Reflections...

I’m still waiting for you to send me material for this page.  So I continue to write all the comments and reflections myself.

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Gary the webmaster

I am a Fossil.

This morning (Wednesday 25 October 2017) the North Shore times prints, on page 3, a sad article headed Naked Selfies used to bully kids.  It shows a graphical representation of Readers’ responses to the question “Have you ever taken a naked selfie?

Half the readers aged 20 to 35 replied yes.  The proportion declined as the age-range increased.

Furthermore, the subjects themselves often upload these images to the web.  The Internet safety group Netsafe, earlier this year, warned of the danger of this.  For once you upload anything to the web, it can be grabbed and posted to other sites, and you’ll never know where it goes, or who views it.  It is out in web-space forever.  And it often leads to cyber bullying.

This is a perplexing phenomenon to my generation.  We grew up before the web arose, and before the ability of cellphones to upload any image to it became possible.  Also before the change in standards of acceptable morality, triggered in large part by the increasing depiction of nudity and sensuality on free-to-air TV, became commonly accepted.

So what drives attractive young ladies to upload these images themselves?  One proposed answer is that it’s ancient genetic programming.  Females of all species are programmed to flaunt their desirability before males, and males are also programmed to respond, to ensure the furtherance of the species.  These behaviours are said to be hard-wired into our brains.

I find this very sad.  What has changed, historically?  Probably at the human nature level, not much.

It’s documented in many places in the Biblical record.  See the story of Sampson and Delilah.  The difference is that now, cellphone technology now has made it possible to both upload and view titillating  images easily, and many people seem to do it.

The genie is out of the bottle.  It will never go back in.  We’re stuck with it.

What response should Christianity, and our Presbyterian Church make to this?  Would the Church’s response have any effect?  What do you think?

    Gary the Webmaster.