…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.
My preferred formulation: O, Sweet Meteor of Death, wherefore hast Thou forsaken us?
Until a few months ago, I was personally conservative but live-and-let-live as regards sexual practices, dying one’s hair blue, and whatever. So long as they were consenting adults, who else’s business is it? Who’s hurt if you get ten facial piercings?
My position is changing, due largely to Ed Dutton’s books, in particular Witches, Feminism, and the Fall of the West. Prof Dutton posits that shunning and even murdering unpleasant, nonconformist women — in a word, witches — was adaptive behavior on the group level. The same can be said for outlawing homosexuality, shunning people who don’t wear a hat when outdoors, and requiring a neatly-mown front lawn. (All my examples, not his.) It’s hard on the individual who doesn’t buy into the group beliefs but it helps to establish group identity for the others and that helps to persevere against a harsh world and other groups.
I’m not sure where I fall on the spectrum between individual rights to self expression and group rights to continued existence. Twenty-five years ago I’d have rejected “group rights” entirely. In the wake of identity politics, continued attacks on Western culture from without and within, and increasing evidence that most of the attacks have been sponsored by communists and other repulsive scum, I’m thinking that there might just be something to suppressing the nonconformists. In a harsh world, individuals have a better chance of survival if they are part of a cohesive group.
Bah. Sent that before I was finished writing.
… All of which has very little to do with the matter at hand. Kiddy diddling has little to do with social cohesion and nothing at all to do with “It doesn’t hurt anyone, so why do you care?”
I am pretty sure that the story about the ad on facebook is a hoax. The decline of our society’s moral standards is not.
While the add may be a hoax, the premise is not. I spent over thirty years as a Peace Officer in SoCal. A large part of that time (too much, actually) was spent investigating crimes against children. Incest and pedophilia are far more widespread than anyone will acknowledge. This is especially the case within certain racial and ethnic groups which I shall not name. NAMBLA and the Rene Guyon Society have been active for many years. The REPORTED uptick in cases involving schoolteachers (see Breitbart) is a matter of record. Any child, especially those from dysfunctional families is fair game for these monsters. If this abomination happens to your child, nephew, niece, or grandchild then you have to act decisively if the “Law Enforcement Community” cannot or will not do their jobs. Bleib ubrig.
When people demand a post Christian society, evil climbs back to the top. Paganism returns with all of its child sacrifice in the public square.
The only alternative is Jesus. He wasn’t joking when he said his yoke is easy and his burden is light, the rest of this is unbearable.
The United States Of Humpty Dumpty.
America has gone full blown Satanic.
That ad is most likely a hoax. Snopes says it is although they often lie and mis- inform. Just sayin. As much as I want to believe it, my jury us still out
Satan has existed since the beginning. We only started acknowledging this in the last few years. Our savior is the only way. It will be the hardest way, do we shoot evil?
A good article but the graphic is a fake. Its a meme blast from 4Chan back in 2018.
God is going to straighten this out. We could do it sooner
My former wife was abused by her father when she was 12. When we first wed, there was a tear-filled afternoon as she told me. Sadly,.when she was 13, she went to her mother and told her, who then punished her for saying such horrible things about her father. So, of course, nothing happened to her father. She married immediately after high school to escape, of course ending up with another abuser. I guess I “rescued” her from that. The trust issues she had (has) are deep, likely leading to our divorce after 30! years… she and both of her older sisters are textbook victims of abuse, none of them believe it. As for the father, it wasn’t believed until molested his granddaughter. That certainly made folks believe. He was finally incarcerated.
Alas, I am not persuaded by the “Facebook Ad.” I suspect it is made up in order to get noticed.
First of all, I note it is a bit too much on the nose for the angst of conservatives today.
Second and more telling is this bit of copy:”It is in our responsibility” <=syntax is out of whack. Responsibility is not a container and no real copywriter would pump that copy out to be overlaid on an editorial image.
Then the is the rest of the statement: “To reflect and to overcome our negative feelings…”
So, are we to reflect “our negative feelings” like a mirror or should we “overcome our negative feelings.” Don’t know if we can reflect negative feelings and overcome them at the same time.
So I think I need to call BS on this one. Just a bit too clumsy to persuade beyond an initial kneejerk.