The Heart Has Its Reasons

(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.]

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About retiredday

I am Michael D. Day, a regular, everyday guy -- retired. I stand for God-given freedom, which means I think for myself. I believe in being civil, because the Bible teaches that we should love our enemies. But I also believe in saying it how I see it, and explaining just why I see it that way, sort of like 2 Timothy 4:2.
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10 Responses to The Heart Has Its Reasons

  1. Gina Miller says:

    Mike, I thought you might be interested in this comment which was left on your column (which I posted) at Free Republic:

    User “Newheart” said,

    “‘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.’

    Great article. Thanks for posting.

    I would suggest that the trend in the 60s (and I was part of that) was the widespread coming to fruition of trends in thought that began centuries before. Francis Schaeffer’s book, Escape from Reason, gives a very good outline of that historical progression.

    I also think Pascal would be appalled at the LGBT appropriation of one of his most famous quotes. Theirs is an appeal to selfish desire, his expression referred to a desire of a much higher order. Here is the full quote:

    ‘The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This, then, is faith: God felt by the heart, not by the reason.'”

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    • retiredday says:

      It is gratifying to get a comment from someone who not only knows the full Pascal quote (which makes its meaning crystal clear) but also has read Francis Schaeffer, probably the greatest Christian thinker of the twentieth century. I have read his, “How Should We Then Live?” but not “Escape From Reason”, which I now plan to get. Schaeffer wrote several scholarly books which are still in print. The most cursive examination of his works should convince anyone with an inquiring mind that authentic Christian thought is not for simpletons, as it is so often characterized.

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  2. Michael, no person has the right to mandate their perspective of morally acceptable behavior against another person or group of people.

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  3. Michael, I was referring to an Earthly person. Maybe I should have been more specific.

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    • retiredday says:

      All morality comes from God and what he mandates. Some atheists are eager to say you don’t need God for morality because humans can be moral on their own. Essentially, that position is that “morally acceptable behavior” (like beauty) is in the eye of the beholder. In that context, if you don’t agree with a particular “morally acceptable behavior” that comes from a human authority, then I can see your point that no one can tell you what is right or wrong. However, since I hold that morality does not originate from any person (meaning human being) that we must appeal to God’s authority. It is in fact the political victory of the gay agenda that now human authorities tells us same sex marriage is now “morally acceptable behavior”. That is in violation of God’s authority.

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  4. The United States was not built on religious supremacy, but on religious freedom. That and other freedoms. People can quote Scripture all they want, however, quoting Scripture can lead to misinterpretations of it by some people. Also, while we are on the subject of what constitutes morally reprehensible behavior, it is morally reprehensible to commit mass genocide, however, Adolph Hitler engaged in acts of that nature against the Jewish population of Germany. Saddam Hussein also engaged in mass genocide against the Kurds. Muslim majority countries kill gay people because they are gay.

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    • retiredday says:

      “quoting Scripture can lead to misinterpretations of it by some people.”

      It isn’t the quoting of Scripture that leads to misinterpretations. It’s ignorance and hearts that are open to spiritual deception.

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  5. That may be true, however, like Qu’ran, the Bible has stories that depict violence. Also, the book of Revelation depicts stories of the apocalypse. Do you honestly think gay people choose to be gay or that they are born that way? If they choose to be gay, than they are engaging in what the Bible calls sinful behavior. Assuming that they are born that way, the implication of sinful behavior is not credible. Back to my earlier comment where I said that the United States was not a nation based on religious supremacy but religious freedom, you did not actually deny that insofar as I know. If you are married, how exactly is your marriage threatened by same sex couples wanting the same basic rights? Please, don’t give me the they can marry a person of the opposite sex line. That is something I came across in another forum that talked about the issue of same sex marriage. People who talk about freedom in some cases mean that freedom means freedom for everybody. Other people view freedom as their right to impose their will upon others. Also, what about people who preach about the importance of marriage to society? Newt Gingrich championed DOMA, the Defense of marriage Act, however, he has been married 3 times. Anybody who champions a defense of marriage and has been through multiple marriages is by definition a hypocrite. The only downside to same sex parenting is being faced with “Go ask your Mother” for lesbian couples or “Go ask your Father” for gay couples that have children. In a straight household context, you can hear the “Go ask your Mother, or “Go ask your Father” line. So, in a straight household context, you can get the normal suggestion of your Mother or your Father. Also, government should have no place in marriage debate. Leave it to the Churches or have a civil union, the latter which should be acknowledged by the government. In some other forums that I have participated in, the subject of same sex marriage has been a topic that is discussed. Even though my views differ from yours, your views seem to be more well thought out than other people’s in my opinion.

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