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No Time



I've been extremely busy as of late. I haven't even been to my site in the last 3 days, much less check comments. I'll get to them soon....hopefully.

But with a spare 5 minutes I'm going to address one possible misunderstanding.

Choice.

I did not mean to imply I think anyone wakes up one morning and says, "I'm going to become homosexual", or "I'm going to be fat". Nor can anyone say, "Oh, homosexuality is bad? Then I choose to not be one, starting tomorrow at 9:37 AM." No, that's ridiculous.

A more accurate way of saying it would be that if you take any specific situation that you are in, or any state of mind, you reached that state through the choices you made. Sure, there were outside factors, but you chose how you would respond to those outside influences. You may not have been aware of all the choices you made, or aware of all the possibilities, but you made choices nonetheless. Therefore, I would be more accurate in saying that I believe that engaging in homosexual behavior is, at the very least, a culmination of many choices you made. Even a genetic disposition to a fiery temper or bipolar disorder or beautiful skin can be altered by choices you make.

Someone said on a blog that although some people can lose weight, most people simply can't lose weight, they have no choice. That's clearly bull. There are a very small number of people who have dysfunctions of the hormonal system that regulates appetite and/or metabolism, but even that can be regulated through medicine. If you want to say most people lack the willpower and can't seem to lose weight, I would agree with you. But willpower is also a choice. And I struggle with my weight, too, by the way.

I've already spoken about the norms of physical attraction and how they vary wildly enough from society to society and over time that physical gender markers cannot explain homosexuality. I've also discussed how attraction can be cultivated by choice. I've mentioned that the sexual act itself is mechanical (although influenced by attraction as well as emotional factors). So many aspects can be affected by the choices we make. I'm not going to reiterate my logic right now, I simply don't have the time today. But I wanted to clear up that the issue of choice. Would it be more clear to say that I believe that homosexual behavior is entirely within your control?

Enough. I'll probably have more to say after I get the time to read comments, but my next post (tomorrow or the day after), will explain the utility of anecdotal evidence and logic in debate, particularly in the refuting of or absence of hard statistical evidence.
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