Thursday, July 17, 2003

OK so I don't always check for urban legends...

As first posited by posters in the forum, is a hoax (there are no $10K hunts) and it's just an elaborate set up to sell videos.

See the article on

But regardless of the fact that it's a front for an escort service and selling porn, it does raise the question of what can consenting adults do, again legitmately asked by the US Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago in the Texas sodomy case.

To what extent should the government regulate the private lives of its citizens? What is the age of consent? Rightly argued by those in favor of leaving the Texas law alone: 1) it's a state matter - not a Constitutional/federal matter. 2) will this open a flood gate and give legitmacy/legal presidence to those with very extreme "tastes" (i.e. sleeping with dead people or animals).

In respect to pedophilia (I'm sure I've misspelled that but - hey - get over it), the general feeling is Europe is to lower the age of consent. Some feel the US Supreme Court was playing to European sensibilities and not functioning in its appropriate role. I think in some places, even in the US, it's 13 or 14. I've been of the opinion, and this blog has said many times, if you are of legal age, you are free to make your own decisions. BUT you must also bear the consequences of those decisions no matter what they may be. Now, if you run around with a "bambi" and get caught or get a disease, you got what you deserved for your behavior and failing to take precautions. Is it your significant other's fault if s/he gets ill because of your running around? Yes and no. You lied, therefore they didn't have all the information to say "Eww.. I don't want to be with you." But did they ask the question in the first place? If your "bambi" kills you, then s/he should be locked away for murder and reap that set of consequences.

Point is: you shouldn't run around in the first place!

But what about 13 year olds? Can they make the same moral judgements as an 18 year old? Or a 25 year old? From my own experience, my thought pattern, my reasoning capability as a 27 year old (soon to be 28 - don't forget, my birthday is coming up) is VASTLY different than when I was 13. Thank God in Heaven for that! At 13, I was driven by impulse and emotion and generally didn't have a stinkin' clue as to what was going on around me. I was pretty much that way for years. I never stopped to consider "If I do A, what will happen?" The unfortunate thing is that many people no longer stop to consider the consequences of their behavior on themselves or the others they meet.