Amphiist 31: The Ancient Greek practice of pederasty

· Philosophy, Popular culture

There are many sides fighting to influence our world view

We need to listen to all of them (free speech)

Including what the mainstream media refuses to cover

The rest of us are entitled to our perspectives:

Shia Muslims, men’s right activists, socialists, etc.

Amphiist is a Greek word meaning looking at both sides

Amphiist (31)

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January 22, 2018                               Today in the...

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Mainstream media perspective

The mainstream media implies that America is the greatest country in the world. It has the greatest culture, which every other country wishes to emulate. One aspect of American culture which has spread to other nations is the superficiality of the modern world. On one hand, movies and television glorify sex and violence, but at the same time, Americans decry sexual liberty, and act very prudish about such affairs. Europeans have a far more sophisticated attitude toward relationships. There is globalization of the American culture to a certain extent, but we should always remember that there are distinct differences between specific countries on the issues of love, sex, friendship and romance. All cultures are equal.  (Turn page over for another perspective)

 

The Other Side

Long before there was America, there was Greece. Eros is the Greek word which denotes the idea of love. In ancient Athens, a sexual practice which was common, and indeed sanctioned, was pederasty, the situation where an older man carries on a loving relationship with an adolescent man. Pederasty expressed itself in a very different way from the modern usage of the term. Nowadays, images of perverted 50-year-olds lusting after young teenaged boys come to mind. In ancient Athens, however, a different scenario existed, where the idea was more mature. The dynamic of the relationship included to an important degree mentoring of the young lad. The relationship would be long-term, rather than short term. The relationship was intended to encourage virtue, rather than discourage it. Consent was necessary, and the relationship was not about lust, but about an emphasis on self-development and growth. Such boys realized their full potential; it was a mutually beneficial arrangement. The boy was not to be taken advantage of in any way. If an older man entered into such a relationship with an impure mindset, he was shamed in the community. Aristophanes, a famous comedian of the time, said homosexuals are ‘born this way,’ and that a pederastic relationship was of enormous benefit.

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