And now for something completely different...
"...for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."
said HAMLET in Act II, Scene II of the play of the same name. If
that's true then we're all in trouble - and here's why. Without a recog-
nised standard of what's good or bad, right or wrong. society stands on
the brink of chaos. Another old saying, "One man's meat is another
man's poison!" is a different way of saying the same thing.
Someone once told me that somewhere in Africa, there are tribes
where fathers deflower their daughters (or perhaps it was uncles and
nieces, I forget which) at around the age of 11-13. They don't regard it
as being bad or evil, and don't have the same attitude towards it as you
and I do. In fact, not wishing to be crude, they actually think of it as
'sex education'. Does the fact that they don't consider themselves
to be doing anything wrong make it right? I'd say no.
There's a huge outcry in sections of the media at the moment
about female circumcision - also called female genital mutilation.
It sounds awful, although I entertain similar reservations about male
circumcision, to be honest. Some cultures have been performing these
rituals for centuries and don't see anything wrong about them, but does
being a tradition with apparently no moral stigma within the societies
that indulge in such practices automatically make them right or
acceptable? I'd say not necessarily so.
Dramatic as it may sound, society is under threat. All around
are cries for the legalisation of drugs, government approved (and
taxed) brothels, the lowering of the age of consent (to 13 - and that's
just for starters), and all the standards to which society once aspired
are seemingly being rejected wholesale. After all, runs the argument,
things are only bad if you think they are, so if you think something
is good, why should you be denied it simply because 'narrow-
minded' or unenlightened people disapprove?
I can't believe that people actually fall for such warped 'logic'.
For example, legalising drugs wouldn't take them out of the hands
of criminals, it would merely supply them with a 'legitimate' business
through which to launder profits from other illegal activities (and fund
them). Having state-approved brothels wouldn't protect all prostitutes
from disease or attack, because there are always those (within all sec-
tions of society) who object, on 'principle', to declaring their income
and having to pay tax on it, who would operate outside of such
'licensed' premises and go it alone.
Some people, it seems, believe that the most effective way
to win the fight against crime is to abolish the very concept of
criminality - legalise everything, that's their solution. If we cease
to think of things as bad, wrong or evil, then they're not - so there's
no need to prosecute anyone for anything, is there? Ridiculous, isn't
it? Not everything is subjective, and when it comes to the nature of
good and evil, right and wrong, society is far better served when it
takes an objective stance on the subject. When 'anything goes',
usually everything goes - morals, ethics, standards, the lot!
And that's never a good thing, I've found.
Agree? Disagree? Couldn't care less? The comments
section, as always, awaits your response (if any)!