It has nothing to do with his job, which would be the only valid reason someone should care.
So why am I writing a post on it?
Because a core Ushanka theme is the recognition of Moral Nihilism, and I am obligated to speak up when examples of this pop up. Cook's editorial is such an example.
What is Moral Nihilism? The rejection of traditional family and religious values. It was the common thread between the Soviet Communists and the German National Socialists, and was necessary for them to keep control of their populations. It is also a core element today in the Democrat Party. The more they can dilute religious and family values, the more control they can take.
Cook didn't say "I'm gay" and leave it at that. He could have, but he chose to go political. And this is why I'm posting.
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.My reactions to the items in bold above:
Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.
The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant.
1) Was "God" used here to deflect criticism from Christians? It is a common ploy among gays and is meant to dilute religious values.
2) I have written on the benefits of white men claiming minority rights by announcing they are gay. Cook reinforces this here, and by doing so encourages others to see themselves as victims. Not all gay men are billionaires heading up the largest corporation on the planet, and some are vulnerable to blaming something else for their setbacks and failures. Seeking victim status runs counter to traditional family values.
3) I'm suspicious when liberals talk about their empathy. I've come to understand empathy has its limits, and I would expect Cook's empathy to dissipate when confronted by a conservative who actively counters the gay political movement. By expressing political issues in a 'coming out' piece, Cook sends the very clear signal that he lacks tolerance and understanding for my opinions, and that his empathy is selective.
4) How sad is it that the only adversity that Cook considers worthy of sharing has to do with what he does in the privacy of his own home. The man has been part of a great company, which has seen numerous challenges over the years, and the adversity worth sharing is that he is attracted to men?
To the young men reading this: PLEASE don't let this happen to you. Get out there and find real adversity. Join the military. Take on more jobs than you can handle. Don't be an old man telling others you're a better man because you overcame the adversity associated with a particular sexual desire.
5) "Marriage Equality." This isn't a civil rights topic, nor even a real term. It is a liberal phrase intended to move the Moral Nihilism needle a little more to the left. "Marriage Equality" runs counter to traditional family and religious values. Cook lives in California which had civil unions for years. Civil unions allowed for all the rights of marriage, but without the word "marriage." It is a gay thing, a liberal thing, an anti-family values thing, to say "Marriage Equality."
Sorry to rain on your parade there Cook. But I know a political manifesto disguised as a human story when I see it. On the bright side, for your sake, I'm probably the only one to call you out on this. And I'll admit, the momentum is on your side.
That is the adversity I must overcome.
The video clip is from the Kids in the Hall movie, Brain Candy. A hilarious movie.