable.

Now we’re entering X-Men territory. Yet, medical science can point to evolutionary changes and mutations beyond genders and sexual orientations that indicate, yes, human beings are dynamic and evolving. Changes have emerged, and will continue to emerge. Unfortunately, my recent reading about conservative thinking is that they have a hard time with science, too.

The way we learn has an impact, as well. We’ve learned that what we first learn often stays with us; it’s difficult to overcome what we initially learn, even when new information is later added that shows that we initially learned was wrong. Part of this also has to do with with our brains, memory, and wiring.

I wish I was more intelligent and better educated so I could understand and explain it all with more clarity and nuance. Sadly, I ponder if humans might end up destroying humanity trying to stay the same as were were when they believe they were created.

I hope that I’m just assuming the worst.

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  1. There are quite a few species that are gender-fluid, or can change genders and reproductive functions when their species in in danger. Why do people assume that humans can’t or shouldn’t? It’s just simple biology; nothing magicky about it.

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  2. You have ‘conservative’ thinking all wrong. I can’t blame you because you tried to learn from Salon, a very leftist publication, what they themselves have little understanding of. Conservatives are not the people saying everyone is the same. We only wish to claim what the Constitution and decency require, which is that all people are equal, and not the ‘same.’ It is leftist thinking which claims that men and women are the same. Example, the Boy Scouts now admitting girls means that they believe boys and girls are the same. A recognition that one is different from the other is not calling them unequal, but the left doesn’t want to hear that. As for the science here, support for transgenderism is non-existent. All humans are designated as male or female based on genetics, i.e. you have either xx or xy chromosomes that determine gender. The glaring scientific truth that is missed is this: Genetics determine gender, period. One can change appearance all they want, but they can’t change the DNA. That is the reality. The fact that this coincides with biblical teaching may rattle some, but in the end, it is just another excuse to ignore reality. The worst part of all this ridiculousness is how it is being pushed upon very young children in classrooms and even in the medical community because of social pressure. Here is one prominent example of a pediatrician who objects to foistering this upon children.
    “Pediatrician Dr. Michelle Cretella recently sounded off about the dangers of helping a child transition to another sex. The specific treatment she was referencing is the use of puberty blockers that would prevent the child’s hormones from launching their natural phase if they identify with the opposite sex.

    “Chemical castration is what you’re doing when you put any biologically normal child on puberty blockers,” she said. “It’s treating puberty like a disease, arresting a normal process which is critical to normal development is bad for kids. Sterilization: not good for kids. Prepping them for what will likely result in a case in girls a double mastectomy at 16–not how you treat depression or anxiety.” http://www.conservativezone.com/articles/pediatrician-calls-transgenderism-downright-abusive/

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