Saturday, February 26, 2011

St. Josemaria Escriva on Lady Gaga: Born This Way?

Lady Gaga's latest hit, Born This Way, is already being touted as the next great gay anthem and female power song.  The song begins: It doesn't matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M / Just put your paws up / 'cause you were Born This Way, Baby."  It is no surprise of the song's licentiousness and its insistence that people do not become who they are but instead are born that way.   After all, this is the pop diva who tells her fans that indeed what she does in public and on state is not a persona.  The egg she was carried in at the Grammys: Born that way.  The meat dress: born that way.  Boozing antics at Yankee's club house: born that way. Rhinestone bikini lingerie as the attire to a baseball game: born that way.  Ripping off Madonna: born that way.

I will not get into the  problems of the philosophical premise found in the song: that everyone is born the way they are and never change.  But to state the problem briefly: would it be tolerated if the wife beater, alcoholic, or kleptomaniac expressed that they do what they do because they were born that way?  Not likely. 

Yet, I still can't help wonder, what would the Saints say to Lady Gaga's insistence that she did not become the person she is but instead was born that way and in turn has no choice but to do what it is she does?

St. Josemaria Escriva might say to Lady Gaga: "Don's say 'That's the way I am -- it's my character.'  It's your lack of character."


not a minx, a moron, or a parasite said...

Perfect reference to St. Josemaria Escriva!

Mark@3-fold said...

Situation ethics has always been the favorite flavor of pop-culture devotees. I'm OK; you're OK is a sieve that will never hold water. They try to pull at the fabric of morality until there is nothing left but a thread...But the ugly head of sin and dysfunction always rears its ugly head.

Thank you for this post, and for exposing the thinking errors of these wayward souls.

beez said...

I've actually been pondering this on a subconscious level since I read it, and something came to mind this evening as I was finishing my homework for tomorrow.

The real reason that "I was born this way" so bothers me is what it really says about God, man and sin.

By saying, "I was born this way," people (especially practicing homosexuals and transvestites, but others as well) are saying "My sinfulness is not my fault. My sinfulness is, in fact, God's fault."

Hence, we're right back to the Garden, to Adam pointing at Eve and Eve pointing at the serpent. In fact, we've gone well past that, because we have chosen, as our scapegoat, God himself.

I'm a sinner, yes. I was born a sinner because I was born with the taint of Original Sin, but also because, in all likelihood, even if God gave us all what He gave Mary, total protection from Original Sin and concupiscence at conception, we'd all be more like Adam and Eve than Mary and Jesus.

"I was born this way" is nothing more than our sinful human pride pointing to someone else to blame. Only now, we've decided to eliminate the middle man and blame the Creator himself.

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Sarah said...

This is both profound and hilarious. "Meat dress? Born that way." A recent Glee episode praised this as an "anthem of self-love." No thank you, although the beat is catchy and I agree that God doesn't make mistakes. Ironically, the episode also featured a woman with OCD being challenged to build character and overcome it, rejecting that she was "born this way." Deep down, they knew Josemaria was right.

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