Friday, June 27, 2014
Perception as Reality
During the Lincoln-Douglas debates in the summer of 1858, Abraham Lincoln was debating Stephen A. Douglas on the subject of slavery. Lincoln felt that Douglas was presenting spurious arguments in favor of allowing States to decide for themselves whether to be slave-owning or disallowing slave ownership.
Douglas maintained that any State, anywhere, at any time, had a right to have slavery if the majority of its citizens voted for it. And he didn’t care whether they voted it up or down. His celebrated slogan was this: “Let each State mind its own business and let its neighbors alone.”
Lincoln replied, “In Judge Douglas’s thinking slavery is right and my thinking is wrong is the precise fact upon which depends the whole controversy. He contends that whatever community wants slaves has a right to have them. So they have, IF it is not a wrong. But if it IS a wrong, he cannot say people have a right to do wrong.”
His arguments, Lincoln said had got down to the point where they were as thin as “soup made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death.” He [Douglas] was using specious and fantastic arguments of word, by which a man can prove a horse-chestnut to be a chestnut horse.”
If Lincoln were alive today, he could clearly make the same arguments against the LGBT community and other morally–challenged individuals who advocate for allowing homosexuals in society and the military. Their arguments of alleged “rights” are degrading society and are no more rights than the so-called rights of slave-owners to hold slaves.
We are cast adrift into a sea of raging immorality and will likely flounder if we remain no longer tied to eternal values as reflected in the Judeo-Christian scriptures upon which our nation was founded.
In his debates with Douglas, Lincoln stated, “If a man will stand up and assert, and repeat and assert and reassert, that two and two do not make four, I know nothing that will stop him. I cannot work and argument into the consistency of a mental gag and actually close his mouth with it.”
Lincoln’s remarks remind us of the passage in the book or Proverbs where it says, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.” (Proverbs 26:4-5 NIV)
I often say, “You can’t fix stupid!”
Too many in positions of leadership live by the cliché, “Perception is reality,” and through false assumptions inherit in Common Core are teaching our youth and our society that two and two does not necessarily make four. Morally-challenged leaders continually assert that if they say something often enough it becomes reality, because they say so.
For individuals to continually reassert that marriage is not limited to relationships between a man and a woman or to say that restrooms and locker rooms must be jointly used by both genders based upon nothing more than an assertion that a person “feels” they are of a gender other than the one they were born with is ludicrous. God calls it sin and warns mankind of the eternal danger they are placing themselves in!
Such arguments fall into the very categories cited by Lincoln in his debates with Douglas; “using specious and fantastic arguments of word, by which a man can prove a horse-chestnut to be a chestnut horse.”