…doesn’t make it dissolve into the mists and float away.
We’ve had a rather substantial amount of evidence to the effect that organized pedophilia is rampant among the higher-ups in government, entertainment, and the media. Jeffrey Epstein was incarcerated for suspicion of it, and died while awaiting trial. Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of it and is serving a long prison sentence as we speak. Roman Polanski openly admitted to raping a fourteen year old girl. Harvey Weinstein may have been involved in it. Then there’s the “pizzagate” phenomenon, which though it was (unconvincingly) pooh-poohed by the media, remains unexplained.
No decent person can understand any of it. But that doesn’t make it go away.
Now Facebook – remember Facebook? With all the recent chatter about Twitter, it might have slipped out of mind – is running an advocacy ad for normalizing pedophilia:
The man of normal inclinations doesn’t want to believe that such a thing is possible. Yet there it is – and a major social-media site that aggressively and humorlessly censors conservatives, pro-lifers, and a President of the United States seems to have no problem with it.
What the Hell is going on here?
The steady erosion of moral standards pertaining to sex and parasexual behavior is hardly news. It’s been going on for the whole of my life, if not longer. When did it start? Masters and Johnson? Alfred Kinsey? Sigmund Freud? Richard Freiherr von Kraft-Ebing? Leopold von Sacher-Masoch? Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade? Franz Anton Mesmer?
Some of it may have been misguided but well-intentioned. Some of it was surely to rationalize access to forbidden pleasures. But some of it was aimed at our hearts and souls.
Mankind has been under attack from the emergence of the faculty of reason. The “sexual front” has been where the Enemy has made the deepest inroads. That stands to reason; it’s our second strongest drive and the one where restraint is most difficult.
When we cease resisting temptation, we start to rationalize. We rationalized our way around the prohibitions on adultery, sodomy, polyamory, prostitution, and sexual displays in public. It wasn’t even very hard. “Oh, that was before contraception / penicillin / antibacterial lubricants / the motel.” “Everyone else is doing it, so why miss out?” “We’re all consenting adults, so who’s being hurt?” Now we’re on to bestiality, and pedophilia, and preaching “gender fluidity” to kindergarteners. While those are a wee bit harder to fit under the “consenting adults / nobody’s being hurt” envelope, as the ad above indicates, there are people straining to do so…and there are people listening to them.
I sense the approach of Hell.
The essence of evil is simple to define, though it can be hard to comprehend. It consists in denying the humanity or agency of another person. He who treats another as a mere means to his own ends, rather than as a person who possesses rights, a standard of well-being, and independent judgment that deserves respect, is acting from evil.
Sex can be utterly innocent. It can be a celebration of love or mutual admiration between consenting adults fully in possession of their faculties. But sex can also be fraudulent, exploitative, or both. He who uses sex or sexual allure as a way to get something from another, or who pretends love for another merely to gain access to the other’s body, has crossed the line. And that’s not even considering overt, forcible rape.
There can be no exculpation for treating another person as a thing to be maneuvered or exploited. Whether the aim is “high-minded” or utterly tawdry, evil is at work. What, then, is there to say about this thrust toward the legitimization of the sexual exploitation of children?
Something has slipped in the human psyche.
Though I dislike the term for its connotations, I’m fundamentally an intellectual. My driving need is to understand. I can’t understand many recent developments. Recent developments in sex and parasexual behavior are prominent among them.
“A man’s got to know his limitations,” said Harry Callahan. Perhaps this is one of mine. Or perhaps I’m just an old bluenose who thinks that of all the things in existence, the innocence of children and animals most obviously demands protection and respect. But then, obvious really means overlooked, doesn’t it?
UPDATE: Several would-be commenters have blamed the problem on “the Jews.” I will not allow such comments to appear at Liberty’s Torch. If you’re an anti-Semite, you’re unwelcome here. Go find a mudhole where you’ll fit in better.