Through Opposition, One Can Become Strong

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“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” -M. Scott Peck

We cannot grow unless we are faced with opposition!  To test ones moral fiber one must be placed in an environment where opposition exists.  This article is a call to good people everywhere to take an inventory of themselves.  What are your feelings about pornography and how it is affecting our world?  How is it affecting you personally?  Are you willing to take a stand against it in your personal life? 

We are now living in the day and age of hedonism.  Never before in the history of the world – NEVER BEFORE have we lived in a day when so much that is harmful is freely available at our fingertips.  After counseling with hundreds of individuals and their spouses I am convinced that we are facing the greatest moral crisis in history.  I say this because of the rising generation and what their minds are being exposed to at an early age.  Research is now stating that by the time a youth graduates from high school 100% has seen pornography. 

For years I have worked in the addiction recovery field with those who struggle with heroin addition.  Heroin is a very powerful drug and continues to take life after life because of its addictive qualities.  Recovery and change is possible but it is not easy and it is a life long process.  Now think of this for a moment.  Heroin is against the law.  For the addict it is still easy to get but yet it isn’t.  I have listened to many stories of what clients have had to go through in order to get their drug.  We know of the harmful affects of this drug and would do anything to protect and warn our children about its damaging effects.  We’ve all seen sad pictures of “junkies” shooting up in some abandoned warehouse and cringe at the thought of one of our loved ones in such a situation. 

Luckily there have been many positive inroads in treatment approaches to help those addicted.  Notwithstanding the devastating impact heroin has had on our society it is nothing compared to the damaging affects pornography addiction is having.  The problem with pornography is its easy access.  It is much easier to access than heroin.  All one has to do is type a few words in a search engine and there it is.  What will it take for our political leaders to wake up to what is happening.  We have put restrictions on heroin which is making some impact in a positive way.  Of course it doesn’t knock out the addiction but at least there are those who will refrain from it because they don’t want to mess with the law.  Now compare this to pornography.  It is legal baring child porn which is a very gray area considering there are still no restraints on the internet.  I have seen over and over again the frustrating attempts of those to get better from this addiction but it is literally like telling a heroin addict to stop using heroin while at every street corner there is a little booth that says, “Free Heroin.”  That is what a pornography

addict is facing.  To complicate matters the drug is imbedded into their working environment.  In order to function financially in our fast paced world one most likely has to be well acquainted with social media which is the mode of pornography transmission and hence the development of the perfect drug or as a client of mine phrased as, “The Perfect Poison.” 

We live in a wonderful world and we can make it a better place but in order to do so good people must speak up.  We must not be afraid to make a difference for as Edmund Burke has stated,  “The only way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”  Our complacency around this issue is startling. 

While watching the 2012 Summer Olympic I saw a race in which a runner tripped and fell down.  Instead of quickly getting up and chasing the pack she laid there on the track and cried.  I was almost beside myself and was inside yelling, “get up, get up and keep running.”  If she would’ve quickly gotten up she could’ve joined the pack and perhaps with even more energy to catch up and win the race.  I know that is easy for me to say sitting in my comfortable chair watching but I can say this with certainty, even if I had not been able to win the race because I slipped or was tripped I most certainly would’ve gotten up and finished the race rather than walking off the track crying. 

We have all got to keep getting up and continue to try to make our world a better place.  There is hope for those who struggle with addictions and there is help available but the real work is curbing the tide to help the rising generation.  We are certainly living in troubled times but all that means is we have a greater opportunity to do something great. 

Stand up and make a difference!

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