To Sext, or Not to Sext

"Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure," or so Lord Byron wrote in Don Juan. Byron himself was a larger-than-life figure, a romantic hero beside which our present-day Don Juans, from Bill Clinton to Anthony Weiner, are more of an embarrassment than anything else.  Byron, who was characterized by one contemporary as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," was a true profligate, none of whose affairs were conducted via Facebook or Twitter.    Whether or not Byron was proud of his numerous indiscretions, including a possible dalliance with his half-sister, Augusta Leigh, I cannot say.  But his actions fit right into the liberal template of unlimited personal freedom.  Byron was an early product of amoral, non-judgmental ethic that has become all too familiar in our time. William Faulkner once wrote that "no man is ever free, and he couldn't stand it if he were."  Underlying Faulkner's cautious observation is an ennobling conception of life that...(Read Full Article)