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Ok, I’m going to jump into the debate over same-sex marriage. I realize that I will get criticism but that’s fine. Let me first ask you, have you actually considered both sides of the argument? I have. Have you even attempted to research both sides of the argument? I have; I encourage you to do so as well. For those of you that think “you are not Catholic” or “you were raised in a family that has been for same-sex marriage,” I highly advise that you don’t take that route. I once considered myself a devout Roman Catholic and I was confirmed. You could also say “it goes against my morals.” That is perfectly fine. I respect that. It’s fine that you have morals (which are socially constructed, might I add), and whether or not those morals are based upon the certain views of a religion, I respect that as well. But, I would like to requite something that is humorous, yet, gets the point across: “religion [like an opinion/ethics] is like a penis. It’s fine to have one. It’s fine to be proud of it… PLEASE do not try to shove it down my children’s throats.” Now, to my argument:
First, I want to separate homosexuality from same-sex marriage. I know many people that are against same-sex marriage, yet, are fine with homosexuality. That is perfectly fine. Those people have logical arguments and I respect their opinion. I also know people that are against homosexuality and believe that they should burn alive. Someone told this to one of my teachers (who was thought to be homosexual) and suggested that as his senior project topic; needless to say, I was infuriated, slightly by the point of view, but more so for the context in which it was presented. Anyways, what I’m trying to say is that your feelings towards same-sex marriage should not jade your viewpoint and cause you to ridicule law-abiding homosexual couples that are good people. I, personally, have two uncles that are homosexual and I love them with every ounce of my heart. Also, terms like “homosexual,” “heterosexual,” and “bisexual” and their respective meanings/connotations, like gender, are socially constructed. It just so happened that heterosexuality was dominant, thus, became more-socially acceptable. Also, if you think that it goes against the Catholic/Christian church, I’d like to say that Pope Francis even stated that he does not have the right to judge homosexual individuals.
Next, I’d like to talk about the argument stating that marriage is defined by the Church. This is false. Let’s be real, when people say “the Church,” they mean the Catholic Church (possibly other sects of Christianity). Implying such means that all other definitions of marriage [both related and non-related to religion] are not correct. We live in a society that is based upon monotheistic religions when this was not the case many years ago. Such monotheistic religions tend to be overbearing and “shove things down peoples’ throats.” What does this mean? You don’t see people of tribal/polytheistic religions going door-to-door to spread the “good news of the Lord” do you? In a sense, the monotheistic religion known as Catholicism/Christianity is right while all other religions are wrong. Then, there is the fact that marriage did not originate from the Catholic Church. There is much debate over the actual source of marriage, but it is suggested that polytheistic religions emphasized marriage in order to provide a stable environment in which children could develop (this means that Catholicism/Christianity adopted the concept of marriage). Could two men or two women not provide the same love, care, financial stability, and such, if not more, than any heterosexual couple? Also, many individuals in society choose to get married outside of the [Catholic/Christian] church. Is this illegal? No. Is this wrong? No. It is accepted when two individuals are joined together in a courtroom.
Now I’m going to talk about the Catholic/Christian religion and why I, personally, question the credibility of the arguments that people pose. Many “devout Catholics [or Christians]” claim that they know more than other people because of what is written in a book [the Bible]. For your information, many people have disproven scholarly books before, thus, arguments associated with such books can be considered “flawed.” Personally, I do not consider the Bible a piece of scholarly text considering the fact that it is based upon the perception of many writers. Those writers then developed those thoughts into hagiographies (meant to elevate and exaggerate the accomplishment(s) of an individual). And from there, the readers interpret/perceive the information differently, picking out what they like, often throwing out what they don’y like. What am I trying to say? The argument that “the Bible came from God [a supposed omnipotent and omnipresent being], thus, it must be right” is false. If you say that, you basically say that all the texts from which other religions are based are incorrect. Who can raise their hand and say “I was there, I heard and saw what Jesus said?” Almost no one, even if someone did say that, there is no way to prove that he/she witnessed such events. This is what I’m getting at. You can’t prove that anything written in the Bible actually happened. The bible is not a historical reference. Actually, many parts of the bible have either been altered or removed altogether in different forms of Christianity. If not, there are common mistranslations. For instance, in the Hebrew Bible, known to Christians as the “Old Testament,” there are a few stories that come to mind when I think of mistranslation/exaggeration. I will talk about the story of Moses and his escape from Egypt. This story states that those following Moses fled from Egypt, over many many miles of land, and crossed the Red Sea within a night. Is this really possible? Upwards of hundreds of thousands of individuals fled, including pregnant women, children, and elderly people. That is simply not feasible. Also, the term “Red Sea” is actually thought to be a mistranslation. In the Hebrew Bible, it translates to “Sea of Reeds.” Reeds do not grow in salt water, thus, it could’t have been the Red Sea. You can say “so? That has nothing to do with homosexuality.” Ok, let’s talk about homosexuality. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, an part of Judaism, the religion from which Christianity’s roots lay, Gilgamesh (a god) has homosexual feelings towards Enkidu (a demi-god). There are numerous stories that I could bring up, and I’m sure that further research could provide even more evidence.
People, I ask, “is same-sex marriage wrong?” This is subjective in the eyes of many. There are obviously benefits and costs that our legislative representatives must weigh before they can make informed decisions. I would write more, but I have homework to do. This is just my two-cents.
Since starting college, life has been interesting. I’ve found that it’s not all that great. Sure, people can go to parties but that’s not my scene. I’ve also found that I’ve been on Tumblr more since school started. Lastly, I find that I am really lonely (physically and emotionally). It doesn’t help that I constantly see the girl I’m in love with almost every day. By the way, she wants nothing to do with me…
I’ve been absent lol. But man, a week ago I had someone text me. I clearly stated that I wanted her out of my life but she made it seem like I was joking. Smh, funny girl lol
I’m sorry for being so absent, my life has been a little out of sync recently. I honestly don’t know who I am anymore. I wake up every morning, calm, cool, and collected. Then I horse around and joke with my dad. From there I head to school; up until first period, I have the strongest urge to punch someone in the face. When the bell rings and school starts, act three begins; I become an obnoxious asshole. I make sexual comments, snide remarks, and I say mean things. Is this really who I am? Sure, I can be a jerk. I could make life for all those around me a living hell. However, I suppress those feelings. I don’t know what it is about school, I act entirely different from how I act at home. I often get caught up in this personality, I have no sense of individuality. Seldom individuals realize that I am a liar, a chronic liar. My life, my personality, is all a lie. I don’t want to be the individual that I am at school. I want to be the cool, collected, and scholarly individual that I see myself as. I guess a turn of events this year really caused me to spiral downwards. I lost someone I really loved. I wake up every morning thinking of her. I catch myself thinking about her and how wonderful she is throughout the day. And I think of her as I fall asleep. Now, do know that I rarely mean it when I say that I “love” a person. But really, I can’t live a positive life without her. I liked her a lot, I truly did. But that isn’t why I loved her. She held a place in my heart, a piece of me that was never returned. Without it, I am nothing but a fraction of my true self. I’ll be honest, this is one of the main reasons as to why I cut myself. The rest, is partially for fun and because I am a screw up. If it wasn’t for people like her, I would be the most heartless person alive. I care little about others and have a bloodlust unlike any other individual. But she calmed that side of me. I really miss her, I want her back. But I know that it can never happen. I wish I could cry… I do… I just want to go away, far away and never come back.
Great, I got sent to the office today for the cuts on my arm. The meeting, although good intentioned, was pointless. I’m obviously not in emotional distress. Individuals seldom make designs when they are emotionally distressed. Whatever, time for a physical tomorrow.
Why the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger: The Chinese give a beautiful explanation to this. The thumb represents your parents. The index finger represents your siblings. The middle finger represents yourself. The ring finger represents your life partner. The little finger/pinky represents your children. Hold your hands together like the picture. Join your middle fingers back-to-back, and the remaining fingers tip-to-tip. Now, try to separate your thumbs. They will separate because your parents are not destined to live with you forever. Rejoin your thumbs and separate your index fingers. They will separate because your siblings will have their own families and lead their own lives. Rejoin your index fingers and separate your little fingers/pinkies. They will separate because your children will grow up, get married, and settle down. Rejoin your little fingers/pinkies and try to separate your ring finger. They will not be able to separate because your life partner is meant to be with you throughout your entire life, through thick and thin.
I tried harder to separate them and I only ended up hurting my middle fingers, in other words, “mysel-
…Oh my god.
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