When you wake up to the news that schools are allowed to arrange for kids to have an abortion without their mother's knowledge, that sex education and "contraception literacy" are to be mandatory in primary schools from the age of 5, that "gay weddings" are a big step forward in society, having finally put an end to centuries of discriminatory and unfair behaviour, and other such news, it feels good to know that there is still someone out there with some visibility and credibility writing about the decline of human values and the increasing "de-moralisation" of sex.
Excerpt from Tom Wolfe's interview by Bryan Appleyard in the Sunday Times:
"[Tom Wolfe] thinks, basically, that Friedrich Nietzsche got it right.
'Whatever you think of him, his predictions are unbelievably accurate. In the 1880s, he said ‘God is dead’, but then said, ‘Before you atheists run up your banners of triumph, let me sketch out for you the history of the 20th and 21st centuries.’ Barbaric nationalist brotherhoods will lead to wars that have never been waged before — that was the two world wars in the 20th century — but in the 21st century, there will be something much worse, the total eclipse of all human values. The horror of that you cannot imagine, when people will believe in nothing, and everything that is said will be opportunistic.'
He thinks he may have identified, and described, one aspect of this eclipse of values in his novel I Am Charlotte Simmons . This is, as he puts it, the “de-moralisation” of sex.
Wolfe inclines to the belief that sexual repression is one of the most distinctive things about human beings; removing it, therefore, threatens our humanity. Similarly, he feels that our humanity may be degraded when the insights of modern biologists — notably his hero, Edward O Wilson — sink into the popular imagination. People will begin to think they are little more than genetically predetermined animals.
'I just think it’s going to have a very negative effect on humans. People will gradually begin to think that the fix is in, that they are not going to improve, that their child who does poorly at school wasn’t born with the right genes. It will make people depressed, feeling there’s no way out. In my lifetime, we’ve gone from believing we were made in the image of God, and this has turned it all on its head.'”