Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Little More On Gay Marriage

An anonymous commenter on this post had lots to say, but I wanted to address this tidbit in particular.
Marriage, parenthood, and household income are complex social phenomena.
That sounds reasonable. Don't judge how others live their lives because you don't understand their situation. It makes sense as far as it goes, but it fails to go all the way. The gay marriage and moral relativism folks are actually implying the following.
Marriage, parenthood, and household income are complex social phenomena. However, each instance can be safely isolated from the rest of society so let's all feel comfortable in letting everyone do their own thing.
This, of course, is nonsense. Complex phenomena become more complex when they integrate with other complex phenomena, not less.

A gear is geometrically complicated, but a watch much more so. Image source. 
As things become more complicated, causation becomes more difficult to determine and the best you can do is look at broader trends. In this case, broader trends tell us in no uncertain terms that moral relativism is a ginormous fail.

Not to worry. These things won't continue on indefinitely. The government cannot replace the family forever. When the bonds can no longer be sold or the dollar no longer has value or we come to our senses, we'll have to return to what works sustainably.

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