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A New Age Mormon

26 Feb

After returning from my mission in the mid-nineties. I got bored with the LDS church. The people that I saw at church were just such hypocrites.  They talk about angels and the spirit world and what happened in the bible. but then when asked why there weren’t in-evidence in there lives . They always made excuses.
So I went looking for something less boring. I looked at the early christian fathers and discovered this thing called Gnosticism. I wondered whether there were any of these around today . I discovered a group called Gnostic web.  I learned about mindfulness and meditation. but then I became disjointed there belief was one person could be on the path to knowledge at  anytime.  I just felt that that wasn’t right. I looked up the founder. He had gotten his info from a demon that had repented and was now working for God.
Then I discovered Astral travel. After a few experiences I knew the reality of the spirit realm. I was what I had been looking for. Actual interaction with the spirit realm not just words and excuses for why we couldn’t see angels anymore.
There is an unseen realm that surrounds us.  I learnt directly from the angels . I learnt to use crystals. I drew closer to Christ than I had ever been before. I was able to enjoy church and not be bored by it.


Current Controversy Homosexuality Culture VS Nature part 2

11 Jan

There are several theories that use biology as the base for why people are Homosexuality could be biologically based. Thorpe outlines some. homosexuality in some part of a population might promote that population’s survival. I have in mind the socio-biological theories: the superior heterozygote fitness theory, the kin-selection theory, and the parental manipulation theory. Each of these theories is designed to show, with minute attention to the detail of the workings, how it could be that a gene for homosexuality might be encouraged in a population by natural selection, up to a certain equilibrium state.

I watched a documentary several years ago host by John Barrowman  called the making of me ,where he sought to find out the biological basis for his homosexuality.  He investigate some of the most common biological theorys for people being Homosexual.
1. Fmri measuring sexual arousal. the results were that yes he was sexually aroused by Males but it is only indicative of his current state and doesn’t indicate whether he was born that way. So having failed to confirm that he moved on to test two.

2. One of the most popular theories of why people are born gay has to do with certain boys not receiving and testosterone boost at a certain time while they are in the womb apparently one way that this manifests is by by the ring finger being larger than the index finger in males. Whereas in females the the fingers are the same size or the index finger is longer. Nope he failed that test as well. So it was on to test 3

3. If male offspring  have Certain genetic markers the same as the mother  in the same area it can indicate a predisposition to be gay.  He took a DNA test and got his mother to do one too. Again he struck out. he didn’t have the right genetic markers.

4.The next  test looked at the environment that a child is brought up in . It is suspected that if a child is exposed to a high estrogen environment during later pregnancy that they may have the predisposition to become gay.  This is different to 2 in that this has to do with estrogen sources in the environment rather than to do with biological development. This is more subjective as the family is interviewed to determine what they remember, Soy products and plastics are some of the ways used to determine if there was excessive exposure to estrogens.

5 Birth order. There is a theory that the more males a mother has the more likely she is to have a child that is gay. He had a older brother. He talked to his Mum and it turns out that she had a male child that died. So the birth order theory worked for him.

Those are some of the most common Biological reasons for having a predisposition to be gay. This seems to be the most subjective of the theories presented on the show.  It seems that at the end he was desperate to show that his  being gay was all down to Nature and not Culture.  He had his bias confirmed in part 3 of this discussion I will discuss hindsight bias and confirmation Bias. This is aspect of being gay that I have not been able to find wether there has been much research on the topic.



Current Controversy. Homosexual Culture vs Nature Part 1

1 Nov

I thought that a discussion about this was timely due to the current debate that is raging at the moment in Australia about same sex marriage. Due to there being a postal plebiscite on wether there should be Same Sex Marriage in Australia. I’m divided on the Issue.
I have been interested in theories about why people are homosexual for a long time. I have never told many people about this before but for along time I felt like I was a female spirit trapped in a male body.  As a teen I wasn’t really attracted to either sex. Later I was attracted to females. It was in my 20’s that I accepted who I am.  I found out later that this is called gender dysphoria. Another factor was my low testosterone levels making me more effeminate than my male peers it was many years later that i found this out if I’d known about it during my teenage years it probably would have made them more pleasant rather than the hell that I went through as a teenager due to being different to everyone else.
This personal connection has led me to look into this subject. As with all things that I look into I like to steer away from extremism. There is extremism on both sides of this debate. Anyone from within the community who questions the established narrative is treated horribly basically to pull them back into line so there are those in the community who go along just to keep the peace.
To be honest upfront the conclusion that I have reached after many years of study and based on my own personal experience with people in the LGBTIQ community.  is that there is a small percentage probably 2-3% of the population that are most likely born with a disposition to be attracted to the other sex. The rest are doing it for cultural and other reasons.
Micheal Foucault was the first historian to look into the development of sexuality. His book the History of a standard text in LGBTIQ studies.
He thought that even though Homosexuality might be a social construct that doesn’t mean that it isn’t real to the people who are experiencing it. He preferred to trace the history of how society has gotten to the stage that today,  His focus was on how western society’s views have shifted over the centuries.

What’s relatively new, is 1) the idea that our desires reveal some fundamental truth about who we are, and 2) the conviction that we have an obligation to seek out that truth and express it.

Within this framework, sex isn’t just something you do. Instead, the kind of sex you have (or want to have) becomes a symptom of something else: your sexuality. Though Foucault traces the origins of this shift back to the 16th century, our modern conceptions of sexuality really take root during the Victorian era

In the Victorian era it became an either or proposition as they sought to classify everything in society into discreet categories. Foucault argues that this way of thinking is a trap.  how do we know when to stop. how do we know that anything is in the right category. Sometimes knowledge can be a enlightening at other times it can be a trap.

A better use of our collective energy than fighting the biology vs. culture war.Is realising that changing our ideas is possible: that’s what Foucault helps us see, by showing us that our categories are not set in stone., we arrived here, and that means we can still go elsewhere—but in order to do that, we have to follow Foucault’s lead and start asking the right questions.
Social construction has moved on since the days that Foucault was writing about it.

Today the definition is a  social construct or construction concerns the meaning, notion, or connotation placed on an object or event by a society, and adopted by the inhabitants of that society with respect to how they view or deal with the object or event. In that respect, a social construct as an idea would be widely accepted as natural by the society, but may or may not represent a reality shared by those outside the society, and would be an “invention or artifice of that society”.

A major focus of social constructionism is to uncover the ways in which individuals and groups participate in the construction of their perceived social reality. It involves looking at the ways social phenomena are developed, institutionalized, known, and made into tradition by humans.

In social constructionist terms, “taken-for-granted realities” are cultivated from “interactions between and among social agents;” furthermore, reality is not some objective truth, Rather, there can be “multiple realities that compete for truth and legitimacy.Social constructionism understands the “fundamental role of language and communication”
while this theory was being worked out . Their were other people who thought that social construction could be applied to homosexuality.
This post is already getting long so if readers want to find out more there are plenty of sources out there.

Just to finish this part. There are many aspects of  a constructed reality . it involves emotional, environmental,nutritional , physical and several other aspects. it a complex issue that unless you are willing to spend considerable time researching is hard to comprehend.

The other side of the story is that Homosexuality rather than being a constructed reality is based on biology. To me this is the easier option for those who feel this way. It require little self examination. it can be yep I was born this way and that’s it. This is a byproduct of the Victorian eras classification system that is still in effect today. Society need us to fit into a discreet box. Its easier to accept the category than to fight against it.


September 23 Disappointment.

25 Sep

Even though I wrote about the sign meaning nothing and the probability of the events outlined in Revelation 12 actually happening. Yet as I watched the sun setting and looking for the moon and the planetary alignments. I couldn’t help but be disappointed that something didnt happen.
I can get the attraction of the pre trib rapture view of end times. not having to be worried about what is happening in the world knowing that you’ll be taken up at some time and avoid all the bad things that will happen during the end times.

i was repeating and examining my life for the week preceding the sign just in case iI was wrong and they were right. I was secretly hoping they were right. Life has been pretty sucky these last few years. At times it feels like its careering out of control.

There”s the constant battle with pain. The pain meds make me pretty dysfunctional If I don’t take them I’m functional for a while but then the pain overwhelms me. I power on as I know that f not me then who else will look after what is happening around me.
So  the idea of the rapture has some attraction. It will happen eventually but not til alot of other things have happened before it happens . I hope I can hold out til that day,


Final Revelation 12 Update.

22 Sep

I have seen some Youtube videos that argued that the rapture could take place a day or two before the sign on the 23 September,  I’m assuming that  the timing is based on what is happening at Jerusalem as that is the place that the scriptures refer to and are talking about.
Thanks to O Daughter of Zion.
She pointed out in that video that a similar sign had happened 190 years ago.
what is interesting is that it was on that day that the Mormons propose that the angel Moroni gave the golden plates to Josepth Smith to translate.
Since 3 BC and 2017 there are 170 chances of the sign happening as stated before Jupiter takes around 12 years to get back to Virgo again. It could be due to Jupiters influence but in the last century.  a number of important events have happened in years that Jupiter is in Virgo. 1969 man went to the moon and 1945 the end of WW2 to names a few. it could all just be a big coincidence.
Another  thing I have heard is that the sign has to be Virgo as  Revelation 12 says a women clothed in the sun. The pastors proposing this assume that Virgo is the only woman in the sky but she’s not Aquarius is as a women traditional .its just because the Stellarium program that they are using Aquarius looks like a man. There is also traditionally another women in the sky and that is Ophicius but once again Stellarium has it drawn as a man.
So which one is really the women that revelation 12 is talking about Virgo, Aquarius or Ophicuis, These are all on the elliptic so could be clothed with the sun when the sun is in the constellation.
We will know one way or another by the end of this weekend.
In my view there are still too many signs that have to take place before the Savior comes again  I feel that it will happen soon Hopefully in my life time. But most likely before the end of this century.


Giving yourself outs. 

17 Aug

On the radio today I heard a guy talking about why he couldnt give up smoking. He said that he had tried many times but just didn’t have the will power.  It got me thinking he was giving himself an out for failing. 

In some ways we all do this. I didnt get that job for xyz reasons. They are just outs obsuring us from the real reason why a certain thing didnt happen that we dont want to face up to. So that when we fail we can blame the out. 

I was thinking that in a lot of ways disabilty can be used as an out. Sure with diabilty it can be a legitimate out for not doing something.  I havr no legs so i cant climb a ladder. Is a legitimate out. 

I do it my self some times i use my disability as an out for not doing rhings thar i know im perfectly capable of doing but dont feel like it that day or a more common thing for me is that im too afraid. So I use my didiabilty as an out.  

It really annoys me when perfectly capable people use outs for no good reason. Im sure they think its a good reason. The guy on the radio and his lacking will power reason. Its an out for failing before you have even failed. 

I dont really know how to word what I’m thinking.  To me its a predermined outcome in one of two ways if you try and then fail the out is there to mask why u really failed

Or the out can stop u from teying anything that you know your going to fail at. So a person would only end up doing things they are good at or if they feel like they are good at nothing they’lljust sit around and turn into a blob. 

Instead of having outs we should acknowledge our strengths and weakness. I come from a long line of short people so i acknowledge that basketball isnt something that is going to come easy to me. If i want to be a basketballer then I’ll have to acknowledge that weakness. If i wanted to play basketball i could use my families short stature as an out. Insteas i could focus on my small size being an advantage . 

Its all in how we see life. Do we use outs to avoid living life and pushing ourselves . Instead we can get rid of outs and rise to the challenge.  

Collectivism vs Individualism 

9 Jul

It occured to me the other day that most global problems can be divided between either collectivism or insividualism. Maybe its a long bow to draw but this dichotomy could come down to the difference between Catholicisism and Protestantism. One empathizes collectivism the other individuals. Superficially it seems that those countries that were Catholic the longest are those that embraced communism and democratic socialism.  Those that were predominantly protestant became predominantly fascist or democratic capitalists.

China however is a different example. Confucius empathized the importance of the state which parrels what is taught by communism. 

Until this conflict can be understood there can be no way of solving the problems present in todays societies. At least a balance needs to be reached between the two extremes of the spectrum.  

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