Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chastity: PART ONE (Masturbation and the Virtues)

What I've been trying to do so far with this blog is show what good is. That is, I've been trying to present a very basic background of traditional morality so that readers can have a starting point. This is a major part of the blog, and I think it's incredibly important. What I think is equally important though is showing how to be good. This sounds like a pretty lofty, and perhaps even arrogant, goal, but I don't mean in that way. I mean, assuming you are a person who either already accepts what I've been arguing here, or you're a person who thinks traditional moralists are on to something and don't like the way things are going, you're probably going to want to change or fix what you think isn't right. What I want this series to focus on specifically is sexual purity. More specifically, if pornography and masturbation are actually bad, and one wants to be good, how can he escape these things, which are an enormous part of his life? A disclaimer: some things in here could be graphic, but anything that may seem inappropriate in this post or this series, I think, is necessary to the points I'm trying to make.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

LGBT 2: Gay is the New Black

I covered a lot of this in my first LGBT post, but there's a couple of things I wanted to add. I see this enormously bad argument made all the time: that opposing gay marriage is equivalent to opposing interracial marriage. And it bugs me. I plan on doing a post (or a series of posts) on gay marriage (and marriage in general---probably marriage in general first), but I just wanted to throw this out here while it's on my mind.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Good, The Bad, and the Homosexual: OBJECTIONS (Born This Way)

First things first. The picture to the left, the Lady Gaga album cover, is absolutely hilarious. The first time I saw it, I think I was in a Starbucks, and I couldn't stop laughing to myself. Almost to the point of people looking at me. She's like, "Guyyyys, I'm a motorcycle, stop discriminating against me! I was born this way!" I still can't look at that picture without at least snickering. Anyway, this objection isn't really as much of an objection as it is its own (bad) argument, but because it runs directly contrary to most natural law principles and because it's so popular, it's worth addressing. Also, it's a place where I can address where I think homosexuality, as a condition, comes from.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Gay Film and Living a Lie

This is a pretty difficult topic to discuss actually. Because if I discuss it, people will think that I'm like a huge hypocrite who watches gay movies for the sex. (I can hear grumblings right now: "I thought he was supposed to be celibate and Catholic...") But that's not why I watch them. At least, I try to make sure that's not why I'm watching them. It's a tough thing being a single adult male. You're constantly concerned that maybe you shouldn't be watching what you're watching. "Should I watch this?" And in a way that question is embarrassing. Because it's like, you're a man. Man up and deal with sexual things; don't be a prude. But at the same time, you are well aware what happens when you watch something you shouldn't. You watch more. And more. And then it's too late. (I'll discuss this in much more detail in an upcoming post on how to fight the pornography/masturbation habit.) Anyway, I am sure to be careful whenever I watch a gay film. If it's clearly a movie that exists solely for the gratuitous sex scenes (which are a good percentage of them), I turn it off. It's a difficult balance sometimes determining when something has value and when it's just about sex, but it's doable. Anyway, this post will actually get interesting, even if right now you're thinking, "this is gonna be gross...." Hang in there.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Homosexual: PART THREE (Natural Law and the Perverted Faculty)

This is by far the most difficult of the posts to write because it comes with so many automatic objections. At any rate, what I'm going to try to do is lay out the main arguments here and answer the obvious objections in later posts. Again, please see PART ONE and PART TWO first before moving on to this part.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

LGBT

As I finish up PART THREE in the series (it should be up tomorrow or the next day), I thought I'd mention something I came across. I feel like I get way too much information from Yahoo! (I, for some reason, find it hilarious that I was compelled to include the exclamation point) News. But I saw this on there: Link. In it, a kid, during some sort of awards ceremony, comes out to the whole (or a big portion of) the school (or some thing). It is, in my opinion, a pretty underwhelming video, but that may be because the crowd seems to be made up of a bunch of loud idiots. I bring this to the readers' attention  not because I want to make fun of the audience or stupid audiences in general; there's something about it I want to discuss. Namely, the refocusing of the moral question as it applies to sexuality. Here, I'll paste his speech for easy reference:

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Homosexual: PART TWO (Goodness, Being, and Life)

I think this part of the argument is actually the most controversial (and perhaps complex), so I'll do my best with it. Here I will make the step from the underlying metaphysics to moral claims. Please see my previous post on the underlying metaphysics before reading this post. It is positively vital to understanding this.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Anonymous

As I finish up part two of the natural law series (part ZERO and part ONE here) (it looks like it's gonna be more parts than I initially thought), I thought I'd throw in a more personal post. I imagine different readers like different things, and sometimes I just want to talk. So, this post is about, what I guess can be called, "coming out," but it's also about sexual anonymity in general. Here goes.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Homosexual: PART ONE (Introduction to Metaphysics)

You see, approaching this has been a bit difficult. On one hand, I don't want to make it too technical and full of jargon, otherwise it won't appeal to a large portion of readers. On the other hand (I used to tutor non-English-speaking Asian students in English, and "on the other hand" was one of the hardest idioms to explain to them for some reason; they thought it just meant the next thing on the list, not an alternative), if I make it simple, people will jump all over it because there looks like gaps in the argument that would have been addressed had I teased everything out. This, I think, is a problem with philosophy in general. But I'll do my best to include things I think absolutely necessary while avoiding things that I think will just confuse or belabor the point I'm trying to make. Let me know if I fail miserably.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Homosexual: PART ZERO (Why This Approach?)

Part Zero? The anticipation must be killing you. No, I decided, as I work on the other sections, to provide a little preface here. I want to explain why I'm going about tackling this issue this way; that is, with a focus on philosophy and a skepticism toward religious doctrine and theology. I think it's an important question to answer before I jump in. Furthermore, I want to limit a number of criticisms up front.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Homosexual: An Overview

As this will surely be my most comprehensive collection of posts, I have decided to split it into multiple sections. I figure that it will feel less overwhelming if I do it this way. In this running series, I will be discussing the philosophy behind natural law as it applies to human sexuality. Many of the ideas I present here will not be my own and will merely be helpful summaries of other great thinkers. I do hope that I am able to add meaningful content, though, and I think, considering my somewhat unique position, I will be able to. Most importantly, what I'll be trying to do is collect and explain as best I can the underlying philosophy of traditional sexual morality. I have found very few places that provide both the initial argument and rigorous defenses against criticisms of the position. This is supposed to be just that.

A Little Bit About Myself

I was going to include all of this in the first post, but it's probably better to separate it out. Because I am just that interesting of a person. No, but that first post was getting a little long. As I said, I am interested in anonymity (a post on why later), so I doubt I will revealing much about my life that would be recognizable to friends and family. At the same time, I'll include any detail I think necessary (and answer anything I left out in the comments).

Friday, January 11, 2013

Greetings

I suppose it best to begin this project with an introduction. I am a gay, celibate Catholic man. I have been encouraged to start this blog because people have appreciated some of the things I have written in the past on other websites (and somewhat in the comments here). I have been hesitant to start for a couple of reasons, though. One, I prefer anonymity, especially as it concerns this topic. Two, I am going to be discussing philosophical issues, and such discussions often lead to a number of difficult complications that take a significant amount of time to work through. But I have decided that these concerns should not stop me from trying, especially considering the fact that there is nothing out there (as far as I can tell) that approaches these issues how I plan to here.