Monday, May 28, 2012

Porn And Video Game Addictions

Several years ago when I was doing graduate work in the area of philosophy I had completed a significant amount of reading for a research paper that I never wrote on the subject of pornography.  Some of the observations that I had made paralleled some of my recent conclusions about video game addictions, and more specifically simulated combat gaming.  The connection is that both represent a simulacrum of man's most instinctual behaviors which is to love and protect.  However, what happens when what is intended to be a simulacrum becomes confused with the real thing?

A recent book entitled The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling And What We Can Do About It makes the argument:
When these drives are directed toward the illusion of ever-expanding novelty, they kill joy. The search for a mate is good, but blessedness isn't in the parade of novelty before Adam. It is in finding the one who is fitted for him, and living with her in the mission of cultivating the next generation. When necessary, it is right to fight. But God's warfare isn't forever novel. It ends in a supper, and in a perpetual peace.
Moreover, these addictions foster the seemingly opposite vices of passivity and hyper-aggression. The porn addict becomes a lecherous loser, with one-flesh union supplanted by masturbatory isolation. The video game addict becomes a pugilistic coward, with other-protecting courage supplanted by aggression with no chance of losing one's life. In both cases, one seeks the sensation of being a real lover or a real fighter, but venting one's reproductive or adrenal glands over pixilated images, not flesh and blood for which one is responsible.
If these claims are legitimate then the implications are troubling.  The authors go on to say “an addiction to video games and online porn have created a generation of shy, socially awkward, emotionally removed, and risk-adverse young men who are unable (and unwilling) to navigate the complexities and risks inherent to real-life relationships, school, and employment.”  Whether these claims are substantiated will have to be determined by the reader.  However, it is always dangerous when that which is intended to be a simulacrum of life becomes  confused with the real thing resulting in a problematic interpretation and response to actual life.  What we can do about it?  So as not to misrepresent the authors I will have to let them speak for themselves.  However, I will say they are on to something.

In Memory of Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

In memoray of:
Cpt. Tyndall
Sgt. Dew
Spc. Blodgett
Spc. Magill
Pvt. Allison
3rd Battalion 17th Infantry 7th Infantry Division

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Quote of the Day

"We must stress that the basis for our faith is neither experience nor emotion but the truth as God has given it in verbalized, prepositional form in the Scripture and which we first of all apprehend with our minds." -Francis Schaeffer (The New Super-Spirituality, IVP, 1972, p. 24.)