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Loss of Innocence: Porn, Faith and Money

Loss of Innocence: Porn, Faith and Money

There is something inspiring about the innocence of a child. With time many of us become cynical, judgmental, and even a little perverted. Have you ever sat down with a child and thought, if only I could go back to when life was this simple?

When I think about my own loss of innocence, I pin point three moments that changed me forever:

1. The moment women became an object of my sexual desires. Desires I didn’t even know existed before.
2. The moment I realized some people have more than others, and that I was different to them because I didn’t have as much.
3. The moment I lost faith in my parents. And more broadly, in all of humanity.

Sexuality is a natural part of being a human, but the way we present it today is mostly based on satisfying our animalistic desires. From magazines, to commercials, to t.v. shows and everything in between, sexuality is presented as an object to be sold and bought for a price. It eliminates the humanity of people, in particular of women. It’s a transition from innocence to perversion. You go from seeing a girl on the playground as someone you can play with, to seeing her as an object of self-gratification.

Money separates us between rich, poor and middle class. Those who have and those who don’t have. It’s a transition in childhood between seeing people as equals, to all of a sudden recognizing that we are not. We now begin to see people in a new way, and it makes us judgmental. We view those with money as superior, more intelligent and more desirable to have as friends, and those without money as inferior, stupid, and a waste of tax payers money.

In my loss of innocence I also lost my faith in humanity. When you’re young, you look up to your parents. You think they can do no wrong. They are your protectors, caregivers, and superheroes. But there is a moment when you realize that they are flawed. The idealized view comes crumbling down, and the process towards cynicism and distrust begins.

Can we regain a little bit of our innocence back? That is something I leave open to further discussion.

Jorge Robleto
Edmonton, CANADA



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