The fruits of bad philosophy are rotten to the core. This is not to say that all problems stem from bad philosophy, only that if the core principles which undergird a philosophical system are rotten, so too will be the fruits.
We may approach the problem from
either direction; which is to say, we can discover erroneous
philosophical principles, and from them find our way to absurd positions
on moral issues; or we may start with the latter and trace our way back
to the former.
For instance, the Evil League of Reactionaries
has recently been vanquished, and the metaphysical absurdity known as
gay marriage has been accepted by the culture. The legal system will no
doubt follow. In the meantime, the Forces of Progressivism have moved
on to win "rights" for the transgendered.
that the term transgendered is a neologism of the Orwellian sort we have
been discussing. So long as people talked of sex, we resided in the
realm of Science. A male human was one who possessed both an X and a Y
chromosome, while a female human possessed two X chromosomes.
the shift to gender which is, to repeat the cultural Marxist mantra, "a
social construct". Sex is determined biologically: it applies to the
body of human being; gender is determined psychologically: it applies to
the mind. By ignoring sex and focusing on gender, a man could claim to
feel like a woman inside and that claim was expected to override his
In other words, we've split the human
being into two and allowed the mind of man to reign over his body. This
is the rotten philosophical core of modern progressivism. The
ostensible argument was that gender was a social construct; the actual
argument was that the real social construct was biology.
rank nonsense of the highest order. A man can no more cease to be male
than he can jettison his humanity and become a bird. Both his maleness
and his humanness are fundamental to his nature. Sure, quack scientists
can shoot him up with hormones; they may even treat him as a walking
laboratory in which to implant a human child. But they can't even
pretend to alter his genetic structure so that he no longer possesses
the dreaded Y chromosome which threatens to call him back to reality.
He cannot become a woman; he can only become a sad freak, upon whom we
may look with pity.
If we accept the fiction that
the body is only a prison for the mind, there is no end to the silliness
which we can assert. Not only sex, but age, race, ability, all
attributes of the body, can be substituted at will. No longer am I an
evil white cismale--the idiotic modifier cis implies that I do not
suffer from mental illness, only bad prose--I am actually a gay black
trans grandmother. Please address me accordingly.
course, no one is ready to take that sort of nonsense seriously, even
though it follows logically from this mind body split. Sex is held to
be amorphous because it further undermines the natural law and healthy
human relations. Sexual autonomy is a goal in a way that racial
autonomy simply isn't. Anything that furthers the illusion of sexual
autonomy--for, after all, one can never completely separate sex from
It follows, then, that while it
is beneficial to point out the contradictions inherent in what passes
for progressive metaphysics, we should not be too troubled when our
criticisms are brushed off. For bad metaphysics are only a means to an
end. We preach to the indifferent, and to the convinced who do not yet
realize what is at stake.