2001-6-17 10:52:00

Jalen writes:

"I was listening to a church radio station recently when the pastor brought up the topic of homosexuality. He was protesting the fact that in public schools today it's forbidden to even mention the word God, or Jesus, or anything that has to do with spirituality, or religion. But it's openly accepted, and even encouraged in some cases to express beliefs on homosexuality, and freedom of sexual choice. Many public schools strongly support this now, and even bringing public speakers to talk to the students about "coming out of the closet". In one school they conducted a survey asking grade 9 students how many times they had sexual encounters with the same sex, and they did not even leave a spot for zero. It went from 1-3, 4-6, 6-20, and so on. Recently a high school student friend of mine was attacked by her peers for expressing her disapproval homosexual acts."

This is somewhat off topic, but I'm sure new people will be interested in the answer.

First, as to the reason behind why some are gay - I have already written quite a bit about this. If you were to type in gay and homosexual in the archive search you should be able retrieve some interesting writings on it. Perhaps Anni can dig up some selections on this.

Even so, it sounds as if Jalen's question has more to do with a lack of fair play that often happens in the political spectrum than the rightness or wrongness of the gay lifestyle.

The truth is that all things go in cycles, lesser cycles and greater cycles. Society has gone from one extreme to the other. In a greater cycle, if we look back to the time of Moses, we see that there was no tolerance for gays or any other lifestyle that did not conform to the norm. Not only the Jews, but many other ancient societies put many non conformists to death and demanded strict adherence to the morality of the day.

Now when we switch over to our day we see that society has leaped over to the other extreme. Instead of judging all things down to the finest detail we have went to the extreme of not judging anything.

Instead of having strict codes of morality where there is a right and wrong to all things we are drifting toward the idea that there is no right or wrong to anything.

We can also see this playing out in a lesser cycle. Up until the Sixties there was strong censorship, suppression of minorities and condemnation of the gay lifestyle and many other deviations from the norm.

After this, our tolerance became very liberalized to the extent that it seems to some that people can go to most any extreme and we will embrace it.

A while back we taught about the pendulum principle and this tells us that it is natural for humanity to swing from one extreme to another as they pass through various cycles. Both extremes are wrong, but the truth can always be found somewhere in the middle after examining the knowledge learned at both ends of the pendulum.

We are currently passing through a phrase where the "liberal" philosophy has been dominant and conservative values are often laughed into oblivion. This has created what has seen to be an unfair power of the political left to get their way and manipulate the media.

But, 50-60+ years ago it was the other way around. Then the conservative had charge of the media and the famous comics were people like Will Rodgers, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby - a total different breed from George Carlin, Bill Mahr and Rosie O'Donnel.

During both extremes there has been unfairness and I am always against that which is unfair even if my political viewpoint benefits from it.

We must keep in mind that good comes out of these extremes, because the extreme shows us where the illusion is and when we begin to swing back in the other direction we take some lessons with us and create better values for ourselves.

Even now the die has been cast to turn the pendulum in the other direction and the conservatives are fighting hard to be heard. The pendulum is swinging and will swing back on the conservative side again, but things will never return to the way they were. We will take lessons with us and the next fifty years will be ruled by much more common sense than was the early part of the 20th century, or the latter for that matter. Some will argue that point as we are passing through it, but several hundred years from now the cycle will be obvious.