An impurity censor makes no sense to those who don’t have even an impurity sensor

An impurity censor refers to some regulator that filters out impure or obscene content. And an impurity sensor refers to some identifying mechanism that detects impure content whenever it manifests. 

Our society need an impurity sensor because the culture today presents us with so much impure content, especially in terms of visual stimuli such as obscene imagery and verbal stimuli such as obscene language. 

Our inner world is where our purity can manifest and empower us to rise toward mainfesting our fullest potential. The soul is effulgent with purity and virtue, being a part of the supremely effulgent divine being, Krishna. However, it is presently covered by impurities that prevent the manifesting of that virtue. Worse still, it brings out the worst within us, making us do things that hurt us and hurt others. 

Some people don’t have any impurity sensor: any inner sense to perceive whether something is pure or impure. Such people process all outer stimuli based on only one criterion: is it enjoyable? If yes, they want more and more of it, no matter how impure it may be. If some impurity censor regulates their access to such content, they just can’t make sense of why things that are enjoyable being kept away from them. 

The Bhagavad-gita (02.69) points to this radical difference in values between materialists and spiritualists. Cultural imposition of censors is often met with violent opposition by materialists who lack an impurity sensor. To change their attitude, they need to be provided with philosophical education that explains the nature and consequences of impurity. Of course, some people may reject such education and continue with their obsession with impurity. Still, the best chance to communicate the need for impurity censor in a culture begins with providing education that equips individuals with an impurity sensor. 


Think it over:

  • Why does society need an impurity censor?
  • Why do some people lack an impurity sensor?
  • How can the need for an impurity censor be communicated to materialists?

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