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When Fantasies Have Real World Consequences

Fantasies without reality checks are harmful, and our society is increasingly and willfully blind to that.

The human imagination is wild. It allows us to be creative, resourceful, see the world as it is and then wonder what it could be. However, many have traded imagination for completely unbridled fantasy. Imagination, in order to be useful, requires an acceptance that there are aspects of reality that are unchangeable. Fantasy believes they can just "magic" that mess out of the way.

So what am I even talking about? Just your average news of the day, in 2018.

An orchestra teacher in Indiana was forced to resign from his position because he would not go along with the schools transgender policy. That policy says that teachers are to refer to children by their chosen genders and corresponding names. To say he would not go along with it makes it sound like he was in open defiance against it, but it is more like he attempted to tip-toe around it. His compromised approach was to refer to students by their last names.

Of course, that is unacceptable. To those living in, and abetting, a fantasy, all surrounding people must also play along. If they do not, they will pay the price, just like John Kluge. Not only did they essentially fire him, but they let him know that his kind was not welcome. "Mr. Kluge’s religious beliefs have absolutely no place in a public high school. I think what he believes is morally just conflicts with what not only I believe, [but] what my parents believe, what my psychiatrist, therapist and doctor believe and the school board believe are morally just,” said student Aidyn Sucec. You could say that the religious beliefs that Kluge clings to are themselves fantasies. That's fine, but it is interesting that those same beliefs are, in fact, more in line with reality than the beliefs of a transgendered secularist.

But doctors and psychiatrists, you may argue. Consider that science is operating in erroneous ways a lot these days, and more specifically that many issues exist in the field of study on mental health. The professionals in these fields are reliant on good research and good science to give them the proper guidelines, so when the guidelines in this matter are highly suspect, I would caution against blind trust in those who have concluded things in order to give in to demands of interests groups.

This perhaps would not be such a big deal if it was not leading to harmful public policies and people losing their jobs. Courts have been handing out rulings, albeit mixed, on transgender policies. It seems better to not add confusion to the matters that concern perhaps a very small fraction of the population. While it is true that we do not know the exact numbers of people who consider themselves transgender, I would suggest that it has less to do with the leg work having been done, and more to do with the fact that transgenderism is junk science.

Another recent example was of the two teen boys who competed in the girls track state competition in Connecticut. The two boys won first and second place. They were allowed to compete because they claimed to be transgendered. Of course, we have been conditioned to think that once a boy claims to be a girl that we are to accept that. As was unavoidable, however, some are fed up with it. Can you really blame them? Two biological boys compete and win in a girls tournament and that is okay because transgenderism. No real evidence to back up that transgenders are experiencing completely normal occurrences with their minds and bodies, only interests and the groups that push them.

The issue here is two-fold: first, transgenderism hurts the kids that suffer from it, who are then not helped, but hurt further, by quack doctors and psychiatrists, junk science, and angry ideologues (all of whom want to keep the downsides from being known). Second, transgender public policy is poorly thought out, hastily responsive to an issue not completely understood, and its implementation harms people who refuse to give credibility to popularized madness.

There is also a third issue: it adds further to our culture of confusion. We are deeply immersed in our collective confusion that any mention of things as they are and as they should be that is contrary to what fringe thinkers believe is somehow considered the audacious stance. Ideologues like this truly are the fringe, yet they are steering the culture. The only reason why they get away with it is because nobody has made enough of an effort to push back.

Perhaps it is time to push back. Not to be cruel, not to be condemning, but to help those who are confused, and to save ourselves from being pulled down into this popularized madness. We can be imaginative, but way too many fantasies (and not just this one) are running amok in our society. They need a serious reality check.

I'd like to live in a world where reality mattered again. It does not have to be cruel to try to help those with such mental illness reconnect with reality. In fact, it is probably more cruel to indefinitely indulge their fantasies. Imagine someone with the body and moves of Danny DeVito thinking that they have the body and moves of LeBron James. It just isn't so. DeVito is a talented and successful actor and director, but to pretend (and insist that that all that interact with him also pretend) that such a person is first round NBA draft pick material would just be cruel. No. Rather, that person should be as gently and compassionately as possible ushered back to reality.

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Hayekwasright - You've obviously never watched DeVito play basketball, dude has moves like you wouldn't believe. This teacher on the other should be thankful we're not all judging him for looking like Derick Dillard with a bad case of fetal alcohol syndrome. To say he looks mildly retarded is...putting it mildly.

Perhaps he has the moves. I'll take your word for it. But body AND moves -- no. Further, I said nothing about judging anyone, but rather spoke in favor of acknowledging and dealing with physical realities.

As Erick has often said, "You will be made to care."

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streiff - you say you are not judging, yet you judge. Fact-based arguments are what is needed. Veiled name calling lends no credibility to an adopted position and it is wrong to judge someone based on a single attribute. I guess, unless the state says it's OK?

Irrespective of the teacher's appearance, do you think the state should be able to terminate the teacher's employment for his refusal to accept self-identification and, if so, why? What elevates the mandated use of preferential pronouns to this level of importance? What makes this general situation 'special'? One should exercise care when reasoning through such matters, as the slope is indeed slippery and lubricated with subjectivity. One might find oneself on the losing end some day, unless one is willing to defer all thoughts, normative and otherwise, to the state for approval. If you like to think for yourself, it is only a matter of time before you get cut with this blade and it might be too late by then.

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