Cheat the prophet.

Everyone must have already seen this positively lunatic fringe idea, being forwarded by ‘experts’ that pornography should be taught in school and that its not all bad.

Pornography is exceptionally exploitative, but even if it were not, it would still be morally wrong, deeply confusing and depressing. Children going through puberty need to be told about the birds and the bees, preferably not in animal metaphors. Sex and sexuality need to be covered as subjects for sure. And its been shown that teaching negatively about sex and sexuality is not good either and actually leads to more underage sex. Kids know that the adult world is obsessed with the pursuit of sex, and we wouldn’t be if it were rubbish. Negative sex education immediately comes across as a pack of lies. So it would be far better to say sex is good and is for two people who love each other. Then you can talk about how marriage safeguards that love. You can talk about the appropriate place of sex. How it is of utmost importance to be thinking primarily of what is best for the other person before your own selfish desires when it comes to something as powerful and beautiful as sex.

But porn? porn is never good, it is fake, whether because it is simulated or merely by merit of the fact that people are literally just doing it for the money. Porn removes sex from the context of marriage, helps form distorted ideas of sex/sexuality and since it is entirely about untrammeled lust it will always be a destructive force in someone’s life. Pornography is also addictive and often spirals into darker and darker forms. This, to anyone of sound mind, is obviously something society should be doing everything in its power to be protecting children from! It is a sad fact that children are becoming sexualised at ever younger ages and indeed some are becoming sexually active long before maturity. I walked past three kids in the street yesterday and had to pray to God that the youngest is their brother, not their son, because in this modern world it is getting to the point where the previously unthinkable is sadly more than possible and indeed relatively common now.

Also another thing I’m becoming concerned about is this; society is being shaped by these ‘experts’ more than ever. ‘Experts’ rarely, if ever, get things right, the economics ‘experts’ at the IMF exist to make astrologers look good. The prognostications of the climate change ‘experts’ have proven to be hilariously out of kilter with the scientific facts of our climate, yet they still go on about global warming as if only they believe fervently enough we’ll somehow neglect to notice that we’ve suffered cold winter after cold winter for the last few years now. The political ‘experts’ are economically destroying southern Europe to save a currency just because its step one of their dream of a federalised Europe. Diet experts are constantly advocating strange eating habits, when eating a variety of foods in moderate amounts is good old fashioned common sense and works just fine. In Margaret Thatchers day, and sadly to this day, most of the university professors were and are still hopelessly red, if she’d followed their advice we’d probably all be in a gulag by now.

It reminds me of a Chesterton quote from The Napoleon of Notting Hill:
The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children’s games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called “Keep to-morrow dark,” and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) “Cheat the Prophet.” The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. They then go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun.

Read more at the link, it is superbly witty and prescient, but I’d say in this day and age, cheat the prophet is no longer a game, but a dire and desperate necessity.

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