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Of Transgender Men and Dragons: Is Truth Relative? April 13, 2016 by Richard Nelson

According to a survey by George Barna several years ago, most Americans reject the idea of absolute truth. Nearly two-thirds of respondents believed that “truth is based on feelings and “relative to the person and their situation.” Ok, the survey is a bit dated, but if anything, too many Americans have demonstrated by their words and actions they actually believe this. A recent story in National Review about a transgender man who wants to become a mythological dragon illustrates the absurdity of this thinking. Scales have been tattooed on his face, horns implanted on his head, teeth extracted, ears removed and tongue sliced to appear reptilian.  As sad as this is, it doesn't really make this human being into a dragon.

GK Chesterton reminds us that truth doesn't originate with us. Nor are people the final arbiters of it. “The moment you step into the world of facts, you step into a world of limits. You can free things from alien or accidental laws, but not from the laws of their own nature," Chesterson said. "You may, if you like, free a tiger from his bars; but do not free him from his stripes. Do not free a camel from the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel."

When biological men say they are really women and a human being says they are really a mythological beast, they are badly mistaken.  Thanks to moral relativism gone wild, they may feel emancipated but in reality they've only succeeded in becoming something less than what they were made to be.

 



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