Society’s desire fetish distorts reality

Desires and feelings
Don’t determine reality
But often
Deceitfully twist it
And make truth
Their casualty.

Our culture seems to be obsessed with teaching us to live according to our desires instead of according to moral and ethical principles, but that doesn’t seem to be producing the vibrant mental health that most people would like to have. Instead of following rationality or science society is training people to follow and identify themselves by their illogical desires.

My desires don’t determine what’s good or bad — what’s right or wrong. Sometimes the things I want are morally wrong. If I make the strength and/or persistence of a desire my justification for obeying it, I admit that I’m its slave.

The first place I need to fight to overcome evil is within my own heart. Reality should always trump my desires!

Here’s an example: It’s irrational that society views a human fetus as either precious or disposable based solely on the desire of the mother. When prenatal human life is illogically seen as disposable no human life is safe.

Here’s another one: People have a right to practice gender denial. They are free to ignore biology and believe their desires and feelings instead, but they don’t have a right to impose their irrational denial on society.

Selfish desire
Isn’t a map
Or an app
That leads
To happiness.
It’s a trap
That needs
To be handled carefully
So that it doesn’t
Enslave you for life.

What we call self-love is often
Self-destruction in disguise,
Denying and distorting reality
To gratify our desires.

Photo by Olya Kobruseva on

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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