The ancient Greeks did not conceive of sexual orientation as a social identifier as modern Western societies have done. Greek society did not distinguish sexual desire or behavior by the gender of the participants, but rather by the role that each participant played in the sex act, that of active penetrator or passive penetrated. This active/passive polarization corresponded with dominant and submissive social roles: the active (penetrative) role was associated with masculinity, higher social status, and adulthood, while the passive role was associated with femininity, lower social status, and youth. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_ancient_Greece
What is a social identifier, and when did sexuality become one? Modern secular society has a lot of weird ideas. And when it comes to sex, the West is really weird ideas. And ideas have power. Especially when you don’t know where they came from.
The Society for Sexology and Eugenics emerges as the source of those ideas in 1913. The proceeding decades leading up to that was all about population control, usually to create some kind of utopian society, like the Owenites in America. Naturally the subject of population control and eugenics would lead to sexology, the study of sex. And it is from this era and beliefs system that words like “heterosexual” and “transgender” emerged as concepts, and as sexual identifiers.
But what purpose do these new words serve? Let us go back to the Greeks for a moment.
In short, the Ego is the Man, our soul or person regardless of the body. Then there is the Eros, our sexual energy, and the Thumos, our emotional passion. The Ego is the charioteer, and the Eros and Thumos the horses that pull him. Thus, one who is led by his passions has no control. Man must reign in his sexuality and passions to have a good life.
It is important to note that in every society known, and every age up until now, that the body and soul were always considered separate. This is a philosophical claim, and not a scientific one. The separation is important to understand that our bodies are our possessions. This means we own our sexuality, our emotions. The Ego, our Mind, is the possessor.
This makes perfect sense in a world that may one day be able to upload our conscience into a computer, where we may actually find a way to exist without our bodies. So this is not superstitious Greek nuttery, but a well developed and argued world view.
Why is this important? Because we are not less a person if we lose a part of our body. This is the foundation of equality as well, for our souls, not our bodies, are equal before one another. We are not less of a man if we lose our penis, or arm, though we easily fall into that unhealthy trap. A woman is not less a woman if she loses her breasts to cancer. And in most of societies this was a simple truth. Sure, losing something we possess, especially something as personal as our own bodies, makes us feel like shit. But one is not going to recover if they truly think a part of their soul or Ego went with it.
This is especially a problem in depression. The modern world teaches our young people that their emotions are one and the same as their person. So when growing teenagers feel a certain way, or were peer-pressured into doing something they really did not want to do, this can lead to serious depression. If one is raised to believe their emotions are one and the same as “who they are,” and their emotions inevitably get the better of them, they think they are the problem.
It took a long time for me to understand this, because I was not raised to believe my body was me. I was raised that my body is a possession only, and one that I could do many things with. This was liberating, because with this attitude all sexuality was a choice, was an exploration, and no words like “homosexual” mattered. I explored same-sex and group sex. All sexuality was an action, based on emotional desires and things that turned me on. I did not try to control that. But I knew it was not me. I also found I could change those desires over time. Possession of sexuality is far more liberating than being told you have some fixed desire. Others might call me bisexual, but I do not self-identity as having any sexual identity. Why should I? My sexuality is what I own, and is not me. Therefore, it makes no sense to identity by it. This did create problems with the culture I was raised in, where most people are peer-pressured and bullied into having a sexual identity in school.
But research revealed that Western ideas were not in line with the rest of the world at all. And no, my dear reader, psychology is not an authority on sexuality, or anything else, no matter how legitimate they may want you to believe their work is. All sciences are informative, not authoritative. Science gives us useful data. But we, the people, get to decide what it may or may not mean, and how to interpret it. Philosophers especially have the specific profession of weighing all new data. So no, no new discoveries about mankind are convincing enough to say the Greeks and everyone else is wrong.
Not only are sexual identities not necessary, and a new form of enslavement of the mind, peer-pressured into existence by Eurocentric beliefs, but in many ways they are outright derogatory and insulting. Heterosexual is merely a horrific attempt to identify someone as literally a pussy-fucker. And homosexual a anal-fucker. Yet both acts are merely sexual acts that we do, not what we are. I don’t know about you, but I find that insulting.
Another fantastic myth is the idea that we are actually attracted to an entire sex. Are we? Or do humans seek a bond with an individual more often than not? Isn’t sexual attraction more towards an individual and their characteristics and body types? A unique set of things like personality and large tits? Why yes they are. Who in their right mind is actually attracted the a whole sex? I know I am not. I find attraction in men and women based on many little telltale things. I’m sure you do, too.
As for the Christian, we did not invent anything new. We simply defer to the Greek and Roman sexual models, which are just as much the Chinese, Hindu, and Native American models as well. But in today’s society, Western Sexuality has waged war against the whole world. And yet, there is not one legitimate argument or defense I have come across that justifies the use of sexual identity, aside from seeking to get laid in a nightclub. But even then, you could just be honest. “I like sex with men. How about you?”
This of course will shake up some current politics issues. A lot of time and effort has been put into these sexual identifiers, which has resulted in a kind of Sexual Nationalism and Sexual Patriotism. You know what I am talking about. The LGBT crowd who have created a whole new dogma on the subject, though inconsistent and baffling as it is. A world where one can self-identify as any gender they wish, but still insist on telling others that they must self-identify as cisgender and acknowledge their “privilege.”
Let is be crystal clear on this arena, especially in light of the Orlando Massacre. We have human rights, and amongst the rights is the right not to be murdered. This is solely and absolutely based upon our shared, equal humanity … not our sexuality or gender. If any Christian calls for the death of those who lack or do not wish to control their sexuality, they are not a Christian. Love thy enemies is not an option. And they are not our enemies.
If you want to love the Sexual People (I really can’t bring myself to use sexual identifiers anymore, and Sexual People sounds better anyway), then teach them they are not slaves to their desires, attraction, and passions, and sorry, I don’t have one. Yes, Christian, stop using sexual identifiers. You are not heterosexuals. The Christian is called to not live in the flesh. Then why have you been?
This reminds me of another fact. The Inquisition was actually instituted to stop people from using religion to justify and rationalize their own actions. Like having a personal theology, and cherry-picking morality. Yes, Christians have always had this problem, which is why the Inquisition was created.
If Christians keep hating on other people, and using the Bible and their personal theology to do that, we need another Inquisition. It’s to protect us and them, and stop the madness. Something to ponder. But for those that preach hate, you’re going to burn anyway.