Emily W. Jensen: Bloggernacle Back Bench: Fighting pornography addiction

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  • Richard Saunders Provo, UT
    March 8, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    @ Thinkman

    I think you're right that you get what you focus on but some things don't go away because you ignore them. For example: termites, house fires, cancer, high blood pressure. I think pornography has much more in common with a disease than it does poverty. I don't worry so much about those addicted to pornography who are open and know they have a problem and are working through it as those who have been addicted but find nothing wrong with it because they never hear anything bad about it.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    March 8, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    What you focus on determines what you will see more of in your life. If you focus your thoughts, words and actions on health then you will be more healthy. If you focus on success, then you will succeed more in what you do than fail. If you focus on sickness or poverty, then you will get more of those things and if you focus on "fighting" pornography, guess what? You will continue to see more pornography to fight against.

    The obsession that the LDS church and the LDS culture has with fighting porn only begets more porn in the lives of its members. I'm not saying the LDS church nor its members should embrace porn but rather, the incessant focus on porn by the members, the general conference talks, the stake conference and other talks and forums and conferences held on porn I think, to some degree, actually perpetuate the viewing of and seeking of more porn by LDS church members.

    How about the LDS church and its members leave porn alone and see if that by doing so, fewer of its members will actually be viewing it and fewer marriages will be threatened? Just a thought.

  • John in Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
    March 8, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    Another great resource is the Church's LDS Family Service Addiction Recovery Program. There are even groups specifically for pornography addiction.