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Happy Feast Day Sts. Adam and Eve
Sts. Adam and Eve

Feast day: December 24

Saints Adam and Eve are not saints in the ordinary reference, historic or scriptural ways. Catholic tradition holds that Adam and Eve repented of their great sin and lived lives of holiness and are with Christ in heaven. Adam is the Father of the Human race. Eve, formed from Adam’s body, is his wife. The human race is descended from them. During the Easter Vigil Mass, St.Thomas Aquinas quote “oh holy sin of Adam” is used to make the point of how great Jesus’s death was for the human race.

A conversation and theory on existence and gender.

So I talked to a couple of people here on Tumblr, and I had a thought on gender identity.

First, we take the phrase ‘cognito ergo sum’ from Descartes to mean that one ponders on their existence, they must exist, if only in the first dimension as a point. The second dimension would be a projection of the first; a projection of our existence by means of subatomic reactions, chemical reactions and the existence of all matter as condensed energy interacting with one another, feeding into our sensory experience. The conclusive idea is, here, we exist in at least two dimensions, which is how we know to exist (first) and interact and have thoughts and sense things by means of the entropy-driven arrow of duration (second).

Next, we refer to St. Thomas Aquinas’s two modes of being; esse naturale and esse intentionale. Esse naturale refers to the existence of a tangible entity; people, stones, fluids, etc. Esse intentionale refers to the existence of a 'universal’; a metaphysical, non-tangible entity, such as a thought or feeling, that exists only through a tangible entity capable of expressing it. 

Now we connect the two; the esse naturale is intuitively thought of as 'real objects’ and 'esse intentionale’ thought of as abstract, metaphysical and 'not real’. However, we asserted that if we know of ourselves to exist according to Cartesian theory, we know to exist in at least one dimension. Having said that, the Cartesian theory of existence can theoretically be applied to the esse intentionale mode; if you are thinking it, it becomes as real as you. 

Now that I’ve established the existence of two dimensions and separated the physical world from existence itself, we can begin to talk about gender identity without associating it with the physical connotations of gender we have. In all systems, whether biotic or abiotic, there are two ways to empower a system; either one fuels, or sustains. The  fueler is the one that provides the energy and resources to the system, classically thought of as 'male’. The sustainer is the one that bears and cares for, and maintains order and studies the system, classically thought of as 'female’.

For this article, I would like to postulate that the two genders on both sides of the spectrum are the 'fueler’ and the 'sustainer’. This thinking of genders as the fueler and sustainer provides means of dissolving gender identity of the physical roles and adjectives associated with them; you can be a dainty, demure and studious fueler, or you can be a pioneering, domineering, and hardy sustainer. You can be gender-fluid and commit to both whenever convenient. You can be genderless, fulfil the requirements of either gender, and in principle never identify or commit as either one.

I should like to refer to the brief introduction to St. Aquinas’s modes of being when I say, the system being fueled or sustained can either by physical or metaphysical. The question is not what you choose to sustain; a child, a home, an idea, a feeling, a sexual connection, etc. One needs to recognize that adopitng either role is not exclusively restricted to personal life, work, or any other specific area of your life; it is the principle you assume for all areas of life. 

The question here is not, 'how I want to be seen’ or 'how I interact with other people’. The question is, 'how will I leave an impression on the system I am a part of?' 

January 28: Feast Day of St.Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church.

From the Common of the Day

Responsory (Wisdom 7:7-8, 9:17)

I prayed, and understanding was given me;

I entreated, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.

-I esteemed wisdom more than scepter or throne;

compared with her, I held riches to be nothing.

Who will know your design , O Lord,

unless you bestow wisdom,

and send your Holy Spirit from above?

-I esteemed wisdom more than scepter or throne;

compared with her, I held riches to be nothing.

Concluding Prayer

God our Father, 

you made Thomas Aquinas known for his holiness and


Help us to grow in wisdom by his teaching

and in holiness by imitation of his faith.

Grant this through Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with You 

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 

one God forever and ever,