(After reading many of the comments posted on renewamerica.com to Gina Miller’s article, “Former Transgender Warns of Skirting Marriage Laws by Same-Sex Couples”, I was struck by a fundamental flaw in the homosexual/transgender/etc. position. Whatever their feelings are seems to justify in their own minds everything from condemning the traditional values they transgress, demanding social mores be changed to accommodate them, accusing Christian apologists of being motivated out of fear or hate and even changing the definition of words like marriage, male and female to be altered to fit their agenda. Their rationale is a perversion, making reason take a back seat to their emotionally disturbed presuppositions.)
Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) gave us the saying, “The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” It is peculiarly interesting that this saying should be adopted by the LGBT community as a raison d’être. This famous Pascal quote was even used as the title of a book of “Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content” by Michael Cart and Christine Jenkins.
LGBT persons identify with this saying because it implies justification based on one’s heart, or feelings. Their association with this sentiment reflects a conviction that the resolution of conflicted sexual feelings is beyond the scope of reason. They are not concerned with using reason to justify what most people consider aberrant behavior, because they assume their feelings are sufficient to justify themselves in their own eyes.
As in narcissism, to the LGBT adherent, self-gratification trumps everything else. Universal social norms and institutions that have stood for thousands of years are labeled bigoted or hateful, simply because they are an impediment to satisfying one’s heart’s desires. And so, this relatively small number of individuals on the far end of the bell curve, have not only rebelled against society, they have rebelled against the headship of reason, opting to be ruled by the heart.
“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of” is an incredibly beautiful way to state the underlying significance of the arts in communicating complex and meaningful aspects of life. It speaks to a need filled by music and song, poetry and art, that cannot be fully met by science, math or literature. However, to say the heart can supplant reason is to take a giant leap that Pascal would never approve of.
For, if you examine the life of Blaise Pascal, you will discover he was indeed a man of reason. He was in fact a major intellect: a mathematician, a physicist and a religious philosopher. And he was a Christian. His death at the age of only 39 prevented him from finishing a book defending the Christian faith. There is absolutely no evidence supporting the rationale that Pascal’s philosophy would support the LGBT lifestyle. Just the opposite is true.
The argument that gender is a product of the mind is empty-headed, based on the angst and unresolved struggle of a few to feel comfortable with who they are. To say there are more than two genders requires a total rejection of reason and a total reliance upon arguments of the “heart”. The argument of reason says gender is a physical trait, and an individual’s inability to cope with one’s gender reflects a problematic psychological condition. But that assertion is labeled bigoted and hateful because it doesn’t respect the id’s insistence upon being validated. The individual’s id insists the real problem is with society, not the self.
Most of the people who argue in favor of elective gender identity, gender reassignment, same-sex marriage, etc. weren’t around in the 60s to have witnessed how much our culture has changed since then. They’re only old enough to know how things are now. They have no perspective with which to evaluate their positions. They reject our history as racist, sexist and homophobic, presuming a moral superiority of having broken the bonds of the past. Like a child throwing a tantrum when the parent says “no,” all they can do is rail against the traditions that deny them whatever they demand.
In the 60s I first noticed this trend, moving away from reason toward a reward-motivated pleasure response (self-justifying, self-realizing, self-fulfilling and self-indulging). It was a product of the drug culture, which impacted young people with altered perceptions, making them question their world views. Add to this the introduction of Eastern religious values into pop-culture and the classical reasoning of Western civilization began to sag under the weight of an increasingly “touchy-feely” approach to life.
This departure from reason to a reliance on the heart continues to erode the influence of Biblical Christianity. If Blaise Pascal were alive today, he would be appalled at the cavalier way in which the LGBT movement has co-opted and misconstrued his deeply beautiful quotation. It is only when you get out of the morass of self-indulgence that you begin to see the error of our times — blaming society for the problems of the maladjusted.
There is a difference between feeling free because you have smashed the fetters that kept you from running amok, and growing so much in self-control that you no longer need others to restrain you. The childish heart yearns for one. Mature reason seeks the other.
And speaking of matters of the heart, have you examined yours for the presence of bigotry? It always amazes me how those who accuse Christians of hatred have no compunction against using the most vile, ugly language to describe us. But that’s what happens when you put the heart in charge.
[I welcome your comments.]