Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Recognizing Evil In “Progressive Good” (How Do We Respond To Progressive Content?)

            You know that morality plunged to another low in India when a Hindi television show1 depicted an 18-year-old girl marrying a 9-year-old boy and enjoying their honeymoon. You also know, undoubtedly, that this is an intrinsic evil that’s corrupted the moral fabric of the Indian subcontinent when the actress of this show sees nothing wrong with child marriage, “A girl aged 18 married to a nine-year-old boy having her ‘suhag raat’ and even enjoying a honeymoon may sound cringe-worthy and regressive to many, but actress Tejaswi Prakash does not see anything wrong with the storyline of her Hindi television show “Pehredaar Piya Ki”. She says it’s “progressive” content.”2

            She justified child marriage by disguising it as progressive3 content!

            Does progressive content possess an intrinsic privilege to violate the law of the land? This so-called progressive content blatantly violates, in my opinion, the ‘Sarda Act’ or ‘The Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929.’

            The Child Marriage Restraint Act forbids the marriage of a child, wherein “child” is defined as “…a person who, if a male, has not completed twenty one year of age, and if a female, has not completed eighteen years of age…”4

            Actress Tejaswi Prakash justified child marriage in the show by stating that similar content has appeared in the wildly popular American fantasy drama, “Game of Thrones,” “Tejaswi also drew a comparison between the show to the most popular American fantasy drama “Game of Thrones”, created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “It also happened in ‘Game Of Thrones’.. People love ‘Game Of Thrones’ and if same thing happens in ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’, then it’s an issue,” she added.”5

            It’s not just that the moral fabric of India is corrupt. The moral fabric of our world is corrupt and depraved.

            A classic example is the American TV drama, Game of Thrones, which has won a surplus of awards, “The series has received 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2015 and 2016, more than any other primetime scripted television series. Its other awards and nominations include three Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation (2012–2014), a 2011 Peabody Award, and five nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama (2012 and 2015–2018).”6

            The glut of awards for Game of Thrones is an affirmation to the widespread acceptance of the content, some of which are utterly despicable. Here’s a sample:7

Craster and his daughters/wives
Craster is a wildling, and former ally of the Night's Watch known for marrying and sleeping with all of his daughters. Craster also would sacrifice any male children his daughters bore.
Incest, sacrifice, and nonconsensual relationships aren't uncommon occurrences on "Game of Thrones," but the combination of all three makes Craster and his unfortunate daughters/wives the worst relationship on "Game of Thrones."
Walder Frey and his child brides
It's hard to consider Walder Frey's relationships with his endless stream of disposable child brides relationships at all.
The nonconsensual nature of Walder Frey's relationships with his young brides makes these so-called relationships some of the all time worst on "Game of Thrones."
            The world expects us to condone morally despicable content in these TV shows because they are supposedly progressive in their essence. We are expected to accept and endorse incest, child marriage and by extension, homosexuality and what not - just because they are progressive content.  

            Most of the world’s population is gullible, ignorant and, at times, deliberately uninformed in the most crucial existential subject of morality and ethics. Such ignorance is not within the confines of any religious or secular worldviews. Hence, it’s quite plausible that these TV shows will infiltrate and corrupt gullible people to consider incest, child marriage, homosexuality etc. as legitimate.

            So does the term progressive smuggle a deceptive sense of legitimacy inasmuch as the expectation is for the public to consider any progressive act/content as legitimate? No, it need not!

            Every content/act smuggled into our domain disguised as progressive should be validated and endorsed by the Bible. Our subjective predilection or preference cannot pronounce legitimacy upon any content/act.



1Discontinued on 28th August 2017 amidst severe public backlash.


3"Progressivism is the support for or advocacy of improvement of society by reform.[1] As a philosophy, it is based on the idea of progress, which asserts that advancements in science, technology, economic development and social organization are vital to the improvement of the human condition." (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressivism)





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