A Haiku - Chastity

Social Standards & Chastity


Peer pressure shouts loud:

"Well, everyone else does it!

Why are you so strange?"

Garbage in, virtue out?

Perhaps no other single aspect of human behavior says more about how "pleasure oriented" we have become, than does sexual promiscuity.

In a historical continuum we have gone from chastity belts, to mutually consenting adults, to school children engaging in sexual activities.

It is not enough to say simply "The devil made me do it."

Even the supreme court of the land joined in, and the laws prohibiting sodomy (named after the biblical sin centers of Sodom and Gomorrah) were thrown out and formerly reprehensible human behaviors became legally condoned.

Children, today's minors, especially girls, are encouraged to be "sexy" in dress and how they present themselves.

The immoral of the 20th century has been disguised as the acceptable of the 21st. As in the scriptural admonition: "good has been made evil, and evil has been made good." Chastity outside of marriage has been made to seem prudish, and true virtue has been ridiculed.

Perhaps this is at the root of society's drift away from morality and into the modern standard of "anything goes."

Given a choice, most males and females would still prefer to marry a virtuous partner.

How many will be left to choose from, may be a factor governing why divorce rates continue to grow, unwed couples continue to split with or without children, and preferring a career over a family is growing in popularity.

There are several definitions of chastity as the quality of being chaste. See if you can remember them: "Innocent of unlawful sexual intercourse, virtuous; unmarried, celibate; pure in thought and act, modest; pure and simple in design and expression, not ornate." [ Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Fifth Edition]

A common storyline today has couples asking each other "Do you believe in sex on the first date?" The storyline "Do you believe in being chaste?" would no longer sell.... even as fiction.


Church wedding? Civil wedding? No wedding?

The former standard of chastity is ceasing to be the modern standard, as individuals increasingly adopt hedonism
The former standard of chastity is ceasing to be the modern standard, as individuals increasingly adopt hedonism | Source

__________

© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

More by this Author

  • A Haiku - Cherry Buds
    2

    By the ending days of winter all of nature yearns for spring.

  • A Haiku: It's November
    4

    November: the month when "The war to end all wars" ended; yet wars go on. November: the month when America's elections end, and governments go on.

  • A Haiku - Leadership
    20

    What defines a true leader? It isn't just charisma and sensing their power. It isn't just making us afraid so we are mobilized. It's being true, honest, fair, up front, and out front. This Haiku examines leadership.


9 comments

Ericdierker profile image

Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I think this is a great hub. Thank you.


sunilkunnoth2012 profile image

sunilkunnoth2012 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

An appreciable work. I loved reading this. Thank you for sharing your feeling. All the best/


Perspycacious profile image

Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks, you two, for your time and your comments.


Eiddwen profile image

Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A wonderful read; voted up and shared .

Eddy.


MsDora profile image

MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Your article echoes my thoughts exactly. Thank you for calling attention to the fact that we need to get back on track morally.


BlossomSB profile image

BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A great hub, and so true. Voted it up.


Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I think this world has gone way beyond the limits of what is right and wrong and it's kind of sad. I miss the good old days when you knew what was what.


aviannovice profile image

aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

The times have sure changed, but not always for the better. You made so many good points.


Perspycacious profile image

Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

The decline of chastity is a barometer of the decline in family values and the value of the family.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working