How much is a product of our transient cultural creation?
Prehistory human sexuality was vastly different from that commonly experienced in America today. Our human ancestors without clothing, magazines, radio, TV and Hollywood romantic thrillers, would have acted more naturally than today. Change started when humans moved from the clothing-free tropics to the frigid northern lands and thus had to cover up for warmth and survival. That covered up time started the period of mystery and cultural taboos, and hence to religious and institutional marriages. Marriage then became a life-binding commitment with severe penalties for transgressions. These ancient cultures remained little changed until the twentieth century industrial revolution.
Development of movies and romance magazines marked a period of great changes. America changed rapidly after WWI and the “Flapper” era and the Hollywood romantic period. The old puritanical ways suddenly collapsed further after 1959 when the Birth Control pill was developed. The Pill was monumental in woman’s sexual liberation. The roaring 60’s of the Hippie period followed and almost all of the ancient taboos about sex have vanished for many Americans. Modern humans have never been so liberated. What can we expect these changes to lead to? What is the future of the family? Will populations decrease? Will pornography increase or decrease? Will our youth soon tire of easy sex and proceed to other challenges? What is the future of “Sex without meaning?”
We now seem to have become over-sexed and not necessarily in a good way. Sex can become an obsession. A preoccupation with sex may lead some to a degraded life without meaning and value. Sex has the power to keep people from useful pursuits. Alcohol, tobacco, and an array of psychic drugs also lead one into emotional tailspins. Too much selfishness and hedonism is destructive. Will life lose its moral pining and tend to decay to a game of the eternal chase and seduction?
Who will get married and raise the children of the next generations? Will children become wards of the state? Will most children be raised and supported by single Moms who struggle financially? Children are our future: Healthier children lead to a stronger Nation. We must not fail our children.
Is sex over emphasized and could we ever revert to a new normal after satiation? Could the ultra modern human revert to a more normal sexual behavior pattern similar to our ancient ancestors? Will we ever become bored with it all; nudity, sexy movies, pornography? Some of us will; Others already have. Celibacy still has many devotes.
Ideally, the young will learn to experience their sexuality, and then advance to a more productive phase of life. The romantic culture will be rejected as a fantasy world. Teachings will be part of modern relationship culture based upon trust, loyalty, understanding, compassion, and empathy.
ideally, the transient fire of adolescent sex will mature into a physical relationship with depth and meaning. This would be the ideal. The finer subtleties are always more fulfilling and nurturing. Maturity brings deeper values to the whole human experience.
The drug cultureis intertwined with sex and promiscuity and often with the criminal element. The Porn industry is out of control and easily available to our children, causing a series of unknown effects to our next generations. Our children need protection, and adults need a strong self-discipline.
Throughout human history children were indoctrinated with religious taboos to keep them from sins. Let us replace that with the teaching of Logic and Reason. The latter will lead one away from an obsessive sex life. Children can be taught the advantages of the latter and away from the emotional traps of bygone times.
FACTS: Humans have animal instincts. Humans have brains capable of logic and reason. Humans are capable of choice. We can all choose more independence. We can free ourselves from primitive urges.
Is our modern life degraded by obsessive sexuality?