Divorce fantasies

Kids are resilient. All kids really want and need is …. What exactly? Tune in to find out.  

We’ve been talking about the great fantasy of our time: we are all entitled to have as much sex as we want without the responsibilities of parenthood. Yesterday, we saw that with a lot of propaganda, you might be able to convince people that sex doesn’t make babies. This strategy needs to be backed up with even more propaganda to keep people from thinking too much about the problems the contraception itself can cause.

Maybe our hypothetical sexual utopian could go in a different direction. He could concede that sex does indeed make babies, but he’d insist, babies don’t really need much care.

Wait a minute, Dr. Morse. Everyone knows babies need a lot of care. After all, that is why we are all so hell-bent on avoiding having any babies. We don’t want the responsibility.

Contraceptive Fantasies

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.

Sex without Parenthood

JRM Blue jacket Mary Sweetened thumbnailThis 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”

Propaganda in Paradise

JRM Blue jacket Mary Sweetened thumbnailWeek 3, Day 1: Propaganda in Paradise

Utopian dreams can’t survive without propaganda, for two reasons. Tune in, to find out what they are. @JZmirak 

This is the text of Day 1, Week 3 of Dr. J’s Daily Chats, recorded on May 12, 2020: “Propaganda in Paradise.”

Would you like a blank check for tons and tons of power? No probably not, because you seem like a pretty normal person. But if you did want a lot of power, I’ve got a formula for you: Convince everyone that doing the impossible is a high moral duty.

Eliminating all deaths from the Wuhan virus for instance.

Creating perfect equality between men and women, for instance.

Or, wiping out all pollution and using only “renewable energy.” Continue reading “Propaganda in Paradise”

Scapegoats in Paradise

JRM Blue jacket Mary SweetenedThe 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”

Why power mongers love impossible goals

JRM Blue jacket Mary SweetenedThis 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”

A sure-fire test for detecting ideology.

JRM Blue jacket Mary SweetenedWeek 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.”

The Sexual Revolution is Toxic.

JRM Blue jacket Mary SweetenedDr 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.”

Exceptionless Moral Norms: No Tradeoffs.

JRM Blue jacket Mary SweetenedDr J’s Chats. Week 2, Episode 1. 

Last time, we talked about tradeoffs. Tradeoffs are inevitable, and unavoidable. We are constantly making decisions that pit some good things against others. We want to spend time with our families: a good thing. We also want to earn a living, so we can support our families. Also a good thing. We often face decisions where we must trade off two good things.

Or, we may have to decide about risks. There is a risk of getting into a car accident, every time I get into a car. There is some risk of catching an illness from another person. Yet we drive our cars and come into contact with strangers every day. We consider those risks acceptable, all things considered, under most circumstances.

But I cannot leave you with the impression that there are always tradeoffs. There is such a thing as a moral absolute. Some moral norms have no exceptions, no tradeoffs. Take the commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”

“Thou shalt not kill” does not mean you cannot step on a bug. Nor does it mean that you cannot defend yourself from a person who poses an immediate mortal danger to you. The prohibition “Thou shalt not kill” prohibits the deliberate taking of an innocent human life.  Understood in that way, the commandment is an absolute moral norm. No excuses. No exceptions.

So here is what seems to have happened to us, as a culture. We have people with enormous amounts of power and influence who have stood things on their heads. We hear Andrew Cuomo telling pro-life supporters they have no place in New York. We see the state of New York light up the One World Trade Center to celebrate the extension of legal permission to kill preborn persons, the most innocent imaginable, right up until the moment of birth.

Yet in the effort to stem the spread of a virus, health officials are targeting activities with a relatively modest probability of harming anyone. Gatherings for worship. Going to the beach. And the government is willing to use its police powers to shut down synagogues, fine people, arrest them and even jail them.

Overall, we have absolutized things that should be relative: namely imposing risks on yourself or others. And we have relativized things that should be absolute, like no killing innocent people.

So while there certainly are tradeoffs in many situations, there are also some things that are always and everywhere morally forbidden.

And honestly, those constraints are not nearly such a burden. I mean, most people can go through their entire lives and never deliberately take the life of an innocent person. Normal people never deliberately withhold information that protects felons. Most people go their entire lives without ever sexually assaulting a child. Normal people never perjure themselves in a court of law.

All of which brings to mind:

Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself. See you next time.

This is the text of the video posted on the Ruth Institute Facebook page, May 4, 2020. Dr J’s Chats. Week 2, Episode 1. 

Tradeoffs are unavoidable. You be the statesman.  

Episode 5: Dr J’s Daily Chats 

This is the text of the video I just made on the Ruth Institute Facebook page and posted on May 1, 2020.

The Wuhan virus is presenting us with questions that may never have exact answers. I hope I convinced you earlier that we cannot just “leave it to the experts.” One set of experts contradicts another.

And that is under the best-case scenario where we trust everyone to be telling us the complete unvarnished truth. We are a long way from the best-case scenario. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that. Continue reading “Tradeoffs are unavoidable. You be the statesman.  “