Be a rebel. Go hug someone.
I am recording this on June 8, 2020. Most of the world has been on Wuhan virus lockdown for 10 or 12 weeks or more. The Ruth Institute has no special expertise on infectious diseases. We do, however, have some knowledge about families, societies, and the human need to be social.
I’m seeing plenty of harmful consequences of prolonged social isolation. I’m seeing within my own community, suicides, substance abuse relapses, and people getting just plain edgy. I just read a story about suicide hotlines in California having a year’s worth of suicide attempts in a single month.
Let’s cut straight to the chase. Humans are social creatures. We need other people. Human interaction is not an optional extra, pasted on top of our material needs or our disembodied minds. We need to be touched. We need to look at other people to see how they are reacting to us. Are we behaving in a socially appropriate manner? Or are we going off the rails? That is pretty hard to gauge when you are all by yourself. Continue reading “The Subversive Hugger”
Countering our tired clichés about race
As I watch my own country tear itself apart over race, I keep thinking about my trip to Uganda. The people I met in Uganda have a sense of the sacred, which we have largely lost in the West. We have almost convinced ourselves that only the material world is real. If we cannot touch it or measure it, it doesn’t exist.
Yet, in our cultural past, we too once had a sense of the sacred. The Greeks had it. The Romans had it. The great civilizations of Asia had it. In fact, I cannot think of any civilization that has tried to completely wipe out the idea that there is something larger than man and the material world.
Here is a story of something that happened while my son and I were in Uganda. I gave my talk to the 5,000 young people at the Ugandan National Catholic Youth Conference. I told them that the Ancient Christian teachings on marriage, family and human sexuality are more correct than the “modern” nonsense that the United Nations is trying to foist on them. Continue reading “Ugandan Catholics: Who is really helping whom? “
I’m recording this on June 2, 2020. The United States is gripped by racial tension, including protests, riots, and lots of arguments. We’re kind of losing our minds.
When race is involved, I feel like we Americans are on a hamster wheel, running in place, going nowhere. That, or we are on a movie set of a very dark version of Ground Hog Day, doomed to experience the same day over and over until we get it right.
And let’s be clear. Race is one issue that America has never gotten right. We’ve never come close to getting it right. I realize that each person believes passionately that their own views are correct. But America as a whole? As a country, we are nowhere near getting race right. I hope we can all agree on that sad fact. Continue reading “Hitting the “reset” button on race, with the help of the Ugandan Martyrs.”
I have been doing these little daily chats for a few weeks now. You may have wondered why I bring up Jeffrey Epstein every day. Today, I will tell you.
Jeffry Epstein did not kill himself. This fact, which no serious person denies, marks a new era in the unfolding of the Sexual Revolution. For years, we have been told that the Sexual Revolution was part of the March of History into a glorious day of progress, peace and pleasure for everyone.
The Sexual Revolutionary ideology has insinuated itself into virtually every sector of society: law, business, medicine, academia, the media, sports and entertainment. The evidence is now overwhelming. Some highly-placed advocates of the Sexual Revolution just want to get laid.
Memo to Sexual Revolutionary Elites: We don’t believe Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. We believe you, the Elite Ruling Class, are using the power structures of society to embolden sexual predators and disarm victims.
Which is more dangerous? Smoking or hormonal contraception? Tune in to find out.
Last time, we talked about the dream of every playboy since time immemorial. He thinks he is entitled to have as much sex as he wants without the responsibilities of fatherhood. In our time, we have taken this immature fantasy a step further. We are trying to convince everyone that they are entitled to as much sex as they want without any inconvenience whatsoever. Not only no babies. No hurt feelings. No painful attachments. No guilt.
When you look at it that way, it sounds crazy.
This is the text from my Week 3: Day 2 Daily Chat series recorded on May 13, “Sex without Parenthood.” The utopian fantasy of sex without parental responsibilities.
I’ve been talking with you about the formula for accumulating power. The rulers promise utopia. The people hand over lots of power to their rulers, in exchange for the promise of Heaven on Earth. The promise sounds appealing, but it is actually impossible. So, the rulers need to use lots of propaganda to keep the dream alive. When things go wrong and the magic kingdom never arrives, the rulers have to have someone to blame. So, the utopian dream creates the need for scapegoats.
I’ve been talking about all this in pretty general terms. Today, I’m going to tip my hand and tell you how I figured this stuff out. Sex. Continue reading “Sex without Parenthood”
The advocates of impossible goals all have one important requirement, something they desperately need. They may not even know that they need it. But they do. Tune in and find out what it is.
This is the text of Day 5, Week 2 of Dr. J’s Daily Chats, recorded on May 8, 2020: “”Scapegoats in Utopia”
Last time, we talked about the big payoff for attempting to do the impossible: Power. Doing the impossible requires a lot of power.
But of course, even with a tremendous amount of power, these impossible objectives are still, well, impossible. Sensible people know this. Reducing the number of sick people, yes, that can be done. Relaxing about unnecessary gender stereotypes, yes, that can be done. But wiping out all disease? Wiping out all inequalities? Nope. Can’t be done. Continue reading “Scapegoats in Paradise”
This is the text of Day 4, Week 2 of Dr. J’s Daily Chats, recorded on May 7, 2020: “Why power mongers love impossible goals.”
Last time, we talked about modest, attainable goals and utopian impossible goals.
It is Utopian thinking to believe we can prevent all deaths from the Wuhan virus. Why would the public authorities take on the responsibility to prevent all deaths? Why would the news media goad them into assuming such a goal?
Doing the impossible requires a lot of power. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that a person or group has the goal of accumulating as much power as possible. Convincing everyone that an impossible task is a high moral duty would be quite useful. The people Continue reading “Why power mongers love impossible goals”
Week 2, Day 3 of Dr. J’s Daily Chats: Toxic Ideologies and how to detect them. What do the Wuhan virus and transgender athletes have in common? Listen in. This is the text of the chat recorded on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
Last time, I explained that the Sexual Revolution is a toxic ideology. Today, I want to give a simple test that will protect you against toxic ideologies. I’ll illustrate by looking at something on everyone’s minds right now: the Wuhan virus.
All decent people want to control the spread of the virus. We want to reduce the number of people who become ill. We want those who do become ill to have a better chance of successful treatment and cure. We want to develop more effective treatments and preventive measures.
These are all reasonable goals.
But not everyone is satisfied with modest objectives like these. We sometimes hear calls Continue reading “A sure-fire test for detecting ideology.”
Dr J’s Chats. Week 2, Episode 2. The Sexual Revolution is Toxic. “You are your safest sex partner,” says the New York Department of Health. But they can’t bring themselves to tell people to knock off the casual sex. Listen in.
This is the text of the chat recorded on May 5, 2020.
Samaritan’s Purse has been running a field hospital in New York City’s Central Park for COVID-19 patients who do not require ventilators. The President of Samaritan’s Purse is Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham. This organization has been providing around the world since 1970.
But it was recently announced that Samaritan’s Purse will close its Central Park field hospital, after treating 315 patients. This is due in part to pressure from city officials and LGBTQ activists. Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council recently demanded that the group not be allowed to continue providing COVID-19 relief. Continue reading “The Sexual Revolution is Toxic.”