I just have a question for those who believe the recent trend of porn culture becoming mainstream over the last few years is a wonderful thing.
Every time things change & there is a cultural shakeup, there is a value judgement made by society. After the civil rights movement, as a society we came to the conclusion that it was a revolution that deserved to be embraced–it forced us all to look within ourselves and make a choice between self-denial or acceptance of moral truth. In other words, the movement had undeniable value.
The Vietnam war–ultimately we resolved ourselves to the fact that it was a mistake. Our efforts were misguided, therefore there was not enough value in it for us to consider it “a proud moment” in our history.
The hippie movement–it started out with good intentions but had serious flaws, which ultimately obscured the positives. There was value but the inherent problems (drug abuse, stupid extremisism, excess) pretty much nullified the initial idealism. So that one more or less ended up a toss-up.
My point is, history makes the judgement ultimately.
Let’s take the current permissive porn culture movement. Young people are just lettin it all hang out. Kids of any age can go online & see any kind of visual representations of human fetishes that exist. Some people think this is great and healthy. There’s a growing mentality that there should be no barriers, no taboos, everything should be available to anyone, no matter how bizarre, neurotic, deviant, or disturbing it might be to the “repressed”. Kids are being exposed to representations of rape, murder and incest by artists who are being embraced by the mainstream entertainment industry. Young girls are being encouraged to alter their bodies (breast implants, plastic surgery) so they will be “accepted” by a societal sub-culture that is driven by, and obsessed with, empty superficiality.
Say we just “let go” as a society and become a nation of unrepressed sexual animals who are free to give in to our deepest impulses and urges, with no restrictions or moral codes or self-consciouness. We create for ourselves a culture of self-gratification, where the most important thing is making ourselves feel satisfied, free, happy, unencumbered. According to many, this is the direction the human race should go.
In the end, isn’t this philosophy basically an ego-driven wallow in self-centered miasma? What is the value of it? How will society benefit down the road? How will mankind be improved by this evolutionary (or maybe de-evolutionary) process?
Isn’t this just an obsessive, neurotic withdrawl from humanity? Or am I hopelessly repressed?