The Pursuit of Pleasure without Responsibility

The sexual revolution, which began in the 1960s and continues unabated today, is first and foremost a revolt against maturity. A central aspect of maturity is the willingness to take responsibility for the consequences of one’s behavior. But the ultimate goal of the sexual revolution is to enjoy all the pleasures of sex with none of its responsibilities:  sex anytime, anywhere, with anyone, by any means, without commitment, without emotional attachment, without risk to life, health, or pocketbook, but especially without the risk of having children.

Why especially without the risk of having children? Because raising a child is the ultimate responsibility. And the troublesome thing about taking responsibility is that doing so necessarily requires a self-limitation of personal freedom. A single man has greater personal freedom than a man with a wife and child. He may use his time and energy and money in any way that pleases him. Not so if he has a wife to care for and a child to raise. His time and money are no longer his own.

To achieve the sexual utopia the revolutionaries are after—all the pleasures of sex with none of its responsibilities—it has been necessary to fundamentally transform the law and all the most basic institutions of society:  the family, the church, the school, the workplace, and the state. This transformation has been going on now for quite some time and is very nearly complete. It is no longer necessary to think of the family as consisting of a husband and wife with their children. A family can be any group of people who love each other. The church has largely capitulated to the demands of the revolution by refusing to uphold Biblical sexual ethics in its teaching and discipline. Public schools instruct younger and younger children how to perform a variety of sex acts and make birth control available to their students. Businesses must toe the line and be supportive of the new sexual ethic or face discrimination lawsuits. And increasingly the state enables the revolution by casting itself into the role of the indulgent parent, by not only providing food, shelter, education, and healthcare for its dependent children who don’t wish to grow up, but also by protecting them from the consequences of their sexual misbehavior. Hence the commitment to keep abortion legal. No means in pursuit of the revolutionary end is to be neglected, not even child sacrifice.

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