Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

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    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

    [Content Caution]

Les Miserables: Child Prostitution and World Cup 2014

Posted by Dale Kuehne on December 9, 2013

For the 2010 World Cup, South Africa didn’t have enough prostitutes to meet demand, so thousands were imported. Brazil is facing the same supply and demand disparity, but sadly the increased demand will be satiated by the most vulnerable–children in poverty. Child prostitution in Brazil has gone up 500% in the last decade, and 2014 will only see a exponential increase.

Yet another sign of how men are failing children.

Our own and others.

There is no sense we can stop, or even lessen this.

Why?

As Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn wrote in his 1978 Harvard Commencement address,

A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society. There are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life.

Political and intellectual functionaries exhibit this depression, passivity, and perplexity in their actions and in their statements, and even more so in their self-serving rationales as to how realistic, reasonable, and intellectually and even morally justified it is to base state policies on weakness and cowardice. And the decline in courage, at times attaining what could be termed a lack of manhood, is ironically emphasized by occasional outbursts and inflexibility on the part of those same functionaries when dealing with weak governments and with countries that lack support, or with doomed currents which clearly cannot offer resistance. But they get tongue-tied and paralyzed when they deal with powerful governments and threatening forces, with aggressors and international terrorists.

Must one point out that from ancient times a decline in courage has been considered the first symptom of the end?

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/dec/09/brazil-child-sex-trade-world-cup-2014-prostitution

Danger in the shape of somethin’ wild
Stranger dressed in black, she’s a hungry child
No one knows who she is or what her name is
I don’t know where she came from or what her game is

Hot child in the city
Hot child in the city
Runnin’ wild and lookin’ pretty
Hot child in the city

So young to be loose and on her own
Young boys, they all want to take her home
When she goes downtown, the boys all stop and stare
When she goes downtown, she walks like she just don’t care

Hot child in the city
Hot child in the city
Runnin’ wild and lookin’ pretty
Hot child in the city

Come on down to my place, baby
We’ll talk about love
Come on down to my place, woman
We’ll make love

Hot child in the city
Hot child in the city
Runnin’ wild and lookin’ pretty
Hot child in the city

Hot child in the city
Hot child in the city
Runnin’ wild and lookin’ pretty
Hot child in the city
Hot child in the city

Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder from City Nights (1978)

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