I was thinking the other day: When did it become cool to be tolerant? And, not just be tolerant, but to let everyone know that you're tolerant?
Before I continue, I want to remind you (or let you know if you're a new reader) that I have family members who are part of the gay/lesbian community. And I accept them for who they are. Do I go shouting it from the rooftops? No. Am I ashamed of them? No. I love them with my whole heart.
Now that I got that out of the way...
The recent gender-change of a certain former Olympian, or rather, the publicity of the change, really has me wondering what the heck is going on? This is just my opinion, of course, but what I see is a deeply troubled, confused senior citizen who is making a huge profit from this life change. I guess that's what I have trouble with. I really feel for the man...I really do. Not just to have this turmoil in his life, but to have his life played out for everybody to see. I realize it's his choice to be in the limelight...which to me makes it even more troubling. And then he should win a sports award for bravery? I just have a huge problem with it. I think he has mentally been through so much...as have many people.
It seems that a lot of people are bending over backwards to say they're okay with all of this. To say, See how tolerant I am? See how cool that makes me?
As I was flipping through the few channels we get (after getting rid of cable), I stopped briefly on a ladies' talk show when they were talking about an episode of The Bachelorette. One of the ladies (whom I believe is a lesbian) said that it was time to have a gay bachelor. Why? So we can show how cool we are as a nation by showing that on tv?
In this day of public figures having such an impact on young peoples' lives, I worry about our nation. I worry that they are completely missing the real heroes in our country...the ones who lay their lives on the line for us every.single.day. . Our military...the policemen...the firefighters. Regardless of sexual orientation. They don't get paid nearly enough for what they do to protect us, and they definitely don't get the notoriety. I think it all points to the parents. I said parents...not parental units who think they should be their children's friends.
I think there is waaaay too much emphasis on a person's sexual orientation. Does it really matter? We are all humans. We should all try to love each other and get along with each other. As Pope Francis said, If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?
As I was looking for that direct quote, I found this one that really fits with the whole gender change thing going on:
Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the "culture of waste". If you break a computer, it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs, the dramas of so many people end up becoming the norm.
I know this post is going to hit a chord with some people...and that's okay. I'm just getting my thoughts out there because it's been weighing on my mind.