Here is a quote from page 576 of my book, Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, a business bible for people who want to do the right thing for all people:
“According to radical constructivists, all a person can see is the real world he or she invents, and to perceive is to invent. The best substantiation of this I have seen is in an article by Heinz Von Foerster, ‘On Constructing a Reality,’ in The Invented Reality (Watzlawick, 1984). Von Foerster points out the human nervous system has some 100 million sensory receptors scattered around the human body, that there are some 10 billion neurons in the human brain, that there are some 10,000 billion possible synapses (energy and information transfers) among sensory receptors, neurons, and other components of the human central nervous system, and that humans are 100,000 times more receptive to change in their internal environments than to change in their external environments.”
To say humans are complicated bio-chemical-electrical-information machines is an understatement. A problem is once sexual orientations, responses and satisfactions are incrementally programmed from birth for 15 or so years in human sensory receptors, neurons, neural networks and nerves by myriad internal and external stimuli and messages they are almost impossible to delete in adult life. Sexual orientations, responses and satisfactions are many and varied and probably have recurred in about the same frequencies within all human populations from one generation to another throughout human history. The current LGBT acronym for sexual orientations identifies four generic types, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual. Straight is another orientation.
Humans should perceive this process as reality and do the right thing dealing with sexual problems that affect all people. Since all sexual orientations and satisfactions naturally occur, not resulting from the exercise of free will by individuals, none are necessarily morally superior, although those entailing the abuse of others, especially children, must be socially controlled and legally prohibited.
In my judgment the US Supreme Court, in the spring of 2013, should once and for all legalize and legitimize marriages for all LGBT US citizens, thereby establishing a rational, proper and peaceful precedent for all people and nations, letting all people know in clear unequivocal language LGBT people are equal with all others morally and legally and have the same human rights.
Richard John Stapleton in an emeritus professor of business policy, ethics and entrepreneurship who writes on business and politics at www.effectivelearning.net.