Closing Pandora's Box
Putting a lid on Pornography Addiction
Did you know? In 1906, a cook by the name of Mary Mallon prepared meals for the rich and elite, and although she was an excellent cook, she was also a typhoid carrier. Ultimately called "Typhoid Mary," wherever she worked she left a trail of seriously ill people, some of whom died. Mary cared little about her role in spreading such a devastating disease. In fact, as soon as the people for whom she worked became ill, she'd move on and infect another family, that is until she was exiled to an island and quarantined until she died.
Pornography is today's Typhoid Mary, and just like a contagious disease, it infects the minds of many who come in contact with it. Like Mary, porn's purveyors have no concern about the harm they cause, nor the special vulnerability of the children they now target. But we can fight back by putting filters on all internet-enabled devices, teaching our children what to do when they come in contact with pornography and lovingly helping them if they're already viewing it.
Parents don't have to go it alone. Help is available! In 1906, people were defenseless because they were unaware that the person they invited into their homes carried a potentially deadly disease. However, we know about pornography and the infectious devastation it can cause in the lives of our children. With that knowledge, it's time for us to keep pornography's Typhoid Mary away.
By talking to our children early and talking to them often, we can fight this debilitating, modern-day disease. It's up to us to protect them and we need to start now.
The Modern Plague
Did you know? In the 1300's merchant ships were found on shores with every sailor dead? Rats on those ships carried disease-infected fleas from foreign countries, which ultimately led to the Black Plaque. Did you know that certain warring factions deliberately spread the plague by dropping hosts of infected rats and fleas over city walls? Did you know that the plague killed over 50 million people, just in the 14th century?
Pornography addiction is our modern-day Black Plague. Like billions of infected fleas, the porn industry is deliberately spreading their disease across the world and sickening the minds of our youth.
Porn addiction in our youth is now considered a public health crisis. But parents, you need to know that help is out there. You can be a powerful force in helping your children avoid and turn back from the plague of pornography. With knowledge, love and support, there's hope for both recovery and healing.
Did you know? While the story of the Greek Trojan horse is fictional, it represents a perfect metaphor for today’s plague of pornography. As you may recall, the warring Greeks constructed a large, enticing wooden horse and left it outside the city of Troy. Thinking the wooden giant was a gift, its innocent citizens pulled it into their walls. We know what happened next. The horse held some devious Greeks who, waiting till dark, opened the city gates—only to allow the Greek army to fall upon its unsuspecting populace. Sadly, the seeming gift turned out to be Troy’s downfall.
Internet-enabled devices can be Trojan horses. They look innocent, but they often contain perversely dangerous material. Purveyors of porn are today’s Greeks, and their only goal is to open the gates of addiction. They hide in internet-enabled devices and, similar to the unwitting citizens of Troy, target unsuspecting youth whose innocence and lack of maturity leave them defenseless.
Here’s the good part. Parents can supply their kids with an armament of weapons to fight pornography’s devious trap. Using the power of relationship, love and skill, they can arm their children with what they need to reject exposure to porn, as well as break free if they’ve become trapped in its drug-like addiction. With knowledge, it can be done!
Why I wrote the Book...
Did you know? Following a hearing in 1996, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that, “Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent and obscene material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions.”? Think about it. That was in 1996—over two decades ago!
Consider this: In 2008 Princeton graduate, Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, wrote a Statement to Congress on Pornography: “With the advent of the computer, the delivery system for this addictive stimulus has become nearly resistance-free. It is as though we have devised a form of heroin 100 times more powerful than
before, usable in the privacy of one’s own home and injected directly to the brain through the eyes. It is now available in unlimited supply via self-replicating distribution network, glorified as art and protected by the Constitution. And it’s not just naked people anymore. Today’s pornography is unimaginably perverse,
violent, degrading and even inhumane.” Think about it. That was in 2008—almost one decade ago.
Where are we now? It’s 2017 and the purveyors of pornography have worked overtime to find ways to expose not just adults, but children to pornography. However, over the years, they’ve upped their game to the point where a disturbing number of our children have become seriously addicted to this “indecent and obscene” and “unimaginably perverse, violent, degrading and inhumane” filth.
Now, what do we do? As parents, we’re in the best position to help our children fight the riptide of this incredibly powerful thing we call pornography. It takes love, compassion and education, but when parents and children work together, kids can learn what to do when they’re exposed to or have been drawn into the
vortex of pornography’s darkness.
Pandora’s Box is Open Now What do I Do? is a resource for parents that teaches them how to use a five-step plan to help their children learn, grow, develop skills and become stronger than pornography’s addictive pull. It’s available here.
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