What I Don’t Get
Morales and Ethics
“A system of morality which is based upon relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.” – Albert Einstein
I don’t get the so-called morality in this country, our alleged ethics, specifically as it applies to prostitution.
Why is prostitution illegal in the first place? Aside from sexually-transmitted diseases (which you could potentially get from anyone), what harm does it do? Of all the bad things you could do to a person, giving them an orgasm seems pretty low on the list! I mean, selling stuff is generally legal and sex is generally legal, so why is selling sex illegal? Why is it illegal to sell something that it is perfectly legal for you to give away for free? Why is paying someone for sex called prostitution and illegal, but if you get a permit and a video camera, it’s called pornography and that’s legal? Because at the core, the very essence is the same thing: Money is being exchanged for sex.
Now I know that someone will say that prostitution is immoral, it destroys marriages and destroys the family unit, that prostitution is a real and ever-present danger to the concept of marriage. Personally, I think that infidelity is a character issue, or rather a lack of character issue. If someone is going to cheat on their spouse or significant other, they will do so regardless of how many reasons you give them not to. People are going to do bad things when they believe that doing so serves their immediate interests. You can see thins in other things such as drug and alcohol addictions, people (like cops) lying under oath (more about that later), and so on. People will use almost any excuse to avoid taking responsibility for their own actions or inactions. Calling something an addiction and then having addictions declared as a disease takes all the responsibility off of you; you don’t need to have morals, ethics, character, courage, or conscience because you have a disease and that’s beyond your control. When you remove Choice, then you eliminate Morality, and thus nothing is your fault.
But I’m a sporting kind of guy, let us assume for argument’s sake that prostitution is immoral and adultery is also immoral, yet only prostitution will land you in jail with a potential criminal record. Yet, adultery will not, so where’s the equality in that?
On a similar train of thought, in Canada, any adult can donate blood, marrow, tissue and plasma, yet it is illegal to sell them. It is illegal to sell something that you personally own that is perfectly legal to give away for free. Talk about wanting something for nothing! You have to give it away for free but the medicos still get paid because their time is valuable but your organs and blood are not. What kind of shit is that!?
Someone might say, “well, you can’t put a price on human life.” Really? Tell that to your life insurance company because they sure as hell don’t seem to have a problem doing so.
The Moral of the Story
It makes we wonder if there really is anything such as “morality,” or is it just another synthetic construction of society like the so-called “sanctity of life?” Is morality just one more thing created by those who were in power to keep those who were not in line and obedient? I personally believe this is the case.
To my way of thinking, morals and ethics encompass both legal and religious teachings blended together to form this somewhat abstract concept, but what if collectively as a species that we got it wrong somehow?
Let us suppose that among us as a species that there is a global, secular, sub consciousness, a kind of collective common sense where the optimum mode of survival of the species was mutual cooperation and tolerance? So, if this is the case then why do we also collectively ascribe a sense of mystical judgmental oversight to it? Just curious, is all.
Of course now, the current mode of human behavior seems to be one where people are doing what other people don’t do that they are supposed to be doing, like an attendance record at school or work.
I don’t believe that people should be rewarded for doing what they should be doing. Instead, why not shame and revile those who should be doing yet for a host of excuses, are not? Condemn those who don’t do what they should be doing, but at the same time, do not praise those who do. Only one of these behaviors is worthy of comment, both are not.
Oh and prostitution – like heroin, cocaine, and pot – aren’t legal because there’s no way for the government swine to gather at the metaphorical trough to skim off a few billion off the top. When this happens, these things will no longer be illegal or immoral. After all, they said gambling was immoral, and there are casinos and slot machines in almost every major populated area.