Social Construction

 

“As soon as someone says that truth is socially constructed, unless he is simply addled, he has already declared himself to be a liar, or at least to be in no great opposition to liars.”

“If a man claims to be a woman, which he can never be, and demands to be addressed as such, he is not merely asking for right etiquette. He is demanding that we enter his delusion, or his lie. It is not true. He is demanding that believers in God fall in worship of an idol. Some idols are hideous, like Moloch, and some are beautiful, like Dionysus. The Hebrew prophets did not care. They did not condemn the idols for their style. They condemned them for being false. We have names for people who accustom themselves to speaking what they know to be untrue. We call them scoundrels, or cowards.”

– Anthony Esolen, Sex and the Unreal City

Anthony Esolen is no mincer of words.

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  1. Randy Webster Member
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    I think addled covers it more than liar.  See Hanlon’s Razor.

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  2. EODmom Coolidge
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    I think addled covers it more than liar. See Hanlon’s Razor.

    Maybe the liars are the ones who happily endorse and encourage the delusion. Addled + lying liar = false awful mess. 

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  3. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    Anthony will be cancelled for daring to utter such truths. 

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  4. Aaron Miller Member
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    There could be no more obvious lie than that a person can change sex. Anyone who does not reject crossdressing is a worthless ally against the Left’s advances. 

    We are not near an end of depravity because there is no end. There will always be further degradations, corruption, and nonsense. If you shrug at crossdressing (not done in jest), you are welcoming the next obscenity.

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  5. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Esolen is in my top three favorite writers. He often occupies the #1 slot for truth-telling such as this. 

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  6. MiMac Thatcher
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    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Anthony will be cancelled for daring to utter such truths.

    Too late- he already left Providence College rather than submit to lies

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  7. MiMac Thatcher
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    Socially constructed just means  “ the truth is there is no truth”- which violates the law of non contradiction thereby disproving the idea undergirding the left

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  8. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Great quote, and True.  It was difficult for me to figure out how to respond to the “trans-woman” at work-I just could not accept his “new name” and attempts to look like a female, which were pitiful and totally ineffective.  I just avoided the person as much as possible, until he was let go in one of the layoffs.

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  9. Aaron Miller Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Great quote, and True. It was difficult for me to figure out how to respond to the “trans-woman” at work-I just could not accept his “new name” and attempts to look like a female, which were pitiful and totally ineffective. I just avoided the person as much as possible, until he was let go in one of the layoffs.

    Everyone’s a sinner and it’s possible to tolerate all sorts of foibles, since no flaw completely defines anybody. But few misbehaviors are so blatant and unavoidable as a lie you literally can’t ignore while speaking to someone. 

    There should probably be some effort to show interest in the person beyond the lie. But when a person actively lies to you, it’s reasonable to address it then and there, every time. If a crossdresser wants to stop being called on it and be treated primarily for other aspects, he or she can stop crossdressing. 

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