It has become all the rage to self identify with how one feels. In fact, our liberal leaning society is embracing this tendency more and more. Someone who was born female feels more comfortable identifying with males so therefore she must be in fact a member of the male gender. A man decides that he can only be happy if he is surrounded by multiple wives, and somehow he convinces four or five women to agree to share his marriage bed, and people watch the reality television show about their life.
Now we have a man who says he has always felt like a woman and has decided to begin to live as a woman and everyone calls him courageous for living the fiction of who he wants to be rather than who God made him to be. And lastly a woman who chose to live the “creative nonfiction” of adopting a race into which she wasn’t born and has no genetic connection. Liberals are falling all over themselves trying to find ways to allow for this type of fluidity of race which to some seems to be traitorous and self serving instead of anything like a courageous act.
When did our feelings outpace reality as a measure of the morality of how we should choose to live our lives? Feelings are not always the most reliable source of information upon which we should be basing our decisions. For instance, you might decide that you felt like only ever eating ice cream, and only ice cream for the rest of your life. It might make you very happy, but it wouldn’t make you very healthy, and in a short time you would be in ill health. You would be “feeling” a different way about eating all that ice cream in the long run.
I realize that example is very simplistic, but it doesn’t limp as much as one might think as examples go: feelings aren’t always the best way to decide how to order our lives because there is a reality that cannot be denied no matter how strong our feelings are. No matter how much someone feels like a woman, if he was born male, then at a genetic level he will always be a man, and there will be a certain amount of pretense to his life as a woman.
If a person chooses to live their life as a member of another group to which he or she has no link there will always be pretense, and “creative nonfiction” which can also be translated to mean lying involved in living that type of life. The other issue is you begin to tell one story, and then you have to tell another story to help hold up that story, and it become a web of “creative non-fictions” to keep the entire thing from falling apart.
The singer/songwriter, Glenn Frye wrote a song called “All Those Lies” about the problem with living a life that included daily lies to maintain the artifice of feelings. In the liner notes of the album he has one of my favorite pieces of wisdom: The greatest thing about the truth is it is the only story you have to remember.
The ultimate morality of reality is you don’t have to participate in “creative nonfiction” in order to prop up the artifice of your feelings. You can live in the truth and the truth will make you free.