No country this and no country that. No country will soon turn into such a familiar collocation.
There will soon be no country for what used to be normal. Old norms are being challenged now. This creates confusion. I foresee, for instance, that in the near future I might get shy to rank myself with one gender or another. Identifying yourself with either the female or the male gender may soon become a thing of the past. No longer normal, therefore.
A liberation of gender definition
OK, it doesn’t matter what gender I am. Which gender is hardly applicable nowadays, as it seems there are more than two. In a world of acknowledged diversity people dare define their gender by mixing together masculine and feminine in a variety of proportions.
This is good. It feels like a liberation, and also so very natural. It is in the overall trend of going back to archetypal roots. So immemorially back, before Adam and Eve. Into prehistory, when the earth was a formless void. The primordial androgynous being seems to be beckoning us back to a portal into pre-existence. I wouldn’t say into non-existence, as there must have been another universe before this. And thinking of the parallelity and immutability of universes, they are forever there.
The obsoletion of Adam and Eve
In a world of freedom of identity Adam and Eve have become obsolete archetypes. If I call myself simply a woman I might be in for a laugh. Being either woman or man is hardly cut out for normal. Who knows how much woman I am and how much man? Amid a clutter of universes, I may choose to go beyond the so called known one, based on duality. At a poly-universal scale I may be anything other than dual. And hasn’t quantum physics accepted the uncertainty principle? This very universe we have been for millennia endeavoring to know constantly pops out of duality, only to baffle us.
Other universes’ stars
Enlighteningly, we cannot rule out a perfectly humane truth. It stems protuberantly from our mundane existence. And it is the fact that freedom implies responsibility. Defining ourselves is all on us if we decline God’s offer to bring order into this world. Whoever feels God’s tailoring doesn’t suit them, is free to take this burden on themselves. And see themselves as normal for this post-post-post-modern world.
However, the question is should they? According to God’s rules, they shouldn’t. It is a sin. But there rises another question. Is God the ruler of all the universes out there? What if each universe has a different god? What if these people, opening to an infinity of possibilities, wish to relate themselves to other universal authorities? They may be this universe’s sinners, while other universes’ stars.
The problem is they cannot possibly know whose stars. Therefore they are still lost in space, so to speak. I’m having an oxymoronic image of them traveling light across universes, yet carrying this heavy burden of self-definition. The freer they believe themselves to be, the heavier the burden. It is true though that heaviness has nothing to do with empty spaces. Shall I presume then that such people have lost their earthly roots? As much as freedom is a blessing, lack of grounding can send you flying. And there is nothing humanely normal about this.
God blessed us with duality
But then, I surmise, there is this other possibility. Namely that God is ONE, yet, in His universal wisdom, kindness, and understanding, He blessed us with duality for reasons of simplicity. He just wanted to give us a helping hand and make our lives easier. He must have chosen a simple pattern to suit humankind as it was in its beginning. Simple, frail, hardly aware of the complexity of the universe in which they came into existence. It is exactly what we do with newborns, at a micro scale. We protect their minds from intricacies of any kind and gradually try to wake them to the real world.
Inevitably though, there comes a time when any human being starts looking for answers themselves and not infrequently they outsmart grownups in finding them. This is only but normal as, according to the law of evolution, their insight benefits from all there was before of them.
Shall we ask God for a revision?
Has humankind reached that level of inquisitiveness now as to question the appropriateness of God’s initial design being still in force? Is humankind mature enough to challenge what has been so far normal? And ask God for a revision? Seeing that some churches have already done that, I wonder what their application form looked like. Have they solicited that? Or rather they have taken the liberty without even asking?
Churches and faith have evolved remarkably along history, and any turning point caused great turmoil. Are we on the threshold of a new, global revolution in terms of gender identity against God?
It is only for our descendants to find that out and record the answer in history e-books, microchips or whatever device. For the time being, and for the people being, the question is simple. Are men and women still normal? Should they dare declare their gender identities as either male or female? All kinds of application forms still invite them to do that, and so do door signs on public toilets. But for how long, I wonder?
No country for normal men and women
In the face of so much aggressive public exposure of the new normal beings, I think I have the right to fear a violent revolution and a possible future exclusion. And when I say new, I do not mean gay or hermaphrodite or bisexual or transsexual or any other conceivable or inconceivable combination. I just mean loud people who march the streets making graphic gestures while crying out who they prefer having sex with.
People like me are shy to demonstrate and militate for our sexual choices. Does that mean we are not normal? Although I may be gay myself, or have not yet found my sexual identity, I simply don’t see myself flaunting underwear in the public square.