CHANGING  MORALITY

 

          Every generation develops its own moral code and ethical standards.  Some examples of exclusions or taboos are these:

 

Bible Times:

 

Eating pork, shell fish, or any bloody meat, touching a dead body, sexual intercourse during menstruation, viewing the naked body of one’s parent, uncovering a woman’s hair, making a statue, cutting the beard, cutting or tattooing the body, mixing of wool and flax in a garment, eating milk and meat in the same meal, usury, marrying a foreigner, working on the sabbath, speaking the holy name of God, disobeying a king.

 

Victorian Times:

 

Sacrifice of reputation by breaking puritanical rules, short skirts, dueling, slave-holding, divorce, loss of virginity, illegitimacy, compromising male supremacy in a patriarchal society, women not being confined to home, bobbed hair, women smoking, women voting, not being chivalrous, loss of personal honor from not telling the truth and not paying debts, homosexuality (sodomy), masturbation, oral sex, atheism, association with lower classes or races (acceptance of segregation and apartheid and using racial slurs), pacifism - not compatible with patriotism (acceptance of the inevitability of war and “might makes right”).

 

Twenty-first Century:

 

Smoking in public places, driving without seat belts, Barbie dolls an affront to plain women, cheesecake photos, clothing from Third World factories, big corporations controlling the economy and lives of workers, defense-funded research, disposable diapers, unrecycled garbage, ethnic jokes, fast food, sugar, food additives, fur coats, unchecked development of wilderness lands, suburban sprawl, impact of logging on endangered species, nuclear power plants, oil drilling, poultry farms, spanking, toy guns, violence on television, gas guzzling cars, air pollution.

 

 

 

 

Ref. The Blank Slate, The Modern Denial Of Human Nature, by Steven Pinker, Viking Press, 2002, pp. 275, 276, 289