The Right to Self Delusion & The Right not to play along

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The Right to Self Delusion & The Right not to play along

Reg: What’s the point of fight­ing for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?
Fran­cis: It is sym­bolic of our strug­gle against oppression.
Reg: It’s sym­bolic of his strug­gle against reality.
Monty Python the Life of Brian 1979

In a time of uni­ver­sal deceit, telling the truth is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary act.

George Orwell

Snark con­cern­ing the Bruce Cait­lyn not with­stand lets cut to the chase and deal with the prin­ci­ples here that actu­ally matter.

1. Bruce Jen­ner is a free Amer­i­can. He has earned what he has through a lot of hard work. If he has the delu­sion that he is a woman, wants to be treated as a woman, chooses to use the wealth he has earned over the years to pay for expen­sive surgery to remove & insert dif­fer­ent anatom­i­cal parts to present him­self as a woman, chooses to take hor­mones to pro­duce fem­i­nine phys­i­cal changes and wishes to be called “Cait­lyn” all to sup­port said delu­sion (or even make a buck off it) that’s his business

If this was just some avg schmuck with more money than he can spend instead of a world-​famous Olympic cham­pion this would just be another rich eccen­tric able to find peo­ple will­ing to sup­port or enable their delu­sions for a price.

2. If Bruce Jen­ner dressed like Napoleon, choose to speak only French, sur­gi­cally reduced his height and paid peo­ple around him to shout: “Vive l’empereur!” wher­ever he went around would not change the neu­tral objec­tive fact that is is not Napoleon. Like­wise no amount of hor­mones, dress up or even alter­ing a birth cer­tifi­cate will change the objec­tive fact that Bruce Jen­ner is male any more than a delu­sion he was a vam­pire would be objec­tively real if he had his incisors sharp­ened into points, only came out at night, slept in a cof­fin and ran away at the sight of the Crucifix.

Bar­bara McMan­non nailed it in this tweet con­cern­ing the Van­ity Fair Cover:

3. While as a free Amer­i­can I acknowl­edge Mr. Jenner’s right to live his delu­sion and the right of oth­ers to, for what­ever rea­son, play along with it, I insist on my right as a free Amer­i­can to not to go along with it. I fur­ther insist on my right as a free Amer­i­can to pub­licly state the objec­tive prov­able fact Mr. Jen­ner is not in fact a woman named Caitlyn.

As I’ve said over and over again about Chris­tian­ity in gen­eral and the Catholic Church in par­tic­u­lar, the rea­son to believe it & act accord­ingly is because it’s true.

4. Any attempt by the cur­rent cul­tural elites to enforce a sub­jec­tive opin­ion upon soci­ety to replace an objec­tive fact is dis­hon­est and dis­hon­or­able. Any attempt to com­pel said opin­ion on any indi­vid­ual or on soci­ety by law is oppression.

Since the days of old there has been money to be made & power to be had from a spec­ta­cle if it draws click or sells mag­a­zines there are those that will take advan­tage of it and there has been noth­ing that has been more of a spec­ta­cle than the Bruce Jen­ner “Cait­lyn” busi­ness. But I see those try­ing to con­vince me that “Cait­lyn” Jen­ner is a man for their own pur­poses no dif­fer­ently than this:

I refuse to dance for a bunch of flim flam artists out to scoop up the gullible.

Update: Jazz Shaw makes a valid point here:

Any cit­i­zen in the United States can legally change their name through a vari­ety of avail­able meth­ods and I don’t con­sider it my place to ques­tion their choice. Like many other things we shall dis­cuss here today, I con­sider it a mat­ter of free speech. If the guy wants to be called Chelsea and files the appro­pri­ate paper­work, so be it. Chelsea it is. But to the best of my knowl­edge, Bruce Jen­ner has not taken those steps yet. If and when he does I shall be happy to call him Cait­lyn or what­ever else he chooses.

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Reg: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?
Francis: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
Reg: It’s symbolic of his struggle against reality.
Monty Python the Life of Brian 1979

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

Snark concerning the Bruce Caitlyn not withstand lets cut to the chase and deal with the principles here that actually matter.

1.  Bruce Jenner is a free American.  He has earned what he has through a lot of hard work.  If he has the delusion that he is a woman, wants to be treated as a woman,  chooses to use the wealth he has earned over the years to pay for expensive surgery to remove & insert different anatomical parts to present himself as a woman, chooses  to take hormones to produce feminine physical changes and wishes to be called “Caitlyn” all to support said delusion (or even make a buck off it) that’s his business

If this was just some avg schmuck with more money than he can spend instead of a world-famous Olympic champion this would just be another rich eccentric able to find people willing to support or enable their delusions for a price.

2.  If Bruce Jenner dressed like Napoleon, choose to speak only French, surgically reduced his height and paid people around him to shout:  “Vive l’empereur!” wherever he went around would not change the neutral objective fact that is is not Napoleon.  Likewise no amount of  hormones, dress up or even altering a birth certificate will change the objective fact that Bruce Jenner is male any more than a delusion he was a vampire would be objectively real if he had his incisors sharpened into points,  only came out at night, slept in a coffin and ran away at the sight of the Crucifix.

 Barbara McMannon nailed it in this tweet concerning the Vanity Fair Cover:

 3.  While as a free American I acknowledge Mr. Jenner’s right to live his delusion and the right of others to, for whatever reason, play along with it, I insist on my right as a free American to not to go along with it.  I further insist on my right as a free American to publicly state the objective provable fact Mr. Jenner is not in fact a woman named Caitlyn.

  As I’ve said over and over again about Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular, the reason to believe it & act accordingly is because it’s true.

4.  Any attempt by the current cultural elites to enforce a subjective opinion upon society to replace an objective fact is dishonest and dishonorable.  Any attempt to compel said opinion on any individual or on society by law is oppression.

Since the days of old there has been money to be made  & power to be had from a spectacle if it draws click or sells magazines there are those that will take advantage of it and there has been nothing that has been more of a spectacle than the Bruce Jenner “Caitlyn” business.  But I see those trying to convince me that “Caitlyn” Jenner is a man for their own purposes no differently than this:

I refuse to dance for a bunch of flim flam artists out to scoop up the gullible.

Update: Jazz Shaw makes a valid point here:

Any citizen in the United States can legally change their name through a variety of available methods and I don’t consider it my place to question their choice. Like many other things we shall discuss here today, I consider it a matter of free speech. If the guy wants to be called Chelsea and files the appropriate paperwork, so be it. Chelsea it is. But to the best of my knowledge, Bruce Jenner has not taken those steps yet. If and when he does I shall be happy to call him Caitlyn or whatever else he chooses.

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Remember the only way I can do this type of journalism is if enough people choose to kick in to support me making a nominal living doing it.

My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand Olimometer 2.52 That gets all the bills paid. (including my writers like Fausta)  If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire me a blogger to help me get it done. Consider Subscribing 100 Subscribers at $20 a month will get the job done.

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