A recent discussion on Quora centered around Jack Nicholson and his wild parties on Mulholland Drive when he was a younger man.
Apparently at these parties there was sex and drugs to be found in every room of the house.
I remarked that Jack Nicholson and others in Hollywood were the straw that broke the camel’s back for many young people who were living on the edge.
I argued that he was a poor role model that helped transform America into the sex and drug crazed culture that it is.
How many of these people would have led productive lives instead of becoming drug addicts, I wondered.
Furthermore, I added, since it was at Jack Nicholson‘s house that Roman Polanski engaged in illegal activity with a minor, perhaps Jack Nicholson should’ve been charged as an accessory before the fact for creating an “anything goes” environment that might have contributed to such an act.
Another individual on Quora remarked that he was glad that Jack Nicholson was able to lead the life that he could, that it wasn’t Jack Nicholson‘s responsibility to be a role model for anyone.
It doesn’t matter whether Jack Nicholson wanted to be a role model or not; when you aspire to be a movie star, and then do become a movie star, you accept that responsibility as a role model whether you like it or not.
That’s part of the job.
You enjoy even greater responsibility in a day and age where our media has become more centralized and under the control of relatively few individuals.
And that is precisely what happened as our nation evolved in the past century.
The elites consolidated their death grip upon the media, and they set out with a vengeance to destroy the moral base of the people of the United States of America.
Morality, you see, which owes obedience to a higher power such as God, is an obstacle to the imposition of ethics, a quasi-legal code, whose rules the elites will decide.
Thus the drive to eliminate the moral base of the nation.
This was accomplished though celebrity influencers.
The sexual revolution that occurred in the 1960s and subsequent decades in America was not an accident.
It was not homegrown.
It did not begin with the people and grow upwards.
It was the powers that be who control the Hollywood celebrities who engineered the sexual revolution.
The 1950s were very tame in America. That was to change in the 1960s.
This is when shows first began to express sexual innuendo. There was hardly an episode of Johnny Carson‘s Tonight Show that did not contain such titillating fare.
Johnny Carson was instrumental in mainstreaming people like Hugh Hefner. Recently in the past year, Hugh Hefner was reported by one of his lovers to have had sex with dogs – real dogs.
Prior to the 1960s, sex was a verboten subject on television and in movies. You couldn’t even hint that a husband and wife shared one bed. The couple had to sleep in separate beds.
The 1960s ushered in an “anything goes” type of programming.
It’s not surprising that magazines like Playboy thrived. Playboy was the first. This was soon followed by magazines such as Penthouse and Hustler which were more over the top when it came to nudity and sexuality.
While this might seem to be an enlightened, healthy approach to sex, one could fairly argue that the sexual revolution ushered in a state of permissiveness that hurt many people living on the edge – financially and spiritually speaking.
Some people went too far.
One cartoon that was featured regularly in Hustler magazine was entitled Chester the Molester.
Many people at the time thought it was funny.
I don’t see it that way.
I see it as encouraging bad behavior amongst people living on the fringes. The cartoon gave them license to engage in immoral activity.
Magazines like Hustler helped give rise to the legitimizing of the pornography industry.
Prior to the 1960s, adult bookstores were kept quiet and not spoken about. They were there, but they weren’t there.
As the decades progressed into the next century, pornography became mainstreamed.
Unfortunately, there are many people in the United States who do not come from good families. Many of these families are financially hurting.
Financial stress upon the family produces divorce and separation. This in turn produces a lot of angry children who are looking to channel their anger. These young people are extremely susceptible to bad influences.
Young adolescents are undergoing tremendous psychosexual growth when they experience this familial stress.
If you throw pornography into the mix, that child will be affected by that pornography. That child’s mind will be altered.
You as an adult may form an opinion about pornography; in contrast, pornography forms an opinion within your child.
I will argue that much of the social ills that we have today with pedophilia have their roots in the sexual revolution being imposed upon young troubled adolescents as they were undergoing rapid psychosexual development.
Pornography twists the mind.
Not only does pornography twist the mind, illegal drugs have their effects as well.
I have personally seen how illegal drugs destroyed my step-brother Stevie, who was hurting immensely after his parent’s divorce.
I myself had my sexual development affected by the pornography that I was exposed to as a youth. The father of a friend of mine was a big collector of pornography. My friend and I would sneak in and view his sex magazines. As I grew a little older in my adolescence, another boy brought over what were called smokers – low grade pornographic films. Many of the boys gathered around to watch these.
The people in these smokers were not like the beautiful people you see in pornographic films today; the guys were usually super-hairy and not very attractive.
I remember being somewhat frightened by these movies and images; and looking back on my life now and my ability to not get close to people – I’m an asexual – I feel my sexual development was affected by this pornography.
Like my step-brother, Stevie, I was suffering also. My father died when I was thirteen making my mind ripe for being adversely affected by poor forces of influence.
I didn’t suffer from drugs; my experience was different. As I say, I was an asexual.
The experience is different for many people.
If you examine the lives of many mass murderers, you will often find, if you dig deep into their history, a broken home. I wouldn’t be surprised if many pedophiles came from a broken home. I have read that Jeffrey Dahmer’s parents went through an acrimonious divorce when he was young. Kevin Spacey’s brother states that Kevin was brutally molested by his father when he was young.
A culture of sex and drugs harms those people who come from broken homes.
This is the culture that people like Jack Nicholson, Hugh Hefner, Larry Flint, and Bob Guccioni were aiding and abetting.
The sexual revolution didn’t do any favors for young people who were exposed to it.
Free and open sex may seem like an enlightened idea for mature adults; it is not an enlightened idea for young children and troubled adolescents who are developing.
That is why I posed the question: How many young children living on the edge have had their lives destroyed by sex and drugs when they otherwise would have invested their time and energy into studying, working, and being a productive citizen?
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