As You See It Sowing the wind

To the Editor,

TIME’s 2017 Persons of the Year are The Silence Breakers who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment. Ironically in the same week that the media was lauding the career of Hugh Heffner, Harvey Weinstein was being revealed for what he was, a sexual predator. It is no coincidence that the “sexual revolution” has led to an increase in sexual assault and harassment.

Our lower nature, the id or animal instincts, are part of who we are. The societal norms—acceptable behavior, right and wrongs—are taught to us as we grow. The ego is the conscious and unconscious part of us that moderates behavior or holds back the id when our lower animal instincts are inappropriate.

The sexual revolution said the societal norms of sex within marriage were repressive. The sex drive is normal and natural, which is true. It’s the id. Consenting adults should be able to enjoy sex as they wish. It led to the pornography industry and the entertainment industry propagating the new sexual norms for consenting adults.

One after another of the men who were unmasked for sexual harassment said they thought it was consensual. They had rationalized via the norms of the sexual revolution. Their ego saw no conflict or wrong behavior. They projected on the woman their own feelings of sexual desire, that their desire and mores were the same. That is selfish disrespect.

“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7). Society has reaped the whirlwind of the sexual revolution: greater instances of sexual harassment, assault, and divorce. When we give greater sway to our lower nature it doesn’t lead to love but to aggression, forcing ourselves on others acting on selfish impulses that need to be controlled for the good of all.

Maybe the pendulum will swing back to a greater appreciation of sexual norms that don’t lead to harassment, divorce, abortion, and single parent families (which leads to greater instances of poverty). Cultural norms are part of the foundation and fabric of a healthy society. We need to understand what is truly right, respectful and loving, and act accordingly.

Jim Wilson

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