If you go too fast, you’re in danger of going through the motions. Too slow and everything becomes stagnant. For most of us, we’re most vulnerable when we feel alone and exposed; our flaws are captured and observed with looks that make our skin squirm. How you fare when you feel threatened or tender depends on what you acknowledge about yourself and your surroundings. Take a deep breath…can you feel God? Can you feel me too? I know it’s hard to remember sometimes.
With an online world full of criticisms, people will put their best selves forward with the question remaining if they are being authentic. The weirdest phenomenon I’ve seen on social media is that people will look on a screen for people who are ‘real’ and ‘raw’ with them. Can you imagine how many trolls there would be if people could reach through their phone or tablet? Judging by the way the world looks now, it’s a good thing certain people don’t have super powers.
But there’s a hidden curse with those with common sense; as they say great minds think alike – and I would add – feel like too. (***Let me take a pause here***) Can you please get that booger out of your nose so I can breathe better? Thanks. I appreciate it.
Last week, some of our dear elders tackled philosophical ideas surrounding identity and the LGBTQ community. Interesting to say the least. I wish we had more people tackling subjects with impartiality, but that’s just what it is for now. I’m noticing more assumptions of certain Christian dogmas as correct (not referring to the elementary stuff here) and when we fail to critique our own stances, we may begin to present our opinions as inflexible truths rather than facts that are qualified by its context. Some things are true until it’s not and vice versa. Did you feel God? Can you feel me too? I know it’s hard to remember sometimes.
6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 1 Tim 4:6 ESV
Philosophy can wear you out man. Especially when it comes to existentialism: whose premise in my humble opinion is scrabbled semantics in a misguided attempt to provide a system to be authentic. Not going to explain my thoughts on that matter for now because the primary focus is to give further arguments in redeeming and correcting the alphabet community. There are certainly bugs within the existentialist framework; whether we are pulling notes from Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, or George Serban, it’s clear that we can’t conflate identity with authenticity, and that any attempt to do so will muddy the waters between hypocrisy and delusion. Hold your horses Lexi! Let me explain that here:
Lexi: Why do you feel you need to explain yourself?
Me: I don’t need to explain myself, unless I’m seeking to express and justify my true nature.
Tee in The Hay
I know I’m not alone in such sentiments, as is the case for any person whose eccentric, radical or a maverick. Explaining is a premeasure to protect oneself in society and the weaponry to stand up for others. This is certainly the case with Ti-Grace Atkinson; a gay woman who contributed to the system of radical feminism. Quite frankly, there is much for me to learn about the different sub-sets about feminism, except this class is off-putting considering the animosity towards men – Black men – in particular. There should be no surprise that the recent gender wars are rising from repeated instances of dehumanizing the other.
- Name five actors in the coming fast and furious movie.
- Lee Sang-Guen directed a movie in 2019 about a rock climber who would later become a hero. Another movie developed by Living Waters Production shares it’s name telling a story about suicide. What’s the name of the movie?
- Name three ways one can pay off debt? What is debt forgiveness? What are the pros & cons of forgiving debt?
- Finish the lyrics: I’ll give you attention all night, all day…
Butter UP the Quilt
As humans, the more proud we are, the more we are willing to expose our rawness. When shame, threats, or courtesy arises, we look for places to hide. Society oppresses our ‘freedoms’ with consequences should we act in a way contrary with its laws. Such oppressions aren’t bad when the law is just, but let it be misguided or sinister then man!!! It’s horrible how difficult it is for women to get appropriate health care; to get maternity leave without worrying if their livelihood will be lost, striving for equality with men when now they have another existential threat; the transgender woman.
A man who has sadistic thoughts maybe considered unclean or a murderer at worst within a Christian context, but if he genuinely refrains from carrying out his imagination due to repentance, would we still classify him a sadist? If a person identifies themselves as a cat and spends most of their days acting like a cat, we can say they are being their authentic selves, but their body betrays their fancies. How would we identify such a person? A four foot six boy can walk around thinking they are a titan — crushing nations underneath his feet — only to be pulverized by a towering bully at school. Who is the boy ‘really’? What’s the point here?
…it’s clear that we can’t conflate identity with authenticity, and that any attempt to do so will muddy the waters between hypocrisy and delusion.– The Prototype, “How They Quitted the Author”
Off in the Town
If we can see how acting upon every impulse may not be good, we can indulge in the more introspective, innate part of us. At what point should we suppress our desires? When should we let ourselves go and be “free”? As long as we can recognize that our identity is in some respects shared, we can build genuine relationships. Again, I know what it feels like to be trapped in a fragile body. I’m sure many people do. To do what I think is best for myself, I must adhere to a code; an ethics I develop personally but is also consistent with logic, nature, and the society I live in. In my personal opinion, making such decisions help me to move in a way most harmonious with the world, although I don’t need to agree with everything the world says. Some discord is good. Just ask Bartok.
Can’t lie to ya/
I didn’t zip my fly when I walked in the wider room/
I just threw my pants on, but I’m no panderer/
Panner, pinner, penner, panda/
See you can check my stamina/
Got no weight except this pound of cake/
Please excuse my grammar. Sorry Irma/
Didn’t know how things would pale/
Is it gay or happy? Is it BI or farewell?/
Gotta ID to market but my good nature won’t cell/
Now they tempt me to whore mong’ them cus they say sex sales/
Nah I’m good, I already made my choice/
No matter how many obstacles there are/
I’m gonna stay on course/
Let me be cool with these letters,
I don’t have to use force/
The genuine knows when they’ve strayed from the source/
I’ll come at this topic from one last angle and then we’ll move on. To all those within the LGBTQ community, you are loved. If you believe in God, try to discern how God wants you to follow Him/Her.
Questions to Consider
Does identity equate to authenticity? When do you KNOW you’re being authentic? Is being your true-self consistent with your identity?
How can we better relate to the LGBTQ community?
In what ways can we tackle to issues of racism, sexism, and other schisms in our community holistically?
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
— 1 Tim 4:16 ESV