Warning!

Liam’s article on the nature of Pornography in modern society and its links to Daoism may be shocking to some of those with delicate sensibilities. Please only read on if you are prepared for Liam’s unique sense of humour and take on the world… 🙂

Before the Internet became available to the masses, pornography was limited to page 3 [The Sun is a British tabloid known for its topless women pictures on page 3], FHM [a British men’s lifestyle magazine], hand-me-down magazines or bootleg videos from the 1980s. It was a lot more difficult to get hold of and, as a result, exposure was pretty minimal. Nowadays, with the availability of super fast broadband and smartphones, anyone can instantly tap into the stream of extreme and unthinkable pornography imaginable, floating through the airways on WiFi like majestic icebergs of filth.

Now, anyone old enough to be curious about sex and know how to operate a smartphone, tablet or PC can get instant access to anything they can imagine. What is the result? We currently have a generation who have been exposed to a limitless library of pornography for their entires lives. What will happen in years’ time when this generation and its successors become adults?

With the increase in availability, people will become more and more desensitised, meaning their tastes in pornography will evolve and adapt, and the market will need to produce increasingly harder pornography.

Being surrounded by extreme and bizarre pornography can seriously warp a developing mind. It can affect a person’s perspective of the opposite sex and set unrealistic expectations for relationships. As extreme pornography becomes normal to them, will they expect their partners to enjoy anal gang bangs on a first date? Furthermore, will a person exposed to this ever be able to experience love? Will they be capable of establishing a loving relationship between two people?

This brings me on to my next point. Is this by demand or design? If legislation and ISPs are able to control access to file sharing websites to prevent piracy, then surely they are able to introduce some kind of controls to stop or limit extreme pornography. Obviously, in the case of young people, it is up to the parents to control what they can and cannot see on the Internet. However, as is easily observed, sex is overused in the press, advertising, TV and music industries – to the extent that pornography, albeit softcore pornography, permeates our entire society.

I can understand how the porn industry has become more and more extreme. As production companies compete with one another, the only way they can make their name is to do something different, more extreme and outrageous. I don’t want it to sound like I am calling for more censorship and control.

Is this by design? Let’s think about what this is doing. As suggested, young people growing up exposed to extreme pornography will develop a warped sense of love and sexuality; this may inhibit them from forming loving relationships with other people. Producing a generation of disconnected people who will never know a loving relationship. It also focuses people’s attention on their base desires: food, sex, tribalism (football) and technology.

In the esoteric arts, intent is key and where your attention goes energy flows. So, in theory, if you encourage through action or inaction the pervasion of pornography within society you are encouraging society to focus on the physical and keeping people’s energy locked into physical desires and impulses. In Daoist terms, this would mean focusing their attention on their Jing layer.

What is love? According to Daoist theory, love is a vibrational frequency that makes up the myriad of vibrational frequencies that intersect to create our reality – like the colour red is a frequency that, along with others make up visible light. Love, however is the vibrational frequency that connects all living things.

As suggested above, the pervasion of pornography in our society is creating a generation of people who may eventually become unable to experience love, having their focus centred in base desires. If love is what connects us, then, attacking love will certainly divide us.

Keeping people focused on physical, animalistic impulses makes them easier to herd and control. They will never experience and develop Jing to Qi to Shen and thus will never elevate their consciousness. In a way, they will never become self-aware but operate solely on impulse.

The current emphasis on technology such as mobile phones, smart watches, WiFi and the cult-like following of Apple plays into the above suggestion. Focusing on the technological – an energetic layer below the physical – furthers the disconnection of society, subverting our relationships to one another so we are easier to control and become more dependent on the state. Focusing on sex keeps us trapped in the physical/Jing layers of reality. However, focusing on technology directs our attention to the purely physical, a frequency lower than the Jing layer.

Where attention goes, energy flows. If our focus is being directed toward the technological, our connection to the spiritual becomes diminished. Love is no longer the force that connects us…. Facebook is!

Another example of societies’ focus being directed can be seen in the Olympic flame. Before the London Olympics in 2012, the flame was carried through many towns and cities throughout the UK. The media hype before and after the event ensured crowds of excited and euphoric people would be lining the streets to witness and focus on the torch as it passed through their streets. Where attention goes, energy flows. With this in mind, we can suggest that the Olympic flame is part of a ceremony to whip up a frenetic population, whose energy is focused on the Olympic torch to be used as part of an elite esoteric ceremony.

Subversive ‘divide-and-conquer’ tactics can be seen in all sections of society and what we call ‘culture’. We are being encouraged to focus on our base instincts to keep our minds in an easy-to-control state. The vibrational frequency of love is able to overcome and dissipate all negativity. Love isn’t just a feeling that happens between two people: it is a vibrational state that manifests all life. Love cannot be destroyed but, if the population is steered away from it, they will never discover it and I would go as far as to suggest that pornography is used to blinker people from ever discovering this vibrational state.