Jesse D

Toronto, Canada

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Jesse D
Posted over 3 years ago
Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0
Good about this lecture: Humanist organizations should indeed focus on common (short of "holy") rituals, holidays, and art. Humanists should also get comfortable with the word "sermon"; after all, the goal remains to unite everyone under particular values like reason, compassion, and community. Needs improvement in this lecture: Atheism, let alone "Atheism 2.0", does not provide a banner under which to do all this. I am thinking about how to spread these ideas, and it kills me that de Botton misses a great opportunity to teach everyone the word "Humanism". All in my opinion.
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Jesse D
Posted over 3 years ago
What do you think each and every one of us can do to counter the impact and influence of porn as default sex education, everywhere?
I would try to offer various possible steps in the right direction which might not be mutually exclusive - More acceptance of love-making in the media. Perhaps we should be aiming to get to the point where a TV show shows some awkward, funny, loving sex between two characters. The knee-jerk response is "No way, what about the 11 year olds?" But that no longer seems to apply - they've likely seen adults having sex already. At least if they are hell-bent on putting themselves in situations they aren't ready for, they might emulate some more realistic adults rather than porn. At the same time we perhaps need... - More acceptance of love-making in our philosophies. Here is not the place for me to lament what sexuality has become to some worldviews. But sex is indeed too fundamental a part of humanity to be suppressed to anywhere near the extent of something like waiting for marriage. I mean, wait if you would like, but that is no longer the norm, and it never should have been the "ideal". It's simply not necessary, and I think we should be glad that way of thinking is on the decline. What actually matters to sex and love-making is emotional maturity and good knowledge about risks. -Fearless sex education. And I would add, throughout their school years. Teenagers can either have sex while the adults keep themselves idealistic, or we can all make sure these kids have better survival and safe sex training (i.e. condom use). That takes ongoing reminders, not one class. When the world demands that kids face adult decisions (e.g. in times of war, how to use the internet, and so on) we must equip our kids more quickly and effectively. What is the alternative? Also, that site "make love not porn" is pretty cool. Except, one you go through all the interesting panels comparing sex and porn, it just says "see, they're different!" What about finishing off with some small request to commit to the idea - "like this on you facebook" Just some thoughts