Assessing Moral Values
PHI 310: Critical Thinking
October 03, 2014
Instructor: Dr. Steve Wyre
Assessing Moral Values
Is there anything wrong with pornography?
Yes, I believe that pornography is totally wrong. With Christian parents and with a cultural background that teaches pornography as a sexual sin and a taboo within my cultural. This is a behavioral that leads to attitudes where male viewer are more aggressive and brings about other sexual desires such as masturbating, Pedophilia and lead to crime as child molestation and rape. It is addictive and damaging to relationship, marriage, and loss of trust. Pornography is something that gets into the core of being a man where he cannot maintain control over himself. Supporting my reasons of thoughts are as following: Reason one: It is a sexual sin. In Matthew 5:28, of the Living Bible (TLB), Jesus said “Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” It takes your inner strength, that when the eyes look, the hormones are activated and the mind is sunk in a fantasy world. It makes no different if you know the person or not; lust is not connected to a relationship. Reason two: It is addictive and can lead to crime. I believe that after looking at pornography that if the urge is over wining that it will lead to child molestation, rape, and child pornography. Reason three: It is degrading to women. Women are taken as an object, that the male viewer of pornography is aggressive that they don’t know the pain and suffering of their victims that they take advantage of. Husband’s viewer of pornography tend to abuse their wife for not giving them the sexual desires they see and want from watching/viewing pornography either on internet or magazine. Reason four: It brings on physical, mental, and emotional stress, which may lead to family break up. It leads to financial crises both for the viewer and family. The viewer has a need to support his addiction to buy pay for his pornography activity. My thoughts and evaluation of this question comes from psychological theory, “because of my moral upbringing has been intelligent, empathic, and fair-minded, then our conscience can serve as a fairly sound moral compass to determine right and wrong” (Chaffee, 2010, p. 377). Through the biblical teaching there is another aspect of theory that has effective my thinking, which leads me to my mortal value as Divine Command theory view “holds that there are absolute moral principles that all humans should follow and these principles are determined by the Supreme Being that created them” (Chaffee, 2010, p.378). There is a third theory that supports my thinking, which is the ethic of justice because it states that “the intentions or motivations behind an action, not the consequences” (Chaffee, 2010, p.387). I believe that these pornography viewers are a threat to the society that crime is committed, not thinking of the consequences or penalty. In conclusion, my belief is well supported and fit together properly through my mortal values and theories. Pornography is not only wrong, there are consequences that lead to criminal activities and losing the most value things in life, such as yourself respect, dignity, self-control and your family (White, 2014). It is an addicting problem that is hard to overcome, when it takes control of your mind and inner strength (Olson, n.d). Because we are a society that is so dependent on technology and entertainment we are becoming desensitized and this is reflective in our relationship (Anderson, 2009).
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