Intellectual Prostitution

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Intellectual Prostitution
By Omar Javaid
Merriam-Webster Online defines prostitution as the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money , and Prostitute as a person who offers indiscriminately, for sexual interaction especially for money OR a devotee to corrupt or unworthy purposes . Oxford Concise Dictionary also states similar definition . In the light of these definitions, this profession is promiscuous, I say that it is the ugliest profession on the face of this planet and degrades the person involved to unimaginably demoralized and debauched state. But to feel like wise, one needs an enlightened and alive moral sense. But that’s a serious problem today because an enlightened and alive moral sense is hard to find in today’s economically rational world. According to R.W.Fevre; in secular societies such as America, morality has been hollowed out by common sense and economic rationality; only its façade remains, deceiving for its presence . In Economically enlightened society’s prostitution as a profession (low skill and high pay) provides an economically feasible alternative to an economically inefficient procreational method called marriage . Its presence can be rationalize from a simple equation of demand and supply, its natural demand exists in form of sexual appetite of males mostly and supply exist in the form of morally and economically deprived females, who are economically dissatisfied by other professions which are morally viable but economically unfeasible for their living standards . In some Asian countries such rationalities have practically proven to be astonishingly economically efficient for the country and have provided a healthy supply for a massive international demand, raised by economically conscious secular societies. Thai sex industry is a genuine and horrifying example. Wikipedia Encyclopedia states: “Estimates of the number of prostitutes in Thailand vary widely and are subject to controversial debate. One such estimate, by Dr. Nitet Tinnakul from Chulalongkorn University and reported in The Nation in January 2004, gives a total of 2.8 million sex workers in Thailand, including 2 million women, 20,000 adult males and 800,000 minors under the age of 18. One estimate published in 2003 placed the trade at US$ 4.3 billion (thousand million) per year, about 3 per cent of the Thai economy” . The analysis of philosophy of prostitution, teaches us that a natural urge and capacity (in this case of procreation) is used illegitimately not for the sake of procreation (even illegitimate), which is its true and natural purpose, but for some materialistic (mostly economic) requirements. In the light of common sense and through the lens of egoistic materialism such an activity is natural, normal and justifiable. But in reality if such a phenomenon starts to finds room in state of affairs of social life then in long term death of that society is inevitable . What has led to such a state of catastrophic demoralization and disgrace of human values is another debate, where it is leading us is yet another. What is intended here is to describe and analyze how common sense and egoistic materialism, i.e. a product of secular philosophies, has affected a particular state of affairs in our lives and its no surprise that it might have affected other state of affairs as well. Presence of such a phenomenon is easily recognizable in the procreational arena of social life but unfortunately its presence has escalated in other arenas of life and hence can be found, if investigated cautiously, in the Artistic and Intellectual arenas as well. Just like conventional prostitutes, intellectual prostitutes also exist in today’s modern world. If we compare both of them, we will see certain similarities in the nature of their activities. A conventional prostitute sells her/his physical capacities for economic or materialistic objectives; an intellectual prostitute also sells his/her intellectual...
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