Transgenderism and objective truth
As Ben Shapiro is fond of saying, facts don't care about your feelings.
When a man who teaches shop class in a Canadian high school showed up with giant fake prosthetic "breasts" and was supported by school administrators, it sparked a national debate south of the border as conservative podcasters jumped on it. How have we slid this far? But the root is much deeper than transgenderism: It is a rejection of objective truth that leaves the school incapable of forming an intellectually or morally coherent response.
We live in a world where we constantly hear about someone speaking "his truth" or "her truth." But truth belongs to no one: There are opinions, and there are objective facts. The transgender craze is part of a wider rejection of objective truth. Biology and anatomy are tossed aside as the only thing that matters is someone's feelings. But as Ben Shapiro is fond of saying, facts don't care about your feelings.
Because the school rejects the idea of objective truth, they have no grounds to say which expressions of "gender identity" are appropriate and which are extreme examples of gender dysphoria, a weird sexual fetish or an elaborate attempt at trolling. Rejecting objective truth means that any attempt to draw a line on cross-sex expression of gender is arbitrary. The school is forced to support the teacher because they have been cornered by their own ideology. They cannot allow any cracks in their fragile theology.
Sex actually is real. Whether they admit it or not, everyone instinctively knows that a grown man wearing giant fake "breasts" with hard protruding nipples is totally absurd. This is Clown World, and everyone knows it.
But the conscious and intentional rejection of objective truth has much deeper ramifications for our culture. All hope of national or cultural unity is gone if we cannot even agree that some basic facts exist and that we cannot make up our own reality. We will always have different worldviews and ways of interpreting the meaning of facts before us, but we need to be able to agree that basic facts exist. If we are guided by our feelings only with no tether to reality, then we as individuals and our society will become increasingly unstable.
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