Since the beginning of mankind, as well as of womankind, the idea of applying transcending significance to almost anything, or anyone, has always been a custom in every civilized collective consciousness (coagulum). This is surely evident by archaeological findings of ancient temples and worship (e.g., hybrid Egyptian gods, crossbreed Grecian titans, etc.). And even now, you have many religious Christians that believe (figuratively feel) in a biblical trans-divine God (e.g., the Holy Trinity God). Even in the realm of modern science and physics, in whereas the agility of creating is connoted to forces that are totally devoid of sentience (awareness); are assigned with incredible randomized circumstantial powers, that are responsible in formations of existences and life (e.g., the empirical pragmatics of Darwin’s evolution, and Hawkins’s Big-Bang suggestions). “Individualism” too has been signified with transcending unconditional ideas, that are totally in contrast to innate conditional creations. Even “spirituality,” love and freedom is connoted with transcending outlooks. It seems that to every existing thing and life, there is some sort of transcending side (dimension) to them (something superior: something, beyond, that supersedes everything and everyone that exist; including, the-Creator itself). There is now an explosive trend of adapting and making application of transgender philosophy (with both adults and children). Some transgenders keep it totally idealistic for entertainment and identity purposes; but others, take it literally, as a physical transformation way of life; to a point of, no return: In adversely, to some literal transgenders, the journey is an unintentional kamikaze in the end.
The etymology of the word transgender is pretty much self-explanatory. You take a look at it, and divide the L. prefix, trans–, from the suffix word, –gender (which comes from the L. word, genus; meaning, race, kind, species, etc.): and enjoining them together, you now have a kind that can be identified as a transgender man, or transgender woman (and it basically means, an unconditional kind that’s above a kind that’s conditioned). Curiously, the L. verb prefix, trans–, indicates: across, pass, over, and even hybridized. But even more curiously, in the L. verb word, transcendere, it indicates, to climb over/beyond: or better yet, to escape inclusion in. Escape to where or what? Or escape from what or who? In order to fully understand the L. word “transcendere” (transcendence), we need to first identify what exactly is this inclusion that one needs to either escape in, or cross over in. And we’ll also then need to understand where, what and whom an individual is escaping from, in order to then understand, if possible, what transgender and transcendence is.
An Exclusive Condition
Most exclusive communities are socially constructed in many composite institutions (such as, an institution of education, employment, religion, family and entertainment). Most such exclusive institutions demand certain rules to be adhered to, especially theological rules that are based on subjective principles, virtues, morals and ethics; and, objective laws that are worth lifesaving, admonishing and exhorting: The sole purpose for these rules is to maintain order, that is both procreative and progressive, so that as the human species that we are, can survive and thrive throughout the generations, in accordance to our kind’s preservation. The problem with certain exclusive communities is that they fall short, unable to sustain and maintain an environment that is free of violent and crime conditions. Many who make the rules, don’t exercise those very rules them-selves, and yet, still expecting others to keep them. Many even endorsed hatred and segregation, causing social community havoc and tragedies. At one time, almost all exclusive institutions were sort of unanimous, in being under theological rule, but that unity was beginning to fall as soon as it has started (just like wormwood), for the simple fact, that there are many religions that collided with each other; causing therefore, confusions, doubts, distrusts and challenging questions.
The error about exclusive communities is when they become so precise in conditioning things with gender (e.g., with colors, mannerism, styles and trends, feelings, behaviors, desires, needs and iconic objects). For example, if a man likes to wear pink shirts, his family and neighbors may coerce him into not wearing it, because in their opinions, the color pink is for women: when in fact, color really has no gender. In such exclusions, if a man is cognate with the instinct of being sexually attracted to the same-sex, he would be considered to be mentally ill; and if his family members are traditionally religious, he might be told that homosexuality is a choice, and a sin; and that he would burn in hell if he commits such a sin. The odd thing about all this, is that, most who condemns anything, also practice what they condemn in such exclusions. The fact is that most exclusive communities are extreme, brutal, unjust and fallible: hence, the need to revolutionize and make things right and balanced. But many revolutions, throughout the generations, have been proven to be just as the same, or worst, when they too became exclusive (e.g., the revolution of Cuba, with Fidel Castro: 1953–1959). All in all, whether or not such exclusions are acclaimed to be supported with the aid and blessings of the biblical God, most of these restrictive communities seem to be more solely governed by humane efforts, than by divine assistance.
The fact is, since being a man and a woman is so precisely and profoundly specified, in every possible opposite aspects and attractions, it causes a great deal of confusions to many, who are innately to needs and desires that conflict those strong gender definitive (e.g., a boy may be taught that a man is only supposed to desire women during his upbringing. And if he has shown any sensual attraction towards the same-sex, he may have been chastised for it, in order to have the “error,” as many suggest that it is, corrected). With this kind of coerced upbringing, by the time the boy finally achieves his adult independent life, he might reason in confusion that his instinctive same-sex attraction must then be due to something else since he is supposed to only have desires for women, instead. In order to then make sense of his current disarray, he may assume that perhaps he was born in the wrong body, because he is, after all, experiencing his instinctive same-sex attractions as genuinely inborn, and not as a choice: To then eventually, publicly acclaim that he is a woman trapped in a male’s body; hence, the need to then adapt and apply the transgender philosophy identity starts to make sense to him. But the matter of the fact is, that one doesn’t have to be a woman to desire men: a man too can genuinely desire men, and vise-versa with women desiring women. This could be one of the major reason, out of numerous ones, why so many transgenders are coming out. The need to then escape this exclusion, is then necessary: However, would this need to then boycott for inclusions really be liberal, and transcending?
An Inclusive Condition
Most inclusions are socially constructed as a haven for those who need sanctuary from exclusions. Inclusive communities are entirely diversified, whereas all sorts of life can come and become a part of such inclusions: to become unanimous in one voice, in one heart, and in one power; and revolutionize against behemoth manipulative, hatred, segregated and unjust exclusions. All races, heritages, preferences and faiths are welcome in such inclusions to express them-selves as genuinely possible. But just like in the realm of exclusive communities, you also have inclusions that are still somewhat exclusive (e.g., Charismatic Christians are inclusive with interracial marriages, but not same-sex marriages).
There are then specific inclusions, however, still not accepted in the entire realm of admittance: One of them happens to be the insertion of transgender (e.g., The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of NYC: Located at, 208 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011: This is just one of many similar communities). Because of these supporting and aiding gay communities, a transgender could escape and avoid segregation and restrictions: escaping from one condition into another. Although these kind of communities do not at all serve the purpose to procreate and preserve the human species, that doesn’t mean that such communities are without utter purposes. They do have a solid and legit purpose that still benefits in the preservation of the human species. Surprised!? Don’t be, because that very survival and preservation purpose is to avoid the catastrophe of an overpopulation of our kind (sort of likened to deer hunting season, in order to avoid an overpopulation of such species, to then decrease dangerous conditions for human life on the road: Of course, this actual analogy is only used for a symbolic point to stress how imperative it is to control population). Therefore, this kind of insertion, within our world(s), actually balances our life cycles as human species; avoiding chaotic population. Also, these kinds of life balancing-preserving communities still serve the purpose to build families, to adopt children; many children possibly abandoned by homophobic heterosexuals.
These communities also contribute in the economy, by paying taxes (unlike religious churches), buying goods, working in businesses, contributing in volunteering lifesaving projects; and even serving in the military to preserve and protect the US democracy way of life. Who’s to say then that such communities are useless, and without purpose? Any exclusion that would prefer to differ, would be ignorant of such insertions; or even worse, just boldly prejudice against these inserted communities no matter what good they are contributing with and in. However, as good and beneficial these inserted communities are, are they still a transcendent realm where literal transgenders can find cognate conditional freedom within them-selves?
As we have seen, although inclusion communities do offer sanctuary, especially to those who are stigmatized with hatred and unjust by the exclusive communities, they are, nevertheless, not transcendent. These communities still are not an above and beyond inclusion from the exclusion. Either side, no matter which one it is, has the very same problems, dilemmas, dramas, poverty, hatred, segregation, violence and crimes, etc. So when one discovers him-/her-self as a transgender, and he/she rapidly boycotts from one side to the other, that one will still realize that your everyday usual problems still exist in the same. The only difference is, the people’s outlook in life and philosophy. So there is no actual above and beyond conditions on the other side. In a realization like this one, the grass is not always greener on the other side: Sometimes, the grass on other side is just as the same; or worse. So where then can a transgender, or any other transcendental minded individual, can run and find actual transcendence?
The L. verb word, transcendere, further means for one to outdo, surpass, or excel one-self from his/her current conditions. This could be understood in many different perspectives (spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, literally, or figuratively). For example, a person may consider one-self to be transcending because of overcoming a short fused of anger and rage. To others, transcendence is purely spiritual, in the sense, that the metaphorical spiritual aspect of a one-self has been risen above in some form of higher enlightenment, by some form of a transcendent deity/force; but that too is very subjective, because enlightenment is mostly perceived individually. Some people find it transcendental in serving Satan instead of the biblical God (Jehovah/Yahowah/Yahweh), or the biblical Jesus (in the form of the Holy Trinity: or, the Lord). Yet, others find it transcendental in overcoming obesity, by achieving and maintaining a physical bodybuilding status. For some people, it is quite simple that the meaning of transcendence is nothing else but a strong will, that helps one to overcome short-comings of our conditional souls (animating physical bodies). Nonetheless, this self-willed disposition that most people perceive as superiority, is purely speculative. What may be transcending to you is not so for someone else, not even in the least. So far, it seems that transcendence is more of a superlative suggestion than anything else, because all in all, after a successful application of a transcendental disposition, the outcomes in the end are still conditionally transient. But others, strongly prefer to differ.
Additionally, the L. transcendere indicates something beyond all formations, or beyond all conditions. This superlative status, when achieved, it supposes to be everlasting; or unending. That is why a great majority of people find comfort in the conviction that the afterlife is transcending (unending), because it is believed that a part one-self continues, existing everlastingly in the universe; hence, the belief in the immortality of the soul. That, however, is an axiom, because there’s no actual proof of such afterlife. Also, the rebirth doctrine, in the parable of being reborn, is also considered transcending: however, in the end again, the outcome of such figuration is still transient in its lasting physical condition. It is evident then, so far, that transcendence is purely ideal: simply because such ideas cannot alter current physical conditions (e.g., not being able to arise above from death), but just enough to rise above in one’s own will and habitual dispositions.
Regardless of such abstract being only philosophical, such sentiments, practice as a way of life are still great, because it helps one to at least alter some automaton self-destructive habits, and to revamp and revise the quality of one’s own life, for the better: Perhaps because the changes are so overwhelmingly surprising and personal, that to them, there’s no better way to explain those experiences than as transcendence: nonetheless, regardless how breathtaking personal profound changes, and acquired new enlightenment, can be special to an individual, its designation as transcendence is still a misnomer. The reason for that is because according to the etymology of the L. verb, transcendere, it indicates something that goes beyond a scope, or beyond an encompassed condition; as a matter of fact, “transcendence” actually means to go above all conditions, because in the former Latin culture of Rome, it was believed that everything that is made of conditions are below a superlative realm. The Latin at that time were very superstitious with their gods, giants, hybrids, and superheroes: They believed, just like any other civilization before them, that there is some superior dimension/being that is above all matters and conditions, and that we can somehow access its powers to receive blessings, favors, answers and protection from it. Generations later, Vedic religions (the Vedas of Hinduism), of the Aryan people, began to permeate in the parts of the northwestern India to Persia; it was then that people began to apply the philosophical belief of the “namaste” (which is another term for “namaskar,” a traditional Indian greeting, or gesture of respect, that is applied by bringing one’s palms together before one’s own face or chest, and bowing in order to greet the god within each greater, that’s within us all): the very thing believed that is “transcendent” in all of us. This paved the way, not just to what is transcendent in everything and everyone, but also to the metaphorical belief and application of “spirituality” (that which is immaterial in our material biological containment: the transcending spirit that supposed to transcend above all scopes and conditions, in order to help us escape even from death itself; in other words, to escape from all that which is transient, or limited). However, to escape from all that which is scoped and encompassed, is not at all feasible, but in feeling only.
Every single thing and person, great or small, terrestrial or celestial, human or divine, is conditioned within peripheral confinements: If it’s not, no power of any condition can exist if it’s not circumscribed in its continuation of survival. In order to understand this in further details, my being suggests that you read both of my articles by clicking on the following entitling links: “Unconditioning Conditions,” and then, “the Almighty (not Unlimited, after all).” These articles will give you further in-depth understanding that everything and everyone that exists, must be made of a certain condition that’s enclosed, in order to continue a presence in manifestation, within an appropriate rank. So it seems then, that the need to transcend (escape) is after all, a need to emancipate limiting conditions, or perhaps, alter them as much as possible. “Transcendence,” is then after all, a cry out to freedom: The liberal need to cross over beyond conditions: To escape from all circumstances. That would then entail that the only possible thing/being that anyone can escape (transcend) from and to, is from measures to “immeasurable.” Can it then be that there is such a place: is there such a being that’s without measures (unlimited).
The fact is, anything that is the opposite of limits, is the “unlimited.” And according to one of my former articles, “Unconditioning Conditions,” every single thing that exists, is made of power of some sort: And since every single power has measures, variable temperatures and degrees, that then means that everything and everyone that exist must be conditioned distinctively, that is, according to their kinds (and their ranks). So for someone to escape, or transcend (ascend), to something beyond all conditions, that would simply then imply escaping to something that’s totally the opposite (something then without measures; without variable temperatures; without ranks; without kinds; etc.), in which is absurd, because anything or anyone without any of those conditional massed elements is death itself. So the concept and disposition of “transcendence” is then purely tenet (and could be conceit, depending on the individual), because for anything to exist as the opposite of all conditions can only exist in the-Mind. How does this then apply to literal transgenders?
The term, transgender, begat in the Gregorian year of 1988 (from, trans– + gender); idealistically meaning, an endogenous muliebrous/masculine identity, that is beyond (or, in contrast) to the innate pudendum/cullion conditions: This term was designated as an identity-crisis issue because the former label, which was transsexual, was more of a medical issue than mental. The term, transsexual, was designated as a biological cerebral default, in whereas the sex-related structures of the brain, that’s responsible for defining innate gender personalities, conflict with the inborn physical sexual organs of the body. However, through profound psychoanalysis, it was discovered that such issue was more of a selfdom controversy: An identity-crunched dilemma that needs proper psychoanalytical therapy for clarity, and for grounding awareness and understanding. You do, however, have many individuals that will go on debating, without end, about the differential semantics between transgenders and transsexuals, but it’s really all the same thing. The only difference is, that when a transgender determines to make his/her contrasting gender identity literally, he/she will be ready to take the next step, which is to go through a transsexual surgery: So the meaning of transsexual has been solely reduced to a medical surgical procedure. But aside from all that debate and identity-confusions, the overall issue here is really about becoming self–transcendent by “transgendering” innate conditional freedoms, in exchange for idealistic freedoms, that are beyond (in contrast) of conditional limits: A contrasting “unconditional” idea that can be inimical to innate conditions, if taken literally.
Before a transgender identity person becomes an actual literal transgender man, or a transgender woman, he/she should consider a few things before going through a transsexual surgery, which is to a point of no recovery. On many occasions, many people overlook that freedom is only an innate position: But what happens is that most people tend to have an unconditional idea about them-selves that contradicts variable conditions (above and below). This is evident by witnessing many middle class, rich and famous people stipulating in the media, that there is absolutely nothing out there that you cannot do if you want it so badly: This, however, is not fair; because those that make such affirmations publicly, are not really aware that their freedom is solely based in the country (condition) they were born in, so that their freedom is really conditional. If you were to go to Ethiopia of Africa, where the hunger and poverty is overwhelming, and you were to stipulate the same positive affirmations that you did in the USA, what kind of facial and vocal response will you get against you? It would not be a just and fair public declaration simply because, the external conditions in those areas are not congruent with the innate conditional freedom of its citizens; therefore, disabling their rights to their actual natural freedom. This is imperative for a transgender to grasp, and to realize that true freedom is really conditioned (not beyond/outside of conditions); and that conditions must then be just right in order to experience the elation of such innate freedom: However, conditions must be legit, not counterfeited, or under pretentious physical appearances, in order to experience inborn provisional freedom, legitimately.
The freedom to experience what is like to be an innate male, or an innate female, is solely congenital (so that a transgender person may look like a mediated woman in the flesh, but yet, she’s still not female). Touching the topic in what philosophically makes a man into a man, or what philosophically makes a woman into a woman, is entirely subjective (i.e., an innate female can still be a man, idealistically: Being a man, and a male, are two different things; they are not always in harmony: You can mediate a woman, but you cannot mediate a female): Hence, it is solely the intrinsic freedom, in male and female genitalia, that determines liberal senses as a conditioned male, and as a conditioned female: And it is only within these conditions, that the freedom to procreate in carnal elation is owned and experienced. This kind of freedom cannot be transcending because it is solely inbred within confinements; and anything that is of transcending origin, is beyond (in total contrast) to all kinds of confinements, literally or idealistically. As we all know, even the freedom to procreate is inheriting. The word-forming prefix, pro–, in procreation, means, to project forward or out through space and time: hence, to procreate is to preserve our species, by creating our kind into continuous existence: and that’s a freedom that’s totally and utterly conditional; not at all transcending.
Even if a man would prefer to marry another man, they both would still have the freedom to procreate outside of their barren marital condition, by seeking and inseminating a transient clinical surrogate mother, in order to then remedy their barren conjugal condition: And vise-versa if a woman is married to another woman, and they seek a temp-medical surrogate father, to be inseminated by him. Under these barren matrimonial conditions, a genuine conditional substitute remedy is still available because they did not permanently alter, nor entirely sacrificed their innate conditional freedom to procreate: and in this way, a part of them can still continue in existence throughout the coming generations; participating also in the preservation of the human species. But what happens if a transgender identity person decides to go under the knife, and becomes a literal transgender man/woman in the flesh? Would a transgender man/woman still be consonant with a native man/woman? Surprisingly, there might be some consonance between them after all, philosophically, that is.
Most all transgenders, except for those who are solely doing it for entertainment purposes (or just apply it for identity expressions), affirm that they feel like women trapped in male’s bodies if they’re innately male; or feeling like men trapped in female’s bodies if they’re innately female. This probably occurs because ‘The-Self’ (the-Ego/the “I”) habitually and consistently self-reflects with just about everything that’s externally and internally. And the custom that an ego persistently practices, is self-echoing with one’s own “sexuality.” In the philosophical practice of self-perceiving in personification, ‘the-Self’ is able to personify one’s own sexual exertions of choice with identity (e.g., straight, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, etc.). As much as an individual strongly affirms in the importance of designating identity with sexual exercises, it is, nevertheless, purely tenet. No matter what the sexual-label an individual express as or with, the innate provisional genitalia demonstrates for itself that you’re either a male, or a female; at least, in the sense of congenital state. Idealistically, however, some prefer to differ, and become philosophical in determining what makes a real man manly, and a real woman womanly: Regardless the debate about this matter, it is, nevertheless, a preference: that is, a choice if one alters innate sexual conditions into “unconditional” mediated asexual conditions. A great amount of people of all race, cultures and beliefs, are experiencing some form of contrasting idealistic gender. And now that many communities from different countries are becoming inclusive, and away from exclusives, a lot of transgenders are coming out of their closets (from children to adults). And it’s pretty amazing that even very young children are beginning to identify with contrasting idealistic genders (at an age where most people once believed that it wasn’t even possible to self-reflect with anything, or anyone); talk about, “out of the mouth of babes.”
The designated label, transgender, finally comes in and saves the day for many with conflicting idealistic genders, to comfortably accept and apply wholeheartedly, in self–identification: this helps them to explain what they’re experiencing, or desiring, in a mystical phenomenal interpretation: hence, the need to then self-excuse one’s own conflicting gender preferences as, “transcendence.” The reason then for this kind of conflict becomes lost in confusion (a mystery), superlative puzzling, and therefore, unknown: Meriting it then a sanctuary aspect; and a possible blessing from the-Creator.
For many transcending discerning transgenders, the need to bring their idealistic conflicting genders into physical fruition, becomes extremely overwhelming. To some, the conflicts can be very suffocating that they seek psychological and psychiatric aid: others, give in to suicide. Still others, if successfully financed, go under the knife; hoping that through the transsexual surgical procedures, those idealistic conflicting genders become an actuality, finally harmonizing physically: Yet still, they may not fully grasp the gravity of what he/she has really done, in going beyond a pivoting axis: a kamikaze, if you must say (with no rebounds whatsoever). When and if a transgender has reached to this point of permanence, he/she may not still be in full grasp of what they have actually sacrificed. Which is why, even after a successful transsexual surgery, many will still commit suicide.
“Transgendering” innate sexual conditions, through transsexual surgical procedures, does not help one to achieve innate freedom that a transgender person may be in expectation of before the surgery. As a matter of fact, after such surgery, a transgender man/woman has really null their innate conditional freedoms (e.g., like having their congenital freedom either spayed/neutered). If a man goes under the knife, you now have a transgender woman, for say, with foreign objects in her chest to seemingly protrude female breasts: had his penis transformed to resemble the look and feel of a vagina: and she will now have to habitually continue, without end, taking in estrogen injections to maintain her effeminate appeal. But because such a surgery did not actually transform the genitalia through and through (testicles to ovaries), the result of it all is pseudo. And what the transgender person has then actually done is become a counterfeited pretentious female (in other words, an unconditional female); because the current conditions, after the surgery, is made fully barren (making former fertile conditions, unconditionally infertile): In other words, she ends as soon as she starts, because before the surgery, he was “conditioned” to procreate; but now, after the surgery, she is unable to “unconditionally” procreate: And therefore, unable to generate a part of her throughout continuous existence, through the generations to come. Because of her kamikaze surgery, she is now a woman who is now neither an innate female, or an innate male (her current altered genitalia is now mediated “unconditionally” in its’ condition). This may still, however, be all good if the transgender transsexual accepts to deprive him-self of his innate conditional freedom, in exchange for his idealistic freedom.
Since a transgender man/woman is mediated and not innately, the inborn conditional freedom of experiencing what is like to be a congenital male/female, will always be idealistic. Even through a successful transsexual surgery, the freedom that’s acquired afterwards, will only be imagined, always. A transgender woman will never have the intrinsic freedom of an innate conditional female: and a transsexual man will never have the intrinsic freedom of an innate conditional male: Just because a transsexual surgery procedure can make innate genitalia conditions appear as metamorphosed, that doesn’t mean that such transformations are legit (in order for a physical genitalia transformation be legit, the agility of metamorphosing in of itself, must also be an innate agility, in order to then alter the innate genital conditions, legitimately: Take for example, the innate metamorphosed agility of a conditional caterpillar, transforming into a conditional butterfly). Hence, after a transsexual surgery, the current conditions are still unconditional (still remaining as an “unconditional” condition). All in all, the only freedom acquired after such surgery, only exists in idea. In a situation such as this, the selective transcending path, that has been chosen by the transgender person, did not actually ascended conditionally, but instead, descended unconditionally.
It seems that “transcendence” is not so transcending after all: at least, when such superlative concepts are tried in making it into a physical manifestation (or to try to make it into a reality). “Transcendence” can then only remain as transcending when it’s kept solely as an idea, “unconditionally,” of course.
In its most genuine and pure conception, transcendence is always purely “beyonding” in of itself; that is why it is beyond of any and every matters and conditions that exists in any dimension: It is the beyond that’s even beyond itself; always forever “beyonding,” in “beyondedness,” if there ever were such derivations.
Transcendence is then nothing more or less than a mediated freedom, that only exists in notions (and even if you were to apply the idea of transcendence as the Creator’s make-up and status, that too would be false, because even the Creator has power; and therefore, obviously conditioned: Hence, the idea of “Transcendence” even supersedes the Creator itself). Anything then to exist at all, in concrete (in reality and actuality: visibly or invisibly), must be conditioned: and since Transcendence is beyond all such conditions, it actually then does not exist in reality. It isn’t real, because it can’t exist; at least, in continuation.
One Last Note
Explaining that the concept of “transcendence” is not real, because it can’t exist, is not being referred to transgender people (for they are real, as much as you and my being are). And as long as a transgender understands, through and through, exactly what he/she is actually doing, before actually going under the knife, my being fully supports him/her if it will bring happiness and satisfaction in the end.
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