Spam and the End of the World

How We All Became “Garbage” People - The Ringer

If you think our civilization’s not turning into a colossal dumpster fire… have you cleaned out your spam cache lately?

We cleaned ours out yesterday, hundreds of emails that we blocked, pages and pages worth.

The great majority of them addressed what must be a very widely held belief that American men have these teeny-tiny penises, barely detectable even under strong light–but not to worry, our product will turn you into a sexual superman! Our favorite touted a “Nazi doctor” who could increase the size of your willie by 68%. And really, a lot of these are much too filthy to describe or even hint at.

Others offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to cash in on huge piles of money stored away somewhere in Africa, all you have to do is send Mr. Mbombo your credit card number. You’ll be rich before you dot another i, Bob Cratchit!

It’s hard to shake the impression that there’s something very wrong here. Do I even want to know how many poor souls eagerly respond to these ads? How many members of Congress? (It occurs to me that that last may have been a poor choice of words. But let it stand.)

Something happened to America, culturally. Something bad. What was it? Any ideas?


6 comments on “Spam and the End of the World

  1. There are virtually unlimited opportunities for humor at this point, so all readers of this post should just tell themselves their favorite joke at this point so we can proceed to a serious treatment of this subject.

    I am tired, to the point of aversion, of the most intimate aspects of life being treated as Olympic events. I can’t imagine my grandparents being obsessed with sex to this degree, and both pairs of grandparents produced large families. Obviously, something was working properly for their respective love lives. I had a lot of cousins.

    I am single and I do not date. Probably the biggest reason for this is that even among people professing to be Christians, sex outside of marriage is expected. I have no interest in being married, so I have no interest in dating. (If I were ever to want to get married, I would streamline the process by finding a woman I hated and buying her a house.) 🙂

    Our civilization is badly broken. It is very badly broken, IMHO. While the lineage of my family was robust at the levels of my grandparents’ and parents’ respective generations, the line came to a crashing halt thereafter. I had no children and once you get to the level of my great-nieces and great-nephews, the lineage of my parents stops in its tracks. Most other branches of the family (cousins) have fared little better. When a population of animals is distressed, they tend not to reproduce. I suspect that the same is true for humans.

    Beyond that, I truly despise the fact the “sexual performance” is now openly discussed. My sentiment on this matter is that what happens between a married couple is private and should remain so. This is not a matter of shame; it is a matter of privacy and of respect for one’s mate. I don’t want to know about the sex life of any other person. It’s not my business and it is uninteresting to me.

    When I was growing up, with the exception of a few ribald jokes that men might share among themselves, sex was not discussed all that much. I’m sure that there were some serious discussions, but these were private matters and not the sort of thing that was publicized. I grew up in a world where sex was sacred, and so treated. There were some people that didn’t see it that way, but that was not considered respectable behavior, not the path to a happy, productive life.

    For a long time now, it has occurred to me that people only have one set of morals. You can’t be dishonest in one area of life, yet be the definition of moral uprightness in other areas of life. In my working years, I have met several men whom cheated on their wives on a regular basis. In every case, these were miserable characters that were a burden to be around and all but universally unliked by co-workers. One fellow had fathered numerous children out of wedlock and had a series of failed marriages plagued by adultery. Even though he was in his sixties, he still had never really become a man capable of adult responsibility and would shift the blame for his shortcomings. He could orate his way out of trouble, and frequently do so, but at heart he was as miserable as a man could be. In the business world, he seemed quite adept at making messes whom others would have to clean up, which is the perfect analog of his reproductive history.

    Strangely, a lot of people claiming to be Christian seem to have exempted themselves from the morality of the Bible. One friend of mine dated a Worship Leader at his church and as the relationship progressed and they discussed marriage, she made it plain that she reserved for herself the right to have sexual liaisons with other men and to take “sex vacations” where she could travel with one of her friends and they would visit resorts and pick up as many men as they could. Apparently she didn’t think that Acts 15:19-20 applied to her: “Therefore, it is my judgment that we do not cause trouble for those from the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols, from acts of sexual immorality, from what has been strangled, and from blood.”

    The fact that spam contains the subject matter it does, is a reflection of the state of our civilization. They send out emails that they feel will get responses, and stick with what works. Sexual “enhancement” and easy money. What folly ensues when we abandon the morality of the Bible.

    1. And what kind of response do they get? They must get something, or they wouldn’t keep doing it.

      Sexual Liberation often has the odd effect of putting people off sex.

    2. While I’ve never participated in the libertine sexual behavior of our time, I feel that it has definitely damaged the appeal of sex in my life. I wouldn’t mind some companionship, but I’m not pursuing such a thing because so many people have convinced themselves that somehow fornication is now permissible for Christians.

      Beyond that, there a significant differences of opinion with regard to sexual practices. In the last 50 years or so, people have been conditioned to accept sexual practices that their parent’s generation would have avoided, in no small part because of the proliferation of pornography, where visual impact and novelty are used to sell their wares. I’m astounded at the extend to which people have been affected by this. I recently had a conversation with a man in his 70s who seemed to think that sex should be a marathon activity lasting for hours and boasted of his ability to do so. Somehow, I don’t think that this is what the Creator intended.

  2. I fully agree with all you have written, unknowable2. When the nation (just like the children of Israel did) turns from God, there is no other direction to turn to, except to satan’s kingdom and all the filth it contains. I grieve for this nation, and all the lost ones who dwell herein.

  3. They prey on people like my older sister who has dementia. They scammed her out of $10,000 but her children were able to get the FBI to get her money back. A good way to handle one’s email account is to every day delete the ones you do not want to save. That way, when you want to go back to a good one in the past you don’t have to scroll down 50 pages looking for it – works for me.

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