Whom The Gods Would Destroy: How Madness Rules Our Age

Never has the world run so headlong mad into inconceivable folly as the recent embrace of gay marriage. Western democracies, even tyrannies such as Cuba, have started to embrace the madness.

Now, I have not been, nor am I now, an advocate for the persecution of gays. I am no fan of the Fred Phelps Westboro Baptist School of outreach. Rather, I found it an acceptable compromise that society could allow for civil unions, and certain inheritance preferences, but marriage I also saw as something, not merely sacred, but established on a material basis.

Opposites attract. Negatively charged electrons seek positively charged protons. The north pole on magnets seeks the south pole. The whole mechanism of reproduction in the animal kingdom (including humans) required male and female.

This was basic science. As simple as gravity.

Men have always wanted to defy gravity. The story of Icarus contains man's deepest hopes of soaring. Some ballet dancers, even Fred Astaire, may have seemed for a few brief moments to overcome its pull; but in the end, gravity always won. The pirouettist always came down and Astaire's feet eventually touched the floor.  Even planes have to eventually land. 

Flight was based on Bernoulli's Equation for fluid flow, and a hierarchy of physical laws, but it never defied those laws, it merely allowed for air pressure to overcome gravity ... temporarily ... until the engine ran out of gas, or the bird got tired.

Gravity was ruthlessly egalitarian and always won.

F=ma  -  where a = 32.2 ft/sec², gravity at sea level.

Gravity was not debatable. The whole universe ran on it. To legislate against gravity would be sheer madness; something only the US Congress could do. Now, true, the US Congress has been legislating against gravity for some time now. Hyper-strict EPA requirements, Global Warming restrictions, and the Kyoto protocols all defy empirical science. Who can forget those lab results from feeding mice twenty and thirty times their weight in tested substances to detect cancer, and how the government removed wonderful food additives from the shelves? Does anyone remember the sweetener cyclamate? Banned in the USA, but still allowed in fifty five other countries.

When it came to gay marriage, as unbelievable as it may be, the US was late to this psychosis.

Much of Western Europe, much of Latin America, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa all beat us to the punch. Even Macho Argentina legalized gay marriage in 2010. Brazil and Uruguay followed suit.

Much of the USA had initially resisted gay marriage. Judges had to intervene to educate the people. In Hollingsworth vs. Perry, a federal court overruled a California referendum, Proposition 8, which had defined marriage as between a man and woman, and added such to the California Constitution.  An Arkansas judge would later follow suit in 2014.

Constitutions meant nothing to jurists.

What is amazing is how much of this came from fiat. In Brazil, gay marriage came in by judicial pronouncement.  In Argentina, the process started with a court.

Last year [2009], a judge in Buenos Aires ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was illegal, paving the way for such marriages in the capital of Argentina. - CNN

This worldwide phenomenon smacks of a run around democracy. Even when finally approved by legislatures, the process often starts with legal decisions by jurists who force the issue. In Canada, it started with Halpern v Canada.

Now, I am not even addressing this from a moral issue, though that cannot be discounted. If one is a bible-believing Christian, St Paul thunders against homosexual unions.

... God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.  Roman 1: 26, 27 (NIV)

Powerful stuff! Paul did not mince words. However, ignoring the apostle's dire warnings, there is something bizarrely perverse (and I do not mean sexually) in allowing gay marriage.

It is the absolute idiocy of men legislating against nature. Against physics. Against biology.

Forget if you will the possible consequence of eternal hellfire, and just contemplate how idiotic any congress, parliament, or legislature would seem if it were to declare that goldfish had as much right to fly as eagles. Yet, that is what we have just done.

Biology decrees that children come from male and female pairings. From this simple fact, sprang the institution of marriage. Children were not the only purpose of marriage, but one of its main pillars; a fundamental support that could not be ignored.  Gay unions do not meet that requirement.

The US Supreme Court has just overturned natural science, and might as well have declared that north magnetic poles have an equal right to seek north magnetic poles. Of course, magnets will not oblige the court, but humans are not so reliable.

Even atheist scientists were never this mad. They might deny the supernatural, but they usually respected the data. Engineers are taught how to manipulate these natural laws, and how to use them to one's benefit. Whenever scientists seemingly overrode the natural, it was only using a higher natural law - as noted above, in the case of Bernoulli's Equations concerning flight - but no scientist thought man could fly by flapping his arms.

There was the tragicomic case of T.D. Lysenko who thought he could socially engineer grain to grow better in the subarctic Soviet Union. Grain proved to be politically incorrect, and would not get with the program. Data was fudged, and critics were executed rather than admit the error. The scandal forever warned true scientists of mixing social policy with hard fact, that is until Global Warming.

The US Supreme Court has declared judicial authority to fiat decree how biology must work. Divine design, or billions of years of evolution, or both, have no bearing on the matter. Five judges know what is best. Our courts have declared prerogatives formerly only ascribed to deity.

We will order the universe how to behave. We will tell nature what to do.  We have become as gods.

This is madness. It is the level of a five year old who believes in magic, and thinks that his desires define reality, if he would just close his eyes and wish real hard. It is delusional. Both science and religion agree on this.

Over the past forty years, our society has abandoned reason as a basis for society. My anguish is not so much moral, but rational. But then again, the Christian God is a God of order, not confusion. Rationality and morality my not be virtues as separate as we think.

For God is not a God of confusion ...  - 1 Cor 14:33

Our civilization has become truly deranged. Gay marriage is certainly not the start of our problem, but may be the final stage of our dementia.
What happens to a man when reason has fled?  We declare him mad.  What then do we do with Western Civilization?

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad
- Prometheus, in Longfellow's: The Masque of Pandora

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who is not Jewish, Latin, nor Arab. He runs a website,http://latinarabia.com, where he discusses the subculture of Arabs in Latin America. He wishes his Spanish were better.

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