Written by Dr. Randy Wysong

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Why not? Why draw lines? Let’s not letrepparttar audience get bored, lose record, ticket or advertising dollars. Lines seem to be vanishing fast. We have pay-per-view, bare-fisted, no-holds-barred bloody fighting. There is full-contact teen dancing that looks exactly likerepparttar 149324 sexual act, gay and straight TV shows fully accessible to children whererepparttar 149325 theme throughout is free for all sex. We’re also treated to bare breast exposure, bumping and grinding, ignited horse flatulence, erection commercials and bestiality jokes duringrepparttar 149326 family formatted Super Bowl. The wave of reality shows seem to have no limit in their reach for stupidity, shock and horror.

It most certainly appears thatrepparttar 149327 race is on to remove all standards and that conscience takes a back seat if dollars are to be made. Inrepparttar 149328 mayhem of shock, titillation and entertainment fanfare, we seem to have lost our moral compass. Violence is applauded, and sex, an act meant for committed adults capable of shoulderingrepparttar 149329 responsibilities of family, is presented as mere thrill-ride recreation for people of all ages.

I’m all for freedom of expression, but as with anything else in life, potential consequences must be measured. Vulgarity, sex and other victimless acts do not in themselves harm. So it is easy to reason that there should be no barriers to their free expression. That’srepparttar 149330 wayrepparttar 149331 naive, idealistic and short sighted thinking of children works. But unbridled freedom demands an ideal world where all people know how – and are willing – to use judgment to not let freedom devolve into savagery. I don’t think humans have risen to that point yet, do you? Even with allrepparttar 149332 rules humans have ever devised to reign in people, crazies remain and we continually teeter onrepparttar 149333 brink of social breakdown. That’s why pushingrepparttar 149334 envelope can be so terrifying to anyone who hasrepparttar 149335 sense to see beyond “freedom of expression,” thrills and immediate gratifications.

The problem is,repparttar 149336 media wantsrepparttar 149337 sensational, no matter how vulgar, to be fair game in a never-ending cycle of profiteering one-upmanship. Each new provocative display raisesrepparttar 149338 ante and challengesrepparttar 149339 competition to pushrepparttar 149340 envelope even further. Corporate greed without conscience is a dangerous thing particularly when it can impactrepparttar 149341 world via airways that know no barriers.

So let’s putrepparttar 149342 brakes on and even back up a little to clean up what is freely available, particularly for children’s eyes and ears. They need education, rules and time to develop conscience without confusing smut, vulgarity and every form of base biological and criminal urge being visually and “boom-boxed” to them as if that is what life is about, how it is celebrated and what they should aspire to.

Modern communication is such a wonderful opportunity to uplift conscience and reason. The old time, so-called corny movies were a clear attempt to do just that by promoting and advocating morality and standards. The good guys always won and everyone was decent exceptrepparttar 149343 bad guys. How far (down) we have come! Entertainers should see their unique powers of influence as something other than a profit opportunity to promote depravity and to pander to those who evidently love to be dumbed-down. But for too many, as George Bernard Shaw observed, “Virtue is insufficient temptation.”

Schools are tightly controlled because they shaperepparttar 149344 emerging buds of future society. Inrepparttar 149345 larger classroom ofrepparttar 149346 world,repparttar 149347 media is emerging asrepparttar 149348 school. As leisure time increases, people feed more and more on entertainment. What a wonderful opportunity throughrepparttar 149349 visual and auditory impact of story to raiserepparttar 149350 public’s sense of right, dignity and ethic.

So there should be laws that prohibit media from airing programs that do not have socially redeeming value. I know this smacks of censorship, and it is. Nevertheless, a lot of freedom of expression could still be permitted. How do we judge what is not socially redeemable? Userepparttar 149351 extrapolation tool described earlier. Askrepparttar 149352 question whether society would be advanced or degraded ifrepparttar 149353 action were universally practiced. Will open and free sex without regard for age, gender or whatever create a better society? Willrepparttar 149354 celebration of crime, filthy language, disrespect for parents and authority, sexism, racism, ageism andrepparttar 149355 like create a better society? The answer is not difficult and if an error is made, why not make it onrepparttar 149356 side of moderation and conservatism so long as people’s basic freedom to be better people is not interfered with?

Ifrepparttar 149357 government does not properly intercede, then thinking people should use their dollars as decency tools. Consumers are as culpable asrepparttar 149358 purveyors and must interject conscience whererepparttar 149359 media and govern

Dr. Wysong is author of seven books on health, nutrition, philosophy and origin of life. He is director of the non-profit Wysong Instute and author of the Wysong e-Health Newsletter (free on-line) now in its 18th year of continuous publication.

Are You Fit To Love?

Written by Allie Ochs

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Jennifer had lunch with her friend Sally at a quaint restaurant. Jennifer could barley wait to sharerepparttar details about her affair with this young stud. Sally listened in awe as Jennifer blamed her so-called inattentive husband, Paul. It was a strange twist of fate that Paul sat behindrepparttar 149204 flower-decorated lattice wall listening to every word his wife said. From here on life took a different turn. Jennifer had deceived her husband Paul and lostrepparttar 149205 respect of Sally. This is a high price to pay for moments of sex.

In our quest for better relationships, we must make our relationship a priority. We must focus on our relationship not elsewhere.

Authenticity: True love only happens when you are real

Have you ever found yourself laughing simply because everyone else did? Agreed with your partner’s opinion even though you didn’t share it or said: “I love you” when you didn’t mean it. Did you ever do something inconsistent with your true self just to please someone or to get what you wanted? Of course we all have. We have lostrepparttar 149206 bravery to be real!

For many there is quite a gap betweenrepparttar 149207 inside andrepparttar 149208 person they present torepparttar 149209 world. How about Toni,repparttar 149210 dad who rents a Porsche to impress his date, while being delinquent in child support. Debby spends every Sunday at Grant’s parents but resents it. To keeprepparttar 149211 peace, she refrains from claiming some of these Sundays on her terms.

To be validated we often compromise who we are. Conditioned by our environment we have become products ofrepparttar 149212 culture we live in. No matter how good we are at playing roles eventually our truth emerges. Being fit to love means being real. When we are authentic our relationships become real and we never have to doubt them.

Regardless ofrepparttar 149213 state of our relationships or how unsuccessfully we have tried to find love we haverepparttar 149214 power to radically change today. Mutual respect, moral responsibility and authenticity are key to exceptional relationships. People in exceptional relationships are fit to love and inrepparttar 149215 process they reap some profound rewards:

·They live much happier lives ·They cope far better with stress ·They have better sex more often ·They laugh more often and have more fun ·They are healthier and live longer ·They are more optimistic ·They feel more secure and stable

No wonder we envy these people. In times like these, laced with tremendous uncertainty their relationships are like rock-solid anchors. Mahatma Gandhi said: “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it isrepparttar 149216 prerogative ofrepparttar 149217 brave”. Let’s be brave!

© 2005 Allie Ochs is a speaker, relationship coach and author of: Are You Fit To Love? Her book has received the honorable mention at the USA 2004 Best Book Awards. She has appeared on TV, Radio and is published in numerous magazines and newsletters. To order her book or take the Fit 2 Love! Test visit her website For Free Relationship/Dating Advice e-mail:

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