Hedonism—the scratching of every itch, indulgence of very impulse, breaking of nearly every norm—is very much central to our ongoing coup de culture that is replacing Judeo-Christian/Humanistic society with one based in utilitarianism/hedonism/radical environmentalism. Hedonism has consequences, one of which is decadence, now so ubiquitous and varied that it is almost white noise. But this story from Germany stands out in its nihilism and flaying of the concept of intrinsic human dignity. An “artist” in Germany has created a display of cadavers “copulating.” From the story:
A new exhibition featuring preserved dead bodies having sex opened in Berlin on Thursday with critics saying a maverick German anatomist dubbed “Doctor Death” has gone too far this time.
No he hasn’t: Why would anyone think there is such thing as “too far” anymore?
The couple, part of Gunther von Hagens’s exhibition “The Cycle of Life”, is the “low point in his tastelessness”, Michael Braun, culture expert from the conservative CDU party, told AFP. Von Hagens said his copulating couples show the sexual act in “bracing clarity” [and that it] “offers a deep understanding of the human body, the biology of reproduction, and the nature of sexuality”.
No, it’s just cadaver porn.
Three years ago he opened a factory-cum-museum in eastern Germany manufacturing “plastinated” sections of cadavers to supply researchers and medical students and charging visitors to watch the process. “I am firmly convinced that he just breaks taboos again and again in order to make money,” Kai Wegner, another CDU lawmaker, told AFP. “It is not about medicine or scientific progress. It is marketing and money-making pure and simple.”
But breaking “taboos” is all that matters in a hedonistic culture that reduces us to mere instinctive and self indulgent beings living for the next, ever more nihilistic, thrill.
We can break this downward spiral only by seeing clearly what is happening and then refusing to participate in it.