A few weeks ago, my website went down from what I suspected to be a hacker. Thinking I could still access my list of subscribers, I wrote the following post with the intentions of sending using my personal email address, but I lost access to that too. I couldn’t get the site back running until this past week. I believe the problem is solved and I am excited to get back to my normal posting schedule.
Note that this week’s post touches on a sexually explicit subject not suitable for children.
My blog is currently offline from what I suspect is that a hacker infiltrated my server to do something like mine bitcoin. It is very frustrating and will take some time to get up and running. Unfortunately, I don’t have the capacity to fix it right now. I am hoping to have the site up again before Christmas at the latest. Until then, I will continue to write and share it with you using my personal email account.
This hostile attack on my website is another reminder of one of the themes of this blog – that something fundamentally must change within us for eutopia to be possible. Someone is leveraging my ineptitude at hosting a website for their own gain, and now I’m going to have to use my resources to protect against this.
We may look and distance ourselves from this behavior, but if we are honest, we exploit other people as well, just in ways that we have justified to ourselves. This concept reminds me of a passage I read this weekend about prostitution, pornography, and the sex industry.
The tragic reality is that [women in pornography] are deceived into the sex industry through force, fraud, and coercion. Along the way, they also routinely develop sexually transmitted infections, vomit between takes, and profess to their lives being ruined by lost years in the business. Pornography is not any less damaging than street prostitution; it merely distances the user from the debasement and exploitation these women undergo every day. As researcher Melissa Farley noted, “Pornography is pictures of prostitution.”
When clients or friends open up about pornography they are involved with, what they usually say is something along the line of “I don’t get into any of that hard-core stuff. I am more into [you fill in the blank].” It could be “just pictures, not videos,” “just consensual couples having sex, not multiple men,” “just webcams of women stripping, not giving oral sex,” “just women I know are over eighteen, not younger ones.” The list goes on. We contrive these justifications to distance ourselves from the reality that we are using human being to fill our emptiness (lust) and making them the surrogate objects of our hostility (perversion). Pornography is violence again women, and the sex industry allows us to choose the level of degradation we can tolerate. – Jay Stringer in his book Unwanted
We have created arbitrary lines that decide what is ethical and what isn’t. Prostitution is often considered unethical, especially when understood how many women are forced into prostitution, but pornography isn’t. Exploiting someone by hacking their website is considered unethical but exploiting someone and screwing them over in a business deal isn’t. Let us not be fooled, all of us are guilty of crimes we despise other people for committing – we simply commit them in a more tolerated way.
The message of Jesus cuts right through this and calls us to be born again.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” Matthew 5:21-22
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3