Monday, January 17, 2005

Kinsey...

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Watched Kinsey 2 nights ago. It was a thought-provoking film, about the life of Alfred Kinsey, a biologist who turned his attention from gall wasps to the study of sexual behaviour, in not just humans, but animals as well.

Can't say much about the show, since i was dosing off near the end, but it did raise quite a few questions. He mentioned (Liam Neeson as Kinsey) during the show, about how if something like homosexuality is so common among the general population, it must be normal and should not be made taboo. Also interesting was a part in the film where he has a gay moment with one of his associates (sex and all, although they didn't show the sex, but the face-sucking was more than enough to draw quite a few "ewws" from the audience), and he tries to rationalise with his wife how it didn't affect how he felt about her, since he still loved her just as much. The wife later gets back at him (that's what i think) by agreeing to sleep with the associate, all this in Kinsey's full knowledge. Near the end of the show, this very associate gets pissed with another for sleeping with his wife.

i suppose if we don't bring religion/God into the picture, i could really agree with Kinsey. Sure, why not? Just act in the way you're made, and don't feel guilty about it, since you're expressing just another variation in man's nature. In fact, that's what Kinsey does throughout the whole show, that is to detatch religion from man's actions and morals. This he does because he's a scientist.

And thus the question is raised, can one detatch science from religion? Or rather, SHOULD one detatch science from religion? QW was mentioning the other day about some science textbooks in the wonderful US of A (the country with shit floating on the surface) which when mentioning evolution, bear disclaimers that "this is but a theory, and there are other theories around such as that of creation". i suppose when one is an agnostic or atheist, one then must detatch science from religion. And then it would make sense to give in (or perhaps as Kinsey would put it, "live up") to one's basic desires and wants, and not bat an eyelid at sleeping with someone other than your wife, or touching a young boy, or having sex with a person of the same sex. i'm sure some other religions would also have no qualms about some of these actions too, as long as "no one is hurt in the process".

But if you're a Christian... things are, and should be kind of different. But you can't convert or win over the world with this kind of preaching at first instance.

oh well...

on another note, html is fun. i've just inserted my first link in an entry ever. Hope it works.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Lichanos said...

You don't have to be a Christian, or even believe in God to be ethical. And it's a pretty long stretch to say that people who are attracted to people of their own sex are unethical. Why? Because some interpret the Bible to have said so? And being a Christian doesn't make you ethical and good - examine history. Furthermore, science doesn't tell us how to live - just how thing are, how they work. If you think you can learn that from the Bible, good luck.

March 28, 2005 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Lichanos said...

You don't have to be a Christian, or even believe in God to be ethical. And it's a pretty long stretch to say that people who are attracted to people of their own sex are unethical. Why? Because some interpret the Bible to have said so? And being a Christian doesn't make you ethical and good - examine history. Furthermore, science doesn't tell us how to live - just how thing are, how they work. If you think you can learn that from the Bible, good luck.

March 28, 2005 at 10:15 PM  

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