Are we really "born that way"? Or is it a choice that people make and they can't explain why they they made that particular choice. My favorite color is black yet I do not know why it is. My favorite car is the Batmobile, but I would kill to own the Munster's Coach, or even K.I.T.T., Yet to me there is nothing better than the Batmobile. I don't know why, but I do know I was not born with my favorite color being black and I know I was not born with my favorite car being the Batmobile. Just because we don't know why is not a reason to assume we were "born that way".
What I do know through scientific fact is that everyone is born with an Autonomic Nervous System, (ANS). You can not live without it. The ANS controls your heart, your lungs, your muscles, your nerves, and your blood vessels. All of your body functions that are needed to sustain life, your life are controlled by the ANS. The functions that are impossible for our brains to control individually. No one thinks about their heart pumping each pump so you do not miss a beat. Nor does a person think about each breath the inhale or exhale. You are not consciously telling each blood vessels when to contract or expand. Your ANS does it for you.
I've heard it said we are born with instincts, and that it is an instinct that tells us to pull our hand out of the fire because we will get burned. When in reality it is the ANS doing all the work. Our hand or nerves will tell our brain it is in danger and then our brain tells our muscles to move the hand out of the fire. Call it instinct or self preservation or anything you like in reality it is the ANS. "What is in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet".......is still just a rose.
Every thing we know from the first day we are born our brains have either learned or were taught. We do not know what colors are, we do not know what smells are. we must be taught or learn these things. And how we learn or are taught these things are what forms our likes and dis-likes. Our Choices. Even our emotions must be either learned by or taught to us.
So where is all this leading to, I'm sure the inquiring minds want to know. Should we treat people equally based solely on the choices they make in life? The simple yet controversies answer is a resounding NO!. First let me say that true "Equality" is nothing more than a pipe dream. It is something that can never be achieve by any one or more groups or an individual person. A case in point, should we treat the criminals with the same equality as we treat the law abiding citizens? Of course not. Should we treat a group who has Faith as equally as we treat those without faith. Yes, but we all know that that will never happen because one group want the other group to believe the way they do. So there will never be true Equality.
Should we treat people of different color or race the same as everyone else. Yes we should but then again it is something that will never happen as long as there is just one person who is a racist. Should we treat people with a different sexual orientation any different. No, the
Sexual orientation is distinct from other components of sex and gender, including biological sex (the anatomical, physiological, and genetic characteristics associated with being male or female), gender identity (the psychological sense of being male or female),* and social gender role (the cultural norms that define feminine and masculine behavior).
Sexual orientation is commonly discussed as if it were solely a characteristic of an individual, like biological sex, gender identity, or age. This perspective is incomplete because sexual orientation is defined in terms of relationships with others. People express their sexual orientation through behaviors with others, including such simple actions as holding hands or kissing. Thus, sexual orientation is closely tied to the intimate personal relationships that meet deeply felt needs for love, attachment, and intimacy. In addition to sexual behaviors, these bonds include nonsexual physical affection between partners, shared goals and values, mutual support, and ongoing commitment. Therefore, sexual orientation is not merely a personal characteristic within an individual. Rather, one's sexual orientation defines the group of people in which one is likely to find the satisfying and fulfilling romantic relationships that are an essential component of personal identity for many people"
American Psychological Association (APA) says " Sexual orientation refers to an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to men, women, or both sexes. Sexual orientation also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions. Research over several decades has demonstrated that sexual orientation ranges along a continuum, from exclusive attraction to the other sex to exclusive attraction to the same sex. However, sexual orientation is usually discussed in terms of three categories: heterosexual (having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to members of the other sex), gay/lesbian (having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to members of one's own sex), and bisexual (having emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to both men and women). This range of behaviors and attractions has been described in various cultures and nations throughout the world. Many cultures use identity labels to describe people who express these attractions. In the United States the most frequent labels are lesbians (women attracted to women), gay men (men attracted to men), and bisexual people (men or women attracted to both sexes). However, some people may use different labels or none at all.
So really what is all my babbling about? Groups of people are all fighting for what they call "Equality" and if we really get right down to it their "equality" is just another word for acceptance........