‘Common Sense’ Category Archives

18
Aug

RELIGION, REASON AND SCIENCE: how to not get confused about them.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, God, Science, Truth

Human beings are, potentially at least, rational beings.
It’s a work in progress for us, not open to inanimate creatures.
That fact we can know with certitude.
Upshots of that big certainty are some derivative certainties – the reality of God, the immortal soul of man and the actuality of Natural Moral Law.
These are rational certainties – not just probabilities or hypotheses.
Science and revealed religion are in a different league – both offer probabilities, sometimes useful, but never 100 per cent assurance.
What price the idea that science is the one way to truth?
It’s self-contradictory wishful thinking.
Well, can’t the same be said of revealed religion?
Perhaps there’s a difference – due to God being necessarily real and rational – which the objects addressed by science aren’t.
Could that make one’s religious experience trustworthy to a degree that scientific knowledge can’t be?

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24
Jul

GENDER DYSPHORIA: existent, non-existent or existent-but-vanishingly-rare? is it the exception that over-rides every rule?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Common Sense, Ethics, Health, Lifestyle, Politics

Special clinics for children with suspected “gender dysphoria” are getting busier.
Protagonists of the “Safe Schools” program say one child in 25 is affected. Many are submitted to hormone treatments etc.
Official figures (published 2013) suggest that, in fact, less than one in 40 children have “dysphoric” symptoms, even on a temporary basis.
And that most of them, if left alone, spontaneously lose their symptoms.
Long-term dysphoria persisting into adulthood affects no more than 14 persons per million population.
None of this proves anything much except that fanatics – including gender-fluidity fanatics – don’t mind bending statistics.
This whole issue is obviously not one of statistics.
It’s a philosophical and ethical problem.
Is there, or is there not, such a thing as Natural Moral Law?
If there is, then we should abide by it.
(source: DSM-5)

20
Jun

THE LGBTI “COMMUNITY”: a bit of a myth?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Family, Health, Justice, Lifestyle

Does the so-called LGBTI community really exist?
Doesn’t “community” mean a group of people united by certain shared characteristics.
Persons calling themselves LGB or T arguably share nothing but a denial.
Like everybody, their real-world identity is written into the genetic make-up of every cell in their body.
But their lives are denials of that fact.
The “I” group is different. What they share is having a genetic structure which objectively makes them different. Something real.
So in that sense, they are a community.
LGBT-identifiers, while living out their self-perceptions, shouldn’t try to impose on others the notion that they are normal.
They should be offered help to modify their identifications (should they choose to request it).
They should not seek to raise children in “same-sex” households.
Anybody who “bullies” them should be punished – the same as should anybody who bullies anybody for any reason.

17
Apr

“GIRLS NEED TO BE FREE”: do they? is it even possible? what about the rest of us?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Family, God, Happiness, Media, Women

Steve Biddulph’s latest book is “Ten Things Girls Need Most: To Grow Up Strong and Free”.
Was “free” really the word he was looking for?
Evolution theory – the kind usually pushed in media and classroom – leaves no room for freedom. Aren’t we just biochemical robots?
Common sense and true religion say that we aren’t.
If God exists, he has given us the freedom to sin – and the freedom not to sin. You can’t have one without the other.
So, try expressing an opinion in certain unfashionable no-go areas. Have a go.
You may lose your job — even your head.
Such things have been reported on TV. There would be lots more if the media didn’t self-censor.
And we’re also told that if we express certain un-trendy ideas, certain people will be offended and will (perhaps) kill themselves.
A kind of dictatorship-by-suicide-threat?

7
Apr

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT, SECTION 18C: still in force, so what do we do?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Ethics, God, Politics

Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act, section 18C, is still the law of the land.
It’s still un-lawful to make anybody feel “offended”.
But principled people never intentionally offend others, do they?
And they never contravene laws — or do they?
A couple of finer points to consider:
1. Regarding offending: while not intending to offend, you can’t control the feelings of sensitive persons who claim offence — or prove your innocent intention to somebody determined not to believe you. They’ve got you over a barrel.
2. Regarding obeying the law: consider the famous occasion when Jesus Christ was asked whether his fellow-Jews should pay taxes to the Roman occupiers. He said, “Pay to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s.”
In the case of 18C, let’s usually comply with it — but sometimes, when a black-and-white moral issue is at stake, God trumps everybody else.

24
Mar

CORY BERNARDI, POLITICIANS’ PAY AND COMMON SENSE: are our senators greedy, unintelligent (or both)?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Ethics, Happiness, Money, Politics

Last week, Australian Senators voted on a motion for senators to receive no pay increases until a budget surplus is achieved.
It was moved by independent (ex-Liberal) Senator Cory Bernardi.
Sad to say, only 6 of our 75 senators voted for it.
The Coalition, Labor and the Greens senators all voted against.
Anyone moving a motion that’s rejected by all three of the above-mentioned parties is probably doing something right.
Senator Bernardi is a conscience politician.
We’ll be hearing a lot more from him.
Hopefully his movement will continue to propose common-sense policies which level-headed people will happily support.