President Hinkley was pretty sober at the Priesthood session when he spoke about p0rn. He read a hard letter from an afflicted wife. He grieved the 57 billion dollars spent on p0rn worldwide (57 billion dollars gone down the devil’s rat-hole). He mourned for the women who love the men who get addicted. He mourned the lost blessings of those men. P0rn, he said, says amen to the priesthood of its beholders.
He grieved for the Internet. He showed real pain that such a useful instrument promised fair to become little more than a p0rn patch. Without irony or any special emphasis he referred several times to going online for p0rn as “sexual relations with the internet.” All the soullessness of the sin is in that phrase.
I thought of that phrase again while reading Macbeth on the commute home. Lady Macbeth dismisses her husband’s weak remorse for his murder of Duncan. She says, “The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures.” In too many places these days, women, young men, and children are but as pictures too.