The Real Reason There’s So Much Hate And Disfunction In America…
We’ve become a country of hate.
We’ve become a country of blame and finger-pointing.
We’ve become a country of entitlement.
We’ve become a country that is all about ME… not about WE.
We’ve become a country that’s led to believe we must pick a side (and that anyone who disagrees with us is wrong).
We’ve become a country where morals have been thrown out the window.
What we’re witnessing today in American society disgusts me… In fact, I’m sick to my stomach with all the hate, one-sidedness, and a complete lack of respect for others.
So I wanted to do this blog post to bring some attention to the real problem at hand…
First, Here’s What Is NOT The Core Problem…
The problem is NOT politicians (there have been both good and bad politicians for thousands of years… nothing new here).
The problem is NOT Republicans and it is NOT Democrats (a political viewpoint is nothing more than a viewpoint from the people… it’s never the core problem).
The problem is NOT the media (media can only amplify the voices, behaviors, and morals of the society that it reports on… they are not the problem… the people are).
The problem is NOT income inequality (this too has been around for thousands of years… my guess is that there will always be large differences in income provided some people work harder, smarter, and take bigger risks than others).
The problem is NOT the police (for anyone who believes police are the issue, have you ever considered why they have a job in the first place? It’s to protect law-abiding citizens from the knuckleheads who can’t obey the law… if you want to disband the police, simply stop breaking the law and they won’t have a job…)
The problem is NOT racism (racism and discrimination have been going on for thousands of years… from race to religion… it’s not new and even if racism ended tomorrow, it still doesn’t fix the fundamental problems in America).
Here’s The Real Problem In America…
The real problem can all be summed up in one quote from Time magazine…
“No society has ever survived after its family life deteriorated…”
Yes, the real reason we have so much hate and dysfunction in America is that we’ve ripped apart and bastardized the one thing that holds any society together… FAMILY.
Why is family so important?
Family is where you learn right from wrong.
Family is where you first learn to play together as a team.
Family is where you learn how to have healthy conversations and debates.
Family is where you learn that it’s ok to still love someone even if you don’t completely agree with them.
Family is where you learn it’s NOT ok to discriminate, that it’s NOT ok to treat others badly, and that it’s NOT ok to tease someone because they look different than you (regardless if it’s color of skin, handicapped, they way they dress, etc).
Family is where you learn that you aren’t entitled to anything… that you’ve got to put in the WORK for anything you want or desire.
Family is where you learn that you can’t be selfish… that it’s NOT all about you… it’s about the family UNIT.
Family is where you learn about LOVE and what it looks like to do good in God’s eyes…
Yet today we have hardly any focus on the family… it’s no longer a priority.
Today you’re considered weird if your family has sit-down dinners and prays at the table and has real discussions as a family…
Sadly, it’s now easier to disregard our families and blame anything we can point our fingers on as being the problem…
All while we celebrate and applaud the celebrities who cheat on their spouses and leave them for “better looking” replacements…
We celebrate divorces like they are nothing more than an 8th grader leaving their junior high sweetheart (have we completely forgotten that marriage is a covenant that every couple signed with their spouse and God).
What’s really sad is that we’ve forgotten what it means to be loving parents who are fully engaged with our children… it’s easier to just buy them a phone or have them sit in front of the TV than it is to be the loving parents that we know we’re called to be…
And hardly anyone has time to have a sit-down dinner with our family because we’re all too busy… I know the feeling… it’s not easy to be a good parent, it’s work!
Still Not Sure That A Breakdown Of The Family Is The Core Issue?
Spend a day at your local prison and ask the prisoners who’ve committed the worst crimes what their family life was like… almost every single one of them will tell you they came from a broken and dysfunctional family.
Heck, spend a day at any public school in America and just ask the teachers what the biggest problem is… they’ll be quick to tell you that more and more kids lack parents who care… that countless parents are using public schools as daycare so they don’t have to put any work into their kids… that the family life in so many of these young children is non-existent… how sad.
How can we possibly expect anyone to know right from wrong and how to love thy neighbor if we’re not doing it as a family?
How can we expect to have a stable foundation as a society if there isn’t a stable family structure?
Simply put, a breakdown in the family results in a breakdown in society.
It’s really simple math… disrespectful kids with no foundation equal disrespectful adults with no moral compass…
That’s always been the case, there are just more of them today than at any time in American history.
My biggest fear is that it’s too late to repair without hitting complete rock bottom… but I share some ideas in this podcast below.
What are your thoughts on this?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
The Real Problem In America… [PODCAST]
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