American politics is riveted on bombshell accusations involving Judge Roy Moore, who is running for U.S. Senate from the state of Alabama. In a story reported in the Washington Post, he is accused by five women of molesting them when they were 14 – 16 years old. He proclaims his innocence, claims he always “got their mother’s permission” when dating young girls, and calls the charges a political smear.
Regardless of the politics, the culture is getting a lesson in moral development in real time. Old Testament values of older men with adolescent girls is today seen as creepy and abusive. Childhood itself has become reified as a stage of development that is sacred and in need of protection. Are children safer and is the culture more civilized today than in 1970’s Alabama? Yes, says Jeff, and ever more so as stories like this come out. (But don’t tell that to Mike Barnacle and Maureen Dowd, and the other wailers of woe.)
About Jeff Salzman
Jeff Salzman worked with Ken Wilber for several years in building the Integral Institute. He is a co-founder of Boulder Integral, the first bricks-and-mortar venue dedicated to the development of integral consciousness. These days Jeff provides integrally-inspired commentary on politics and culture on Integral Life and The Daily Evolver.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.
Hi, Jeff and Corey –
In case you missed this piece about child marriage in the U.S., here is the link https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/11/15/564322180/is-it-legal-for-an-older-man-to-court-a-child-bride-in-the-u-s
Thanks for your insightful broadcasts.