Not by Thorton Wilder.
Today, we live in a multiplicity of worlds. Western, Eastern, Internet, Criminal, hidden, religious (and the various faucets of that), and even the child's world.
I am most familiar with today's Western World in all of its complexity, confusion, and nuances. We, as a people, have grown quite mature so far. We have most of the world embracing democracy. North America, I suppose, got that ancient greek based ball rolling.
Yet, as it was in Galileo's day and his wrestling match with the cold hard but erroneous logic of the Catholic Church, so too, today, we have the same roots of that erroneous logic. Perhaps not necessarily from the Catholic Church, but is certainly has a part of it all.
In the United States, it is written for the masses of its peoples, that the government of the people, by those people, for those people a certain constitution of that government so as to protect those people from said government and what it might want to do to hurt those people.
The First Amendment (meaning a change to the intent of that constitution) prevents the government from respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, or abridging the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, or to petition for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments which, today, we know as the Bill of Rights. Most other democratic governments of the world follow the same concept.
But, I ask you here at GC as well as any bystanders who might come across the yammer I here post, is this freedom of speech we feel today actually free? May I stand on a box in Times Square and yell at the top of my lungs that everyone who can hear me is ugly and stupid? Yes, of course. My opinion, however wrong it is, is protected by that famous Amendment. But it wasn't it just a few years ago that Japanese Americans were imprisoned by the thousands for simply being of Oriental descent? Whether or not they were Japanese, Korean, or Chinese?
Wasn't it just a few years ago that anyone could be imprisoned for simply attending a meeting of Communist thinking people? Wasn't it just a few years ago that homosexual people were not only ostracized for their orientation, but often imprisoned or even beaten by people who hated them while the government stood by shaking their heads? And, today, if a perfectly healthy 18 year old boy as full sexual intercourse with a 17 year old girl, is it not that the boy is jailed or worse? And still, today, is it not common to read of a grown man kissing a prepubescent girl and getting sent to prison for the rest of his life?
Here is why I write this post: Why can't I describe the intense pleasure that my young lover (age not disclosed here) experienced that, once the government learned of her pleasure, put me in prison for many many years? Why can I not say the words "[omitted due to public outrage]"? Why is it such a panic for parents to to hear that their 8 year old daughter is playing sex games with the 8 year old boy next door? Why is that so terrible? Where are the safeties of that famous Amendment when a child refuses to accept that sex is bad?
For that matter, why do people turn red-faced when you say the word "sex" in their presence?
For the record, my dear readers, the world is flat, the sun goes around the earth, Easter rabbits lay eggs, Santa Claus has red nosed reindeer that fly, and little girls are not allowed to touch themselves... there.