Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Causes and Effects

Nothing is just itself, wrote a favorite author of ours. Regarding issues of any importance, we certainly agree. Everything of concern happening in our world today has causes and effects.

Here is a case in point. Today on the radio we heard about a study regarding hormonal birth control that found that women using these prescriptions were being affected in unimagined ways, and men were being affected too. Apparently, along with a basic knowledge of the birds and the bees that parents pass on to their children in spoken and unspoken ways, there are natural chemicals that encourage males and females to mate. But what if these chemicals are messed with, even obliterated? What would the effects be?

We know that hormonal birth control is a huge business and commonly used. Birth control pills or patches prevent ovulation, and consequently prevent pregnancy. Some women are now taking birth control pills just to prevent having to deal with their monthly periods. Is it worth the convenience?

This study is showing that when women no longer ovulate, they apparently don't release that mating chemical. Not only do these women have decreased sexual attraction for men, men also have less sexual attraction for women. It makes sense and could sure explain a lot of trends that have occurred since the 1970s when messing with hormones for birth control became widespread. Apparently, birth control pills are not just birth control pills. They are having a profound effect on more than just controlling pregnancy.

Take away the hormones that naturally encourage males and females to mate, and the desire to mate will decrease. For example, if the sexes are now less attractive to each other because we have obliterated the mating hormone, but people still think they need sex (as they are taught by our oversexed culture), they are going to be fine with finding it elsewhere other than marriage.

Think about what the birth control pill may be doing to marriage, the divorce rate, natural gender roles, the size of families, the main purpose of sex, and the sexual development of young people. Then combine this with radical feminism, homosexualism, and cultural negativity toward natural gender roles, marriage, morality, fidelity, and posterity. What are the results?

Some might very well be: people are getting married later in life or not at all, the divorce rate has skyrocketed, marriage is mocked and degraded, natural gender roles are ignored and denied, couples put off having children and/or have smaller families, sex has been reduced to a casual meaningless pleasure disconnected from mating, marriage, and family, people indulge in sex indiscriminately with whomever, whenever, however, and divorce, abortions, sexual abuse, and sex crimes increase. And there are probably many more.

Without our foundation firmly placed on truth and reality, we've lost our moorings. Such are the effects of pretending we can change reality and ignore responsibility.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Does Publishing Truth and Goodness Pay?

We here at SoL have been accused by our detractors (some of whom you would never suspect would be our detractors) over the years of trying to make a name for ourselves, in it for the money, marketing our wares, etc. Well, here are the facts.

Aside from an occasional kind and encouraging word from a few valiant souls near and far, we are regularly silenced, ignored, rejected, vilified, and hated by strangers and "friends" alike, near and far. Even most good people do not want to help or give us opportunities to help. They are just too afraid to support us in any way including morally or financially. In other words, most people nowadays are quiet because of intimidation, fear, and misinformation. To put it bluntly, they care more about not offending other people than about offending God, although they proclaim the opposite, little realizing they are practicing the worst kind of hypocrisy. (Sorry if this sounds harsh. It is true. Truth is often hard, but in the end it sets us free.)

We could write a book on the misadventures we've had among the "faithful." Among other excuses, some have said this is because we are on the wrong side of the fence. But there is overwhelming proof to the contrary which we dare not deny. Again, when Satan is stirring people up against good, we must be stirred up against evil.

As for money, aside from a few sporadic unsolicited donations, the great majority of our funds have been derived from our personal resources. We do not sell advertising. We do not get paid and don't expect to be the way things are. The website and blog are kept up by unpaid volunteers. This work is done in our free time, apart from our unrelated occupations that provide our living. We always knew SoL would cost us in many ways, and it has. We volunteer our time and talents, putting out particularly big chunks of time, effort, and money to get books produced and printed, and the best we hope for is to break even financially. If not, so be it.

Come what may, in today's secularized, politically correct world, in a godless, oversexed culture which increasingly doubts both fact and value, in a lawless system that mocks reality, sexualizes children younger and younger, and threatens religious freedom, we have carved out a tiny corner in which to publish much-neglected goodness and truth. Sad to say in the greater sense, it doesn't pay.

Rather than suspecting us of selfish motives, why not mourn with us that publishing truth and goodness (even with charity, intelligence, and creativity) is now one of the most unpopular and unprofitable things one can do?