Some cultures don't see sex and sexual contact between same sex people to be sex. They just see it as entertainment. The WHO found that out when they interviewed about sex practices and tried to spread info about STDs -'cause the WHO researchers were all confused. Words like "gay" and "homosexual" have no meaning in such places, because such people use words like "play" to describe what basically all the men do.<quoted text>
I mean any preference that could be determined by empirical means at the time of birth or before.
Opposite sex relations can produce offspring, where same sex relations do not. Something like that can be the basis for a value that opposite sex relations are "better". In some settings, where a higher population poses a problem, the opposite value may arise, that same sex relations are "better", because you don't have to worry about supporting more children than you are capable of.
Other categories may be created in much the same way, based on observation and value assignment. Even though these categories may not have clear lines of definition, they become useful.
Totally - well said.We are pressured by our peers to adopt the same values, or be excluded. It's my way or the high way. Most people choose to conform. That's neither good nor bad, necessarily. We want the social interaction, and are willing to sacrifice some autonomy to get it. We can be trained, or train ourselves to change how we view the world and ourselves. Under different training, we would all be different people, drastically different.
Human beings are products capable of helping build themselves. Every new generation has opportunities that did not exist before.
It's worth noting that you seem to have chosen different friends over your church friends, though. So the adult you actively chooses friends who share similar ways of understanding the world. That would kind of be the opposite of peer pressure :)
But I'm sure this new Tide's social circle has its own kinds of pressure.