Human beings have always been fascinated with the power that secrecy brings, and it is one of the reasons why Internet porn is so alluring.
The theme of secrecy and invisibility is as “old as the hills.”
Plato’s Republic speaks of a the legend of Gyges, a humble shepherd who finds a magic ring that renders him invisible when he wears it. Intoxicated with his new power, he uses the ring to steal his way into the palace, seduce the queen, assassinate the king, and take over the kingdom.
In H.G. Wells’ book, The Invisible Man, the character Griffin uses a potion to render himself invisible. Griffin is eventually driven mad by the power he feels: violence, arson, burglarizing shops and homes, and proclaiming a “reign of terror” he plans to bring about.
These fictional accounts demonstrate the human attraction to anonymity: if I could render myself invisible in some arena, with no accountability, no possibility of getting caught, what would stop me from unselfishly taking anything I wanted?
This is the theme I develop in my article on The Gospel Coalition. Read, “Sexy Pics and Secrecy.”