When we are faced with a problem, our understanding of that problem is revealed in the answers we bring. If we have a wrong understanding of the issue, we will have the wrong answers. In the end, we might even do more damage than good.
We see this time and again with the humanist. The humanist thinks that the problem with most people is a lack of knowledge or understanding. They start with the premise that man is basically good.
They believe with the right amount of knowledge and education, his baser instincts and tendencies will be overcome.
We can see this kind of thinking in Germany.
A website launched by the German government earlier this year aims to show refugees and other foreign visitors the right ways and the wrong ways to have sex — but critics now warn it could do much more harm than good.
The site, known as Zanzu, includes specific pages on types of sex, along with prostitution, infections, and family planning — complete with diagrams. It’s available in more than a dozen languages, including Arabic.
The goal of this website is to instruct those from more conservative societies how they should act within the more liberal societies of Europe. But some rightly think that this is not only unhelpful it might actually make things worse.
However, in the aftermath of the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in Cologne, most of which were blamed on refugees, critics say what amounts to a sex-ed website could be useless at best, and provocative at worst.
University of Merseburg scientist Jürgen Voss told The Washington Post a website couldn’t convince everybody from the Middle East to talk about their sex lives in a healthy way. “It’s not something that the state can force people to do, to live openly. But it needs to be negotiated.”
When we start with the wrong problem, we will always end with the wrong solution.