We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“The devil is endlessly ingenious, and sex is his favorite subject,” Tolkien insisted. “He is as good every bit at catching you through generous romantic or tender motives, as through baser or more animal ones.” Thus, Tolkien advised his young son, then 21, that the sexual fantasies of the 20th century were demonic lies, intended to ensnare human beings. Sex was a trap, Tolkien warned, because human beings are capable of almost infinite rationalization in terms of sexual motives. Romantic love is not sufficient as a justification for sex, Tolkien understood.
Taking the point further, Tolkien warned his son that “friendship” between a young man and a young woman, supposedly free from sexual desire, would not remain untroubled by sexual attraction for long. At least one of the partners is almost certain to be inflamed with sexual passion, Tolkien advised. This is especially true among the young, for Tolkien believed that such friendships might be possible later in life, “when sex cools down.”
Not to banter with the man's points, they're good ones to a degree. But reaching for the devil to teach safe, and responsible sex, or no sex as the case may be, seems a bit much. Of course extreme dangers call for extreme measures. And there wasn't much to work with back in the day. Now, we've gone to the other extreme, of course.
Not a damn nit of any of it having a change on human nature.
I liked Tolkien's line: "Each of us could healthfully beget, in our 30 odd years of full manhood, a few hundred children, and enjoy the process."
That said, I wonder what he'd think of today's climate, with same-sex "marriage", sex courses at colleges, and even at the Elton John concert I attended tonight (great show by the way) a background video that included two men atop a wedding cake, and the audience apparently as unfazed by the sight as the appearance of robins in spring.
I respectfully disagree with the comments about the devil. That's exactly the way he operates. Tolkien's friend, CS Lewis covered the topic well in the "Screwtape Letters." The devil likes to ease us into sin, and he's doing a phenomenal job of it these days, except it seems he doesn't need so much need to "ease" but get out of our way as we rush into sin. (The latest, an airline pilot apparently upset about politics and now the plane with 239 aboard is missing.)
Thanks for the link. I didn't know this about Tolkien. I like him more every time I hear more about him or enjoy more of his work.
My lovely bride and I have been married for over 20 years and I have found this to be true: "Even as he celebrated the integrity of Christian marriage, Tolkien advised Michael that true faithfulness in marriage would require a continual exercise of the will. Even in marriage, there remains a demand for denial, he insisted." I love my wife but I need to look away from temptation.
and This: "With deep moral insight, Tolkien understood that those who give themselves most unreservedly to sexual pleasure will derive the least pleasure and fulfillment in the end."