Sunday, 23 November 2008

The Art of Vegemite (on toast)

7 comments:

Hazumu Osaragi said...

that was...bitchin'

sumptos devil s advocate said...

http://narcissists-suck.blogspot.com/2008/11/pathological-envy-vs-thanksgiving.html

You know, wanting to change your sex can be seen as ingratitude for the sex God has already given you. I've read you should consider your birth sex as a gift from God, which only the wicked would turn aside.

Zoe Brain said...

Yes, well it could be seen as that. Except for one tiny little detail.

You see, God (if He exists) sees fit to change the birth sex of a few people. People like, oh, me for example.

And for that, I am truly and eternally grateful.

The whole point about narcissism is that it involves consistent ingratitude and self-centeredness. That's not consistent with the quiet activism that many TS and IS people display, trying to help others.

So I'd say the whole thesis is disproven, and obviously so. Exploded completely, in fact. This would then raise the question of why some people continue to hold that view, people who try to demean and even demonise others who have been persecuted as "wicked", when it's so blatantly untrue.

That comes under the heading "bearing false witness". Propagating known falsehoods out of malice, or, to be more charitable, because if they ever had to admit they were wrong, they'd have to take on an enormous burden of well-deserved guilt. It's because their consciences are disturbed that they have to re-double their efforts to malign those they persecute, in order to hide their shame from themselves.

That's all too human.

Nica said...

Yay!

Awesome, Zoe!

Anonymous said...

You know, wanting to change your sex can be seen as ingratitude for the sex God has already given you. I've read you should consider your birth sex as a gift from God, which only the wicked would turn aside.

Tell that to the fishes.

The Don

Laserlight said...

Let's look at the logic. The assumption that "God made me exactly the way He wants me" falls apart on the most cursory examination. If you're nearsighted, do you wear glasses, or do you accept that God made you that way? Have you moved from the town where you were born? Do you wear clothes? When you had appendicitis or a kidney stone or cancer or flu, did you go for treatment? Have you gone on a diet, lost a few pounds? Exercised? Trimmed your hair, beard, fingernails? When the man blind from birth asked Our Lord for his sight, was the reply "Sorry, God made you that way, you'll just have to cope with it"?
In addition to being illogical, this argument violates the Commandment "Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord in vain"--which means "Do not apply God's name to lend weight to your own claim." If God didn't say it, don't say that He did.

sumptos devil s advocate said...

Well, there is nothing wrong with being a boy or a girl.