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Post No. 76 (Porn)

February 18, 2012

I knew that the title would catch your attention 😉

This is not going to be about porn all the way, I’m sorry to say.

Today’s edition of Xarabank is about porn. There’s the de rigeur expert panel and the unavoidable “porn is good/porn is bad” division. I won’t be discussing the importance of porn in human relations. Been there, done that.

What struck me is that an expert expert – or expert on the side of the set – said that one will find research to support whatever position one chooses (no pun intended) in the debate.

This immediately brought to mind what must be my favourite topic, viz. absolutes. I am always fascinated when two opposing views (not necessarily mutually exclusive, but that too) will always  invoke something greater than mere opinion. That dreaded research. Now I’m not one who thinks that research is a waste of money, but what’s the use of producing something that does not conclusively and unequivocally point to a cause at the very least?

If we’re observing something, something else must have caused it. If it’s something that can “cause itself”, then there must exist a framework that allows such an occurrence. Whichever way you look at it, nothing happens just because. This is not a teleological discussion. I’m just sticking to observable cause and effect stuff (e.g. who put a sock in my lunchbox, or why does he hate me sort of thing)

Similarly, porn is here for a reason. It has a cause. That cause is chucked in a mixing bowl with a human mind, beaten with a titanium-alloy egg whisk, and lo and behold! an effect is born.

If cause and effect are accurately and precisely known, it would be a doddle to work out whether or not porn (in this case) is a good thing or not. You can’t cite religious teaching; that would be cheating – especially if you’re of the persuasion that religion lays down the rules for a “better” life.

Before pronouncing oneself in favour of or against an issue, one has to establish whether or not one has enough information to reach a conclusion. Now that is a very tricky thing to do. On the other hand, appreciation of the fact that one can’t really decide because of inadequate information, doesn’t necessarily mean that there isn’t an absolute position. (Does a tree falling where I can’t hear it make a sound? sort of thing)

This is another reason why I think absolutes are a must. Without them you’d have anarchy on every level and in everything you’d try to do. Standardisation – or should that be harmonisation? – is everything. It is that through which all information should flow and it is also that to which all information should point, IMO.

Toodle-oo.

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