Moses came down from the Mount and said, I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is I got Him down to 10. The bad news is adultery stays.
Everyone has a sly laugh at this joke, because we know how weak humans are and how strong the sex drive is – the soul is indeed willing but the body is weak. However, God put that pesky commandment in there for a reason: namely, adultery destroys not only marriages but civil society itself if it takes place in an approved and widespread fashion.
The BBC are in their St Augustine phase: Lord, make me good, just not yet. In fact the BBC are saying, Lord, just don’t make me good, as it is too bloody hard. This is why they relentless push adultery as not just a human failing but a positive good in all their crappy dramas, the latest being Wanderlust with publicity which, in the BBC’s own words, ‘asks whether lifelong monogamy is possible – or even desirable’. As Peter Hitchens says, ‘You know as well as I do that they’re not really asking.’
The irony here is the BBC believe they are being terribly edgy in promoting this childish nonsense, when the truth is that adultery and all the other options such as ‘open relationships’ (also pushed on iPlayer) have been around for millennia. The radical change came with Judaism and the Christianity which orientated intimate sexual acts to one’s spouse.
But as Hitchens pointed out on Sunday, the ruling elite hate marriage, and have waged war upon it for decades. ‘Our modern upper crust hate marriage because it is a fortress of private life. They hate it above all because they can’t control it, because it is the place where the next generation learn how to be distinct, thinking individuals instead of conformist robots.
‘It is where they discover the truth about the past, the lore of the tribe, the traditions and beliefs that make us who we are. It is where they become capable of being free.
‘But our new rulers don’t want that. They don’t want fully formed people who know who they are and where they come from. They want obedient, placid consumers, slumped open-mouthed in front of screens, drugged into flaccid apathy (legally or illegally, the Government don’t care which), slaving all hours in the dreary low-wage, high-tax economy they are so busily creating.
‘Much better if they’ve never heard of the great golden drama of our national history and literature, so they don’t know what they’re missing and don’t care.
‘They would prefer the young to be brought up in a sort of moral car park, knowing nothing except what they are told by authority and the advertising industry. In this brave new world, sex is a spectacle and a sport, solemn oaths are worthless, and duty is a joke.
‘In this, they are much like the Soviet Communists, who deliberately made divorce as easy as crossing the road, and made absolutely sure that hardly any parents could afford to stay at home to raise their own children.’
This pretty much sums it up. The only thing I care to add is that, most despicably of all, much of the elite continue to hoard the privilege that is marriage while pushing open relationships, adultery and easy divorce to those lower down the social and economic scale.
They push this kind damaging ideology on those least able to afford it and whose kids suffer the most. They quite like the set-up where they, the already wealthy double-income married couple with two kids stay married and conserve resources for their children, while the children of the divorces or never married have to move out of family homes and see their stable family life disappear.
In fact I’d take a bet that most of the people in the drama Wanderlust won’t practise any of the cheap tricks they are preaching to the masses. Instead, they will do their work and go home to their spouses and kids. They are the true hypocrites in this drama.