Pornography Is A Plague Upon Humanity

Pornography Is A Plague Upon Humanity

Warning: Controversial opinions ahead

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Pornography. At first glance, the practice of such things seems rather grotesque. Pictures or movies or cartoons showing the parts of peoples' bodies that their bathing suit should cover all the while performing an act, the likes of which should only take place in the context of the marital bed. Even then so, much of what is shown in such pictures, videos, and cartoons would be considered sinful, even within that context; However, that is its own article to be written in the near future.

Just as those pornographic forms of media may be perceived as grotesque by those unfamiliar with such things, it is deemed equally grotesque in the eyes of God. Despite this, many people nowadays consider such pornographic medias to be healthy due to it impacts on controlling sexual urges in many people, so long as it is in moderation, and unless it is in moderation many people, especially men-- may experience low testosterone levels (which is a bad thing) as well as sexual impotence (pornography is the leading cause of E.D. in men under 24). This is especially true in men who use pornography as a substitute for human contact, or even a freely available substitute for sexual education.

Pornography as a social issue is mainly in regards to those people (both men and women) who deal with this issue on a regular basis. The effects that pornography has on a person are as follows: An over-stimulation of the brain, leading to chemical reactions commonly found in drug addicts, with a heavier kick than cocaine, might I add; A domino effect that can lead a person toward a myriad of sexual fetishes and by extension, relying on them to gain the same effect that they once received from (for lack of a better word) cleaner forms of pornography. Just as a drug addict will eventually need to take more of the substance due to a building tolerance for it, the pornography addict will eventually rely on filthier, and in some cases darker forms of pornography over time to achieve the same effects, eventually getting bored and moving onto the next available form of pornography (whether it is legal or illegal depends on the addict).

The content found in much of mainstream pornography, is also detrimental to the formation of relationships, whether it is in the case of dating, marriage, friendships, etc. due to the fact that, if a male or female has consumed pornography from a young age, and it served as the sole education they have, or the only familiarity they have on the subject of intimacy, their perceptions of intimacy will reflect on the content of the pornography they consume. In this regard they become more selfish and less generous, they become less willing to socialize and place more priority on the high they receive from viewing pornography, similar to the actions of the standard substance abuser.

As a religious issue, however, the issue of pornography is multiple sins wrapped in a single category, that being one of the seven deadly sins: Lust. With regards to what sins are committed by pornography, they can be separated into two groups: the consumer and the pornographer. We'll start with the consumer.

The sins committed by the consumer are mortal (purposeful) sins and are as follows: Covetousness (desiring person or a thing that is not theirs (or meant to be theirs) and for it to come into their possession), Lust as an offspring of envy, desiring something specific which is someone else's or meant for someone else that will never come into their possession, Adultery (aka cheating) as you are viewing someone other than your spouse or potential spouse or someone else's spouse or potential spouse as a sexual partner. Self-gratification is also a sin in the case that such actions are a withholding from ones spouse or future spouse for the sake of yielding to one's own selfish desires (otherwise known as incontinence). In the case of the pornographers themselves, they are guilty of Scandal (the opposite of modesty that can lead others into sin (or the near occasions of sin)). In addition, they are also guilty of fornication, the solicitation of sin, prostitution (the solicitation of sex for money) and incontinence (lack of self-restraint) as well as adultery.

To those I've categorized as consumers who struggle with such sins to the point of habitual addiction, I say this: It is completely possible to overcome such things as well as reaching the point where such things are feeble, temporary stimulations, in comparison to the spiritual rewards provided in the eternal sanctuary of heaven. However, it is impossible to overcome this addiction cold turkey without assistance. That is assistance from both God and supportive friends. In the words of Saint Pope John-Paul II:

"The only way to overcome a secular evil is with a spiritual good"

In that respect, Pornography is indeed evil and has always been and always will be considered a plague upon both the faithful and all mankind.

And as for those categorized as pornographers, If you somehow find it in your hearts to repent of the sins mentioned above, please, for the love of God, petition those that published that material to both remove it, destroy it and damn it to the depths of hell where it belongs. That, along with a significant amount of prayer begging for God's forgiveness and a significant amount of regret and humility in regards thereto. Then and only then, can you be wholly repentant of those sins. But even then so, the final judgment is solely up to God himself and may he have mercy on your souls.

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As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

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What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

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8 Simple Tips To Be Eco-Friendly That Don't Require You To Change Your Entire Lifestyle

Go the extra mile to go green.

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Unfortunately, we live in a world where climate change hovers over our head. Nobody truly knows what to expect in the future; however, scientists have made many predictions of what's to come. According to the 2018 October report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, based on observations and model projections, scientists concluded that if there's an increase at least of 2.7 degrees in the atmosphere by 2040, severe environmental consequences will occur regarding an increase in sea level and extreme droughts.

Climate change may seem like a daunting problem that's too big for one person to tackle. Nevertheless, it's important to realize that even our small actions can make a difference. When we readjust our life to be more environmentally friendly, we're helping the cause and we may even inspire others to do the same. As more people begin to join the movement, the bigger the impact will be.

In this article, I'll be providing simple tips to be more green. There's a common misconception that people have to perform extreme actions or major life adjustments to be eco-friendly (i.e. going vegan, not driving, etc.) This obviously isn't practical to do overnight. While some people may go to the extreme, it's important to be realistic, as well. Little actions still do justice, and I believe that these simple tasks can contribute to the bigger picture.

1. Have a recycling bin

We see recycling bins in many places, but not in our own home. Instead of throwing everything in a trash can, try to separate your waste. Have a second bin or large bag to throw away bottles and paper. This can easily be done in a home or in a college dorm.

2. Purchase reusable shopping bags

When people go shopping, especially grocery shopping, so many plastic bags are wasted. Using a large reusable bag, which can be bought at your local grocery store, will reduce the usage of plastic bags and it might even save you money. In places like Long Island, stores charge 5¢ per plastic bag used as a way to convert people to reusable bags.

3. Purchase a reusable water bottle

This one is not only an easy tip, but it saves you money, as well. Buying a reusable water bottle stops you from purchasing plastic ones. You can fill them up with whatever, wherever, and continue the rest of your day. Most colleges have filtered water fountains anyways, so this would also be doing your wallet a favor.

4. Switch up your mode of transportation

When you're going somewhere, try to pick an option that won't contribute to more air pollution. If your destination is a short distance, try walking to the place. It's a greener and healthier mode of transportation. For farther travels, try to resort to public transportation or carpool. The fewer cars there are on the road, the better it is for the environment.

5. Try to eat less meat

Like I said earlier, it's impossible to make drastic changes overnight; however, a small change is still a change. Readjusting your diet to consume less meat slows down animal agriculture, which is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. So, instead of going for a meat dish, try opting for the vegetarian one.

6. Don't litter

This should be common sense, but unfortunately, there are people in the world who still throw away garbage on the side of the highway. If you ever find yourself wanting to throw away items in your car, during a road trip, etc., please wait until you find the nearest exit. Keep a bag in your car to collect any waste you may have and when you finally pull up to a pit stop, then you can get rid of your waste.

7. Purchase reusable straws

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8. Turn off lights and running water

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