In many ways, I am a moral dinosaur; while many things have improved with time, sadly one of them -in my opinion - is the state of moral standards. Manners were once king, and now it is accepted that they are not used.
The moral decline of the world
Voice of a dinosaur
Many years ago, my online lady friends used to call jokingly me a dinosaur, because I had a code of ethics, unlike many men they'd come across. I didn't consider a woman online was looking for a date; I assumed they wanted someone to talk to, probably because they were lonely.. always treated women with respect - even if it isn't taken in the manner it had been given.
An out-dated ethical code
Months ago, my online research for images for covers led me far from where I started. I began to look at images of "Gone with the Wind," I was going to a post about the decline of my writing linked to a picture of Tara in flames. I ended up reading about Pre-Code films.
These were films made after the end of the silent era when studios had no control over publicity and immorality was openly shown. Drug use, prostitution, and wanton violence were the main themes before the Catholics began a campaign to control how films and books got publicized.
Reading about the use of sex to sell a movie reminded me of how far we've sunk since then. I'm no prude and don't object to having sex with my stories, but these days it appears to me that the only way to get anywhere is to use sexual images to promote the story.
Sadly, I made the decision if this is what is needed, I shall have to comply with the standards of the world we live in rather than rely on my moral compass. My moral compass has held me back over the years.
Having a moral compass is fine if you set the compass in reality. My compass is fixed in an age that will never return. I feel like the character Adam Adamant -in the series of the same name http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/517661/ - Adam is an Edwardian gentleman who returned from being frozen in time to the Swinging 60's, and was out of sync with his values in the modern world.
Not entirely Fry waking up in a cryogenic pod in http://www.cc.com/shows/futurama