This Sunday is International Women’s Day. So what does a cancelled visa, abuse and a movie have in common? A perspective on worshiping entertainment, ethics, addiction and neuroscience.
Julien Blanc is a self-described pick-up artist. He was in Australia promoting methods such as choking women, keeping them isolated, frightened and cutting off their access to money.
Victoria’s Chief Police Commissioner, called him “disturbing and offensive” and said, “Labelling women as objects and actively promoting the abuse of women degrades the dignity of our whole community.” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said, “…he was putting a view that was derogatory to women and that’s just something that our values abhor in this country.” Little wonder his visa was cancelled back in November 2014.
Fast forward to now and we have a movie which promotes worse than this in the cinemas. Australians burn up one month a year in front of the TV. If this isn’t proof enough of our worship of entertainment, then this observation should be: Promote the abuse of women in a talk and you’ll get your visa cancelled. Write a book about worse, make it into the movie and not only will it be allowed, it will be welcomed with fanfare and the public’s hard earned money.
Little wonder God says…
“The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?”
…but perhaps more to the point, He urges…
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there isanything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Some say such concerns are another example of “outdated religious views”. In reality, it is another example of God’s ways being higher than ours and our research is only now catching up. To gain a full perspective on the importance of curating your mind, please read this article related to 50 Shades of Grey from an ethical, addiction and neuropsychiatry perspective. For those who want to engage on this thoughtfully, it’s a must.