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?
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