“Have you no shame?” I have not heard that question asked since I was a child. Now days shame and guilt are viewed as negatives by society – they are painful and powerful emotions to be sure! Sadly we have become hedonistic in our attitudes and personal philosophy. Hedonism is very much alive and well, most people think of it as simply. “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you might die!” It is as usual a bit more complex than that: Its Founder: “Aristuppus (435-355) was also a student of Socrates. Originally from Cyrene on the north coast of Africa, he returned there to found his own school, where he taught the philosophy of hedonism (from the Greek word for pleasure). Hedonism is very simple: Whatever we do, we do to gain pleasure or to avoid pain. Pleasure is the only good, and the achievement of pleasure the only virtue. Morality is only a matter of culture and customs and laws, something we now call ethical relativism. Further, science, art, civilization in general, are good only to the extent that they are useful in producing pleasure. Note, however, that Aristuppus also taught that some pleasures are higher than others, and that we should be slaves to none of them. He was equally cheerful in good times and in poverty, and despised useless displays of wealth. He and his students lived as a part of a commune-like school where all practiced what they preached, including free love, more than 2000 years before Woodstock! Women were the full equals of men, and not only Hypothetically: His daughter Arete succeeded him in leadership of the school and commune. She wrote 40 books herself and was honored by the city of Cyrene with the title ‘Light of Hellas.’” (Boeree).
Avoidance of pain, I remember an old coach who told us, “God gave you pain for a reason- to say ‘Quit doing that!’” Fatigue is good – you worked hard – pain is good in the sense it warns you of damage! The pain of shame and guilt tell us we are damaging our souls by sins of commission (what we are doing) or by sins of omission (what we are failing to do)!
Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga made big headlines at the MTV awards program. “Have they no shame?” “Have we?” – riveted to our TV screens. I am happy to say I did not see it, but enough stills are on Facebook to make up for it! I would hope Billy Ray‘s heart is Achy Breaky over this. I would be if it were my daughter! I know he has no control over her, really – she is all grown up.
I remember hearing too, “Think of our family’s good name!” It is after all our only legacy after we die! As Christian’s, do we think of our family’s good name? Things like this should make us ill. Bring on that Gag reflex that says this is bad for us we should not consume it!