First, it is not.
Homosexuality has been observed in more than 480 species of animals so it is “natural” – whatever that means. Yet I guess that kind of scientific argument doesn’t really bode well with people who shout such definite statements to strangers in the streets for they don’t care for the actual laws of nature. They only follow the man-written laws of nature, the ones we write and change to agree with how we think things should be.
Philosophically, biologically and sociologically, the “natural” argument is ludicrous because human beings have always opposed nature and civilisation…
There is the idea, the same that drove colonisation, that there are two types of human beings: the civilised and the savages. Civilised people are not animals; they have managed to extract themselves from their biological condition by embracing several ways of life we group under the term “civilisation”: we have a codified language and literacy, we codified counting as maths, we have the ability to understand and create abstract concepts such as organised religion to understand the universe and explain our condition, we also are self-aware…well, most of us are… And mostly, we have conquered nature.
The idea in modern society is that the civilised man is not an animal anymore because he has vanquished nature, he has bent its laws, rewritten them to fit its own purposes so he now lives according to his will, not nature’s. Unlike the savage, the civilised one has evolved out of nature and he makes the rules now so he is not a slave of his biological condition.
“There is nothing natural in homosexuality so it should be banned.”
Yet, suddenly in our “civilised societies”, the people who have been enjoying the full array of civilised behavioural opportunities and have argued that humans are not animals…well these people suddenly care for the rules Nature has supposedly laid out, they feel obliged to differ and refer to Nature, they are calling for her to judge and condemn human behaviour.
Are these people really that close to Nature? Are they really ready to go back on their strict biological condition? I can wait to see that happening.
According to them, who like to ignore scientific evidence, “natural” ensues from comparing humans to what other animals are doing so let’s see:
Because there is nothing natural in sitting on a bench made from the trunk of an oak in a building made of stone dug from the Earth and talk silently to some deity that has never been proved to exist, only because a book says you should. Religion is unnatural and should be banned!
There is nothing natural in marriage. Even birds which spend their life with a partner don’t make such a fuss of clothing and ceremonies. There is no need for that. We could just be together, no need for official document or anything so marriage itself should be banned!
There is nothing natural in sitting on a chair made of modified liquid carbon in a huge box of melted and moulded metal and flying above oceans to spent two weeks playing on the beach. If human beings were made to fly, we’d have wings given to us by Nature so flying is unnatural in all forms, it should be banned!
There is nothing natural in paying for anything. There is nothing natural in saying that gold is pricier that silver or that diamonds are the most expensive of them all. There is definitely nothing natural in printing numbers on some paper and saying it’s worth the said number to buy some already cut meat wrapped in plastic in a building you have to drive to in a car. Money and capitalism should be banned!
And the fact is, there is nothing natural in homophobia. It should be banned.
If we start comparing human beings and other animals, the list is endless of our behaviours that we have and have never been observed in any other animals in nature and therefore are truly “unnatural” and should be banned.
Philosophically, biologically and sociologically, the “natural” argument is ludicrous because human beings have always opposed nature and civilisation, and…homosexuality can be found in both.
You cannot ban homosexuality because it is indeed natural.
You cannot ban homosexuality because it is indeed civilised human behaviour.