Gay Marriage

“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:5

Gay marriage was legalized today in the USA and it should be, depending on what your definition of marriage is.

I think that the problem a lot of people are having with this debate is that they aren’t actually articulating their disagreements with each other clearly. Saying “I’m opposed to gay marriage” really isn’t saying much. Marriage is such a complex word.

Some aspects of marriage:
Two people who express affection for each other (hopefully)
Two people living together (usually)
Two people who are legally able to visit each other in the hospital, as family.
Two people who can file taxes together (if they want).
Tons of other things.

So when you say “I’m against gay marriage” which of these things are you against?
When I say “I am against gay marriage” I am professing my stance against my belief in the misuse of sexuality specifically. I am also against premarital sex, contraception and abortion, thus maintaining what I consider a “strong moral ground” for my arguments from that point. Here is what I think the purpose of sex is

“Marital sexuality achieves two purposes. The Church affirms, first, its role in creating new human life, sometimes called the procreative dimension of sexuality. In giving birth to children and educating them, the couple cooperates with the Creator’s love. Second, sexual union expresses and deepens the love between husband and wife. This is called the unitive, or relational, aspect of sexuality.” Excerpt from This page specifically.  You can find plenty more on the Catholic understanding of the purpose of sexuality on hundreds of websites.

I am for a legal union of 2 (or 3 or 5 or 100) homosexual, pansexual, transexual, octosexual, metrosexual or lumbersexual individuals. I am still opposed to the union on religious grounds, which is completely within my ability to do as a legal gay marriage was declared today, not a religious gay marriage. A person can be for something legally that you disagree with personally. My favorite example is smoking which I refer to often. The challenge with each of these unions is that we need to understand what rights the individuals in each union want out of it? If you are only going to be married for a short time perhaps marriage is not for you anyway? It’s much easier to end a relationship that there are no legal ramification for, now I don’t think that’s a good way to have a relationship  at all, but it’d certainly be a lot easier for all parties involved. This goes for many heterosexual couples also.

I think that one problem that has plagued “marriage” is the intermingling of legal and religious marriage. All married people are legally married, at least if they want the benefits. Some are married in a church. If you are familiar with a Catholic marriage you will understand that while you can be divorced from your spouse in your legal marriage, you are still bound by your religious marriage. Similarly you can be married again in the legal manner, once you are divorced, but you can not be married again in the Catholic church until you have your first marriage annulled, which is not saying it’s over but saying that in fact it never happened. Annulment is a declaration that there was something present from the beginning of the marriage that disordered it from the beginning.

We as people are hardly to blame, completely, for our complete lack of understanding. We don’t take the time to understand what each other is actually trying to say or why we are saying it. It’s a result of the short attention span shown in the media.
I hope each religious person will take the time to consider what part of gay marriage they are against and perhaps take a look at how their lives are also at odds with God. One of my favorite responses to the question of sin comes from Frank Turek where a man asks him “Why doesn’t God get rid of all the evil?” Frank responds with “Perhaps because he’d have to get rid of you! And me.” What he is reminding us is that we are all sinners. While I am against homosexual relationships because I believe they are inherently sinful, via the misuse of sexuality, I am also aware of all the times I personally have not lived up to the pure ideals of sexuality put forth by Jesus and the Church.

We like to point to others whose sin appears egregious to us, while ignoring our “minor sins” but if we truly believe that all sins are equal, as most Christians do, perhaps we need to spend less time worrying about others and more worrying about ourselves. I will continue to campaign for the correct use of sexuality by both homosexual and heterosexual couples, married and not but I will not waste my time trying to make a union of 2 homosexuals (or any other sexuals) illegal simply because I disagree with their definition of the word.

Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” – Mark 12:17

The implication here being that the legal definition of marriage is for the legal system to determine. If you disagree with it you don’t have to agree it, and that’s ok.


What Is A Dyson Sphere?

The whole earth uses approximately 15 TW (terawatts) of energy/year. The sun that strikes the earth would be able to create 89,300 TW/year. The sun is able to provide 5953 times as much energy as we need!

A Dyson Sphere is a theoretical megastructure that would be able to absorb all the energy from a star, such as the sun. Think of it as a ball completely enclosing the sun that absorbs all the energy that star puts out. That’s a ton of energy as shown above! But we don’t need that much energy. According to this site, we don’t need anything near the size of a dyson sphere to provide all the energy we need as a world. We only need enough solar panels to cover a land mass the size of the country of Spain, spread over the world, that’s not a lot of land at all!

What would we do with all this energy? Obviously we’d power all the appliances in our houses! What else could we do? How about power our cars? If you haven’t heard about Tesla Motors, you are missing out. Tesla is a company started by super genius, Elon Musk. He started the company with the intent of making an all electric car for the common person. He is nearly there. Tesla Motors is planning to launch the Model 3 (their 4th car) in 2017. This car is projected to have a range of 200 miles and a cost of $35,000, about on par with many current vehicles. Their first car was the Tesla Roadster, a sports car based on a Lotus Elise to display the technology. Their 2nd car was the incredible Model S sedan. The Model S is a 7 passenger sedan available with a range between 200 and 265 miles. It can also be charged (for free after a fee) at over 170 superchargers available around the USA and 445 in the world, and more being built every day! Here is a map of all of them.
While every Tesla is an incredible car and works great in places dense with  superchargers, in places such as where I live, Iowa, it’s not quite the perfect, do all car, yet. For this time in history, a great thing would be a car that could drive most of it’s miles on an electric charge but also have a backup gasoline/diesel/fuel motor to extend it’s range. Luckily, there is a car just like that available on the market today, the Chevrolet Volt. It has a range of 38 miles on electricity only (for a 2012) and a fuel extended range of 341 miles using its gas engine, likely much farther than you care to drive! With those numbers up to 95% of all trips could be made using electric energy according to this study that shows the average trip is under 30 miles. How long is your daily commute or average trip? Of course one new issue we get with electric cars is that we would have to plug them in every night. What a hassle! Never fear, technology is here! Using the Plugless L2 charger, we are able to just park our car and it automatically charges itself, problem solved! The Plugless L2 is obviously a bit more expensive than a plug in charger, but that’s what technology is, convenience for a price. A plug in charge is about $500 for a Chevrolet Volt while a Plugless L2 is about $2000, but how much is your time and convenience worth! Also, think of all the savings you have from all the gas you aren’t using! Couple that with the fact that you can’t put a price on being green and the cool factor of being in the future and I’d say it’s a no-brainer, get the electric car with a wireless charger!

If you aren’t excited for the future after reading this I think there may be no hope for you! Let’s march to the future and up the Kardashev Scale.