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But if this is true, then we should stop campaigning against bullies because they are born that way. And those of us who are religious, whom she disdains, should be loved instead for we were born that way, too. Even E.O. Wilson believes that the religious instinct is biologically based. If sexuality is biologically based, so is belief in God – and if everything biologically based is moral, then so is bullying and homophobia. In fact, the evidence tends to show that people are born distinctly male and female, and that the liberal notion of gender malleability is scientifically nonsensical.
Lady Gaga’s campaign is a self defeating one. The truth is that “born this way” is not an argument for or against any particular behavior. As Katherine Hepburn’s Rose Sayer, a missionary, says to Humphrey Bogart’s drunken reprobate boat captain Charlie Allnut in The African Queen, “Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.” Moral behavior is very often about conquering the compulsion to do horrible things. If Lady Gaga wants to end bullying, she will have to dump her deterministic philosophy by the wayside.
Something tells me she won’t do that. She’s far more interested in maintaining that outlook than in actually stopping bullying and in creating the “Born This Way” generation. They are lazy, because our instincts are lazy. They are vulgar, because our instincts are vulgar. They feel they deserve things, since our biology feels that same way. Is that good for America, or for the world?
Apparently, The California Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University feel that it is. For such sophisticated players to endorse Lady Gaga’s philosophy means that they are not interested in her philosophy, but in her politics. “Born This Way” is just another shortcut to the leftist political utopia. Unfortunately for the left, any utopia built on the shaky grounds of the naturalistic fallacy is doomed to failure.
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