Western society is quickly moving towards complete madness. The effort to celebrate absolute self-determination is out of control. Our neighbors are now demanding that courts overthrow reality in order to protect feelings.

We were all shocked when the argument was first made that “gender” is a social construct and so birth certificates can be changed to reflect the internal feelings of the individual, regardless of whether it matches their biological makeup.

Now we get fresh shocks everyday. We see demands for society to accept a person’s self-determined age, ethnicity, and even species.

Most recently, in the Netherlands a man, Mr. Ratelband, is demanding that a court change the age on his birth certificate to reflect the age he feels.

How could  Mr. Ratelband, who is 69, defend this outrageous demand?

“Because nowadays, in Europe and in the United States, we are free people,” Ratelband said in an interview. “We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender. So I want to change my age. My feeling about my body and about my mind is that I’m about 40 or 45.”

Are we the “free people” that Mr. Ratelband claims we are?

He is right that we are free to change our names. There are plenty of cases throughout human history of people changing their names. (Abram and Sarai had their names changed to Abraham and Sarah, Jacob to Israel, Saul to Paul, Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict, etc. etc.) Does the ability to change our names mean we also can change our gender and our age?

No, of course not. A name is a human construction for identifying an individual. A name is given and can be changed by individuals.

Changing one’s name is completely different from “changing” one’s biology or age. There is an obvious difference between what a person or thing is called and what a person or thing really is.

Gender is a product of biology, and age is a product of time. We do not control our own biology and we do not control time.

This frantic effort to conform reality to our feelings is leading us to chaos.

When courts began to allow people to “change” the legal recognition of biology, they opened the gates for people like Mr. Ratelband to demand a change to age. Where will this end? Can we legally demand to be recognized as taller than we are? Can we have a court decree that we have a higher IQ? That we are wealthier? That we run faster than we do?

Reality is under attack. We’re entering a mad age where reality will be denied by our neighbors, and where insisting upon reality will be considered a hate crime.

Don’t live up to those labels. Even as we stand for the truth, we should never hate any of these individuals. Everyone who is denying reality is motivated by something. Very often it is a deep confusion and pain that we can’t begin to comprehend.

We must love these, our neighbors, even when they deny reality. When they claim that our loving insistence on the truth is hatred, we must continue to stand for truth in love.