I secured another month on the server to take advantage of the opportunities that clearing the field and starting over has given me. There were some things about MRA and the politics involved that never sat right with me. In retrospect, I don’t think I was entirely free to be honest, because I felt that there was some pressure to be part of a “movement,” which I’ve discovered really doesn’t exist. All that did – and does – exist is some people vying for people’s attention with varying levels of success. That’s all a movement comes down to anyway.
Well, I’m not going to say I don’t want any attention, but just a little is fine for now. It’s probably better given what I’m going to say, because a lot of people won’t like it.
The egalitarian ideology underlying MRA is exactly the problem we’ve faced from the beginning. Everyone who argues for “equality” – feminist or MRA – is part of this problem. It has never been achieved, and it never will. In fact, it is the main source of our struggles today. It has already served its purpose as a political litmus test/rhetorical device for far too long, and by now it has devolved into a pathological cult that inspires people to the stupidest and most backward kind of religious fundamentalist thought.
Do you think Creationism is silly and incredibly stupid? Well, how about the idea that men and women are inherently the same, except for “society?” Does that strike you as reasonable? If so, you might have a few blind spots here and there, to put it delicately.
There is only one kind of equality:
We are all equally subject to the laws of nature. Or, if you prefer to think of it in conventional religious terms, we are all equally subject to God’s law.
That’s it. Other equalities are purely imaginary. They do not exist, except in fantasy. They are what should be accurately called “articles of faith.” But they are faith in lies, which is harmful whether you think it’s merely irrational or inspired by the Prince of Lies himself.
So when I hear MRAs demanding “equality,” I don’t even think it’s useful or cute any longer. At best, it’s stupid, and at worst it’s a dangerous lie.
That said, I’ve had some time to study recently. Not as much as I’d like, but I have picked up a few books by some very perceptive fellows. What has occupied most of my attention is psychology, which has undergone a revolution over the last fifteen or twenty years as scientists have finally begun to gain some understanding (although still surprisingly little) of how our brains work. In conjuntion with these discoveries, the field of genetics has blossomed. It, too, is still in its infancy, but both psychology and genetics have advanced to the point where scientists can clearly see certain aspects of how our genes influence our minds.
It’s really fascinating stuff, because the more one learns the deeper the mysteries appear. There are many unanswered questions, and many will doubtless remain so for decades – if not millennia – to come. However, we are on the cusp of a revolution in how we understand ourselves. Certain unanswered questions are now nearing resolution, and some commonly accepted ideas have been discredited. For example, the idea that we are born a “blank slate” upon which circumstance scribbles us into ourselves has been thoroughly debunked.
I’ve come up with a few of my own ideas after reading and considering the evidence. They are not fully formed at this point, so I’ll leave them unwritten for now, but they concern the human religious experience, which I have come to understand much better in light of these genetic and psychological breakthroughs.
I have long been fascinated by the concept of faith and religion, despite being an agnostic for as long as I can remember. Finally, I have come across a conscious understanding of it. Whether I’m right or not, it’s a personal conceptual breakthrough, and I’d like to share it when I feel ready to do so.
Hope you are all well!