I think that we can decide what is a good thing. We have conscience; we have a sense of what we would like done unto us and what we would not like done unto us. We have a sense of boundaries and appropriateness and common decency. We have a brain. We just choose not to listen to it all the time because it can have inconvenient ramifications, that's all. Look at the religions and philosophies you mention, stretching 10.000 years back or more. They all say the same thing: about how we should have a moral center, wisdom, self-discipline and self-restraint; treat others with a modicum of respect and consideration and live in harmony with our environment. Just because we do not always choose to do that --because we're frightened, angy, selfish, or just plain lazy-- doesn't mean that we don't know how. I don't think we can wave aside the inappropriate sexualisation of a child because we don't want to mess with our freedom to surf. You worry about self-appointed institutions? Who do you think censors films? Or computer games? Or books? Independent institutions, dude. Censorship is a dynamic process between these institutions and society as a whole. Although I may not always agree with their decisions, I'm glad that they are there to keep some sort of boundaries.