July 9, 2012 · By David Mann · 1 Comments
In the course of various discussions about frequently debated subjects, I have observed that there are some people whose viewpoints indicate that they live in the real world, and others whose viewpoints indicate that they live in a fantasy world. By the latter, I refer to people who assume that certain things are true that really aren’t, and that certain things have happened that never really did or could.
Sometimes their assumptions are stated directly; other times they make assumptions in their statements that they would not actually come right out and admit to, and that they might not even realize they’re making. Most such people seem to simply not know better, because they’ve been taught all their lives that the fantasy world is real. But often, all it takes to see the difference between the real world and the fantasy world is to recognize the difference between how things actually work and how some people wish they worked.
In the fantasy world, the right thing for a person to do is whatever the person happens to want to do. They should not expect to have to take responsibility for their actions, nor to experience the consequences of those actions.
In the real world, the right thing for a person to do is very often not what they naturally want to do. Responsibility must take precedence over rights, and natural consequences for all actions are to be expected.
In the fantasy world, skin color is a stronger distinguishing factor than gender — a person’s race makes a great deal of difference, while their gender makes none. In fact, the genders are entirely interchangeable for all purposes, even sexual ones.
In the real world, race is superficial and meaningless, and gender is not. Each gender, particularly in family contexts, has distinct and irreplaceable roles and abilities. A man cannot be a wife or mother, and a woman cannot be a husband or father.
In the fantasy world, one has the right to any sexual partner, or partners, they want, and neither moral nor even legal considerations should be allowed to get in the way.
In the real world, sex needs to be kept within very specific boundaries because it comes with great power and, therefore, great responsibility.
In the fantasy world, abortion clients are almost exclusively married women who have too many children already and cannot afford birth control, or women who require it for medical reasons. Therefore abortion is a vital and indispensable service, as well as one that poses no risk or harm to women. It is also acceptable because a child doesn’t actually become human until birth, or perhaps shortly thereafter.
In the real world, abortion clients are primarily young girls who are not ready to be having sex in the first place, and whose partners are neither qualified nor willing to make appropriate commitments to them; many have gotten pregnant while using ineffective pills or condoms provided to them by “family planning” clinics hoping to get business from them. Effective birth control (a.k.a. “conception prevention”) is inexpensive and readily available to those who actually need it, and cases where there might arguably be medical justification for abortion are extremely rare. Abortion is also objectionable because a child is fully human once conceived, regardless of what state of development they’re in (generally an advanced one by the time the mother even knows she’s pregnant), and because it causes significant psychological — and, frequently, physical — harm to women.
In the fantasy world, homosexuality is a black-and-white, innate and unchangeable orientation, and the only difference between “gay” people and others is that the former are naturally sexually attracted to their own gender instead of the opposite one.
In the real world, same-sex attraction is a behavioral disorder, largely based in environmental and experiential factors, that occurs in a full range of severity. It does not lend itself to relationships that are stable and monogamous beyond superficial appearances. Like other such issues it tends to be very deeply entrenched, but it has frequently been overcome by those who have recognized the need for doing so.
In the fantasy world, science has shown that any kind of greater, supreme Designer is such an absolute impossibility that the very idea must not be discussed or even mentioned among intelligent people. The idea that life came together by itself via entirely natural processes is a firm certainty requiring no further proof than already exists.
In the real world, our lives and everything around us — as fallen and imperfect as it all has become — cannot be explained without reference to the Creator. The idea that life came together by itself via entirely natural processes, regardless of its popularity among otherwise intelligent people, has been shown by modern discoveries to be absolutely impossible. It is not an inevitable, or even reasonable, conclusion from the evidence, but can only serve as the starting assumption for what is ultimately a make-believe scenario.
The problem with living in the fantasy world is that, ultimately, everyone will be subject to the rules and conditions of the real world. Therefore, the sooner any given person leaves the fantasy world to come live in the real one, the better.
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