Wednesday, October 29, 2014


by John B. Rosenman

Just this morning, one of my friends said that the only moral way to have sex was within marriage.

Another friend said that it is not necessary to be married to indulge.  Or, if your spouse is sick or indisposed, it may be advisable to engage in sex elsewhere until s/he is able again.

They could not agree.  What's more, people will never be able to agree on these and many other issues.  Some people may think such issues are clear-cut, and they are all a simple matter of right or wrong, but are they?  I believe that moral reality or whatever you care to call it is often hard to define.  It often depends on who's doing the looking, and what their belief system is.

I for one believe that same-sex marriage is fine.  Equal rights for everybody. Others, who are more traditional, believe that a marriage must require one man, one woman.  The problem is, everything eventually changes, and when you get both sides together, they repeat the same old arguments without really listening to each other or convincing anybody.  They can't agree on what moral reality is or should be.

More and more, I find that our inability to agree on our values or moral reality is reflected in other things as well.  For example, consider these two vivid works by Edgar Muller.  Is there really a fierce shark rearing out of the brick pavement and a deep chasm that these people are in danger of falling into?  Or are these just brilliantly clever three dimensional street paintings designed to deceive the eye?  Is it possible that paintings like these are partly inspired by our morally and ethically ambiguous and divisive times?  This is a period I believe of unprecedented change in many areas, especially thought.  We are reexamining our sexual, religious, and political values, and discussing and debating them on a non-stop basis.  We don't automatically salute old beliefs so much anymore just because they are old beliefs.  We are coming to realize there may be at least two different ways of looking at them, as there are with these paintings.  

It is both a challenging and liberating time to be alive.

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  1. Aloha John,

    Love it. :-) And yes... agree. I'm just too tired to say anything insightful and intelligent. LOL. But good to read. Thanks and aloha Meg :-)

  2. Thanks for commenting, Meg! Aloha, too.