Mark Steyn’s essay on gay marriage makes me rethink my position

Mark Steyn, syndiciated columnist

Mark Steyn,
syndicated columnist

Syndicated columnist Mark Steyn wrote an essay on gay marriage which added an important element to my view on the subject.   I sent the following letter to the editor of my local paper, the Orange County  Register, in response.  My basic premise is that technology, while making life easier, is also removing the human element from our culture.

Letter to the Editor OC Register  4/1/13

Re Mark Steyn’s essay of 3/31/13 “Downward mobility in the age of fairness”

Mr Steyn makes a lot of sense in his well-written (would that I could write so  interestingly) essay.   Marriage has become a side dish in American culture which marches relentlessly into the technological fog while shedding one by one the organic organs that make it human, marriage being one of these.  I don’t know what this country will look like in the next few generations with Microsoft and Apple in the driver’s seat.  How do I connect these two behemoths with the institution of marriage?  I’m not too sure exactly except that technology, which is inevitable, has taken over and the sacred relationship: marriage,  is drowning in its wake.  Technology is creating a mad scramble for the “machine” that will solve all our problems and marriage has become a problem.  So why not change its parameters?  Expand its scope and meaning.  Move from the pen to the keyboard.   Make marriage an “unproblem” by fitting it into the vast motherboard of ons and offs, ones and zeros.  Take out the sacred to make it fit.  Take it down a notch or two, or ten.

Mr Steyn changed my mind today.  Until I read his essay I thought:  “Why not include gays?  Don’t they have the same rights as heteros?”  The answer is of course they do.  But are their unions sacred?  Do they further or retard cultural humanity?  There is no way to stop what is happening.  The Supreme court will not and cannot stop what is happening.  Just as divorce has become common place, so will gay marriage.  The sacred will lose the war with its enemy technology.  And what makes people human is dying with it.

This boy is amazing.  Watch the video and see for yourself what one person can do with a single idea.

Life Is Like That

A homeless 13-year-old Filipino won a very prestigious award for his commitment to improving the lives of fellow street kids. Cris “Kesz” Valdez, who lived off a trash dump and slept in an open tomb for the majority of his childhood, was awarded last year’s International Children’s Peace Prize in The Hague on September 19, 2012. 
 
Gifts of Hope
For his seventh birthday, Kesz didn’t want any presents for himself. Instead, he wanted to give something to other street children: Gifts of Hope. That same year, Kesz started his own organization, Championing Community Children, aimed at giving street children hope and showing them that they can take their future into their own hands. Every week, he and his friends go to underprivileged communities to teach children about hygiene, food and children’s rights. He even takes things a step further, by teaching children how to teach each other. He…

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This is a good essay about the silver lining within the dark cloud. The video music is also very sweet.

A is for

“Tragedy may have shaped me,

but it will notdefine me.”

-R. DeArcos

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We all know that life isn’t all unicorns and cupcakes (though wouldn’t it be awesome it if was?), and you could probably count on one hand the people you run into  who haven’t had anything terrible happen to them. Basically, what I am saying is that most of us have brushes and full on crashes with tragedy. It can come in the form of losing a love one, to financial ruin, all the way to an accident that leaves you with a disability. Whatever form it chooses to come in and no matter what the outcome, it has inevitably shaped your life in one way or the other. However, no matter how terrible the tragedy, we know that moving on is the most important part that comes out of an ordeal. No matter if it left you with a ding…

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Video: Rupert Sheldrake

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Rupert Sheldrake

If you, like me,  have an interest in science vs philosophy vs religion – Sheldrake questions scientist’s view that there are laws of nature –  Sheldrake says that these are not “laws” but rather “habits” and “resonances”

These videos were posted  in a reply on the blog

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No one can know the future – but in some, it is expected.

Monday  February 18, 2013

Dear Readers,

I had a phone conversation with my “baby” brother this week.  It wasn’t very polite.  Lots of shouting and accusatory language.  I just wanted to share my insight.  I got mocking laughter in return.  But he had to have this insight that I received from the Universe as a result of our previous, more polite conversation.  Continue reading