Saturday, December 25, 2010
"SAYA MALAY, SAYA OKAY"
"so why is it immoral to have sex with animals?"
"cause animals can't give proper consent, hence having sex with animals equals rape."
"well then would it be immoral to have sex with a frozen chicken?
to which i answered...
"to waste food is immoral."
and then he replied,
"what if the chicken was about to expire."
and someone also added,
"did he eat the chicken?"...
"i don't know... religion says you can't"
this is where it gets deeper and problematic.
you see, not everyone subscribes to the same religion or rather not everyone subscribes to religion in the first place. which makes questions regarding morality -tricky. it gets trickier when you are dealing with those who argue that morality should solely be based from a logical stand point and not religion. if you think what i am writing is ridiculous, you should stop now because it is not going to get better.
so how does one present a case on morality, solely using logic. you can't just say "euw that's gross", because what is gross to you might not be gross to others. you can't use concensus, because that wouldn't be fair to the minority. (just so you know there are countries that legally allow incest and beastiality).
malaysia's constitution is mostly anchored by religion. and let me state here for the record - i do not have problems with it. however, i also do note that this might be problematic if one began to question about basic human rights.
homosexuality for example.
some of you might have seen the "saya gay, saya okay," under "seksualiti merdeka" series on youtube. i was reading comments to the video and some of them were atrociously ridiculous, purely mindless epitaphs - a complete waste of braincells. on the flip side though i do understand why they came about.
homosexuality in malaysia can ONLY be argued from two aspects - either on the basis of religion and /or morality. for those who accept religion, MOST would be against it on the basis of both, however for those who discard religion, homosexuality is ultimately a question of moral - is it immoral allow it or immoral to disallow it on the basis of human rights which is what i think what "seksualiti merdeka" about.
to have a 33 year old malay man, presumably muslim featured over the internet in a country where muslims are the majority, such outrage is to be expected. i mean, one would be a monumental moron to expect otherwise - and since i think none of them in "seksualiti merdeka" is a monumental moron, i see this as purely manipulative at the expense of one malay man by the name of azwan playing martyr.
let's further simplify the situation. the odds of legalising homosexuality is pretty slim here in this country mostly (like it or not) due to religion. either an outright revolution where the sultanate and islam as official religion are removed or, go head to head with the imams and ulamas proving homosexuality is instead allowed. now if one were to argue that malaysia is a secular country for instance, consuming alcohol is allowed for non-muslims then i would say why then must you include mr. azwan as part of your cause - that doesn't make sense because mr. azwan is presumably muslim and if he was not, now that would bring us to a bigger problem which i shall refrain to discuss for now.
i was talking to a gay friend of mine (muslim malay), asking him whether he would do it - a youtube confession. he gave me the most sensible answer. he realises the situation here in the country and... he doesn't need EVERYONE to accept him the way he is. let's admit it... you can't expect everyone to accept you the way you are, gay or non gay. hmmmmmm... sensible and i have the utmost respect for that. who you are is of course your own right and no one has the right to tell you who you should be. acknowledging that however also needs to be coupled with the realisation that we should not shove such believe unto others.
anyway. that's that.
hemingway said to always include about the weather when writing or telling a story. storm is brewing... i hope i could run for cover.