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6 Responses to “A Different Take”

  1. Dave T says:

    I’m glad that Kent took up my question inn my comment from last week: “anyone asked about the parenting received by the youth who are shooters? Anyone examine the relationship choices of the adult shooters? If we found these broad poverties in the shooters we could make politically-charged but accurate assessments that THESE people are likely shooters.” Thanks for doing the work Kent! But now I must ask: suicides are up – but isn’t the dramatic rise among baby-boomers? How’s that a connection to typically younger fatherless mass-murders? Dahlberg’s last line was great (!) but changing two words sends a correlative message: “It is A measure of health to be well-adjusted IN a profoundly sick society.” I’d like to think that’s me, but “them are us” as we grow sick or grow better together.

  2. John C Rankin says:

    Here is a a simple observation that begs a thorough review: The chosen absence of the biological father is the greatest social evil in history. Abraham wanted to be a present father to Ishmael, but the initial brokenness of the marriage covenant precluded it, and it only goes downhill from there to the present. Abraham chose by accepting Sarah’s advice re: concubinary, disbelieving Yahweh’s promise in the moment, and handicapping the good choices he would have otherwise made. And look at the fruit in Ishmael’s life, and his lineage. In today’s culture, where elitist politicians have destroyed marriage since the “Great Society” of LBJ, the chosen absence now has entrenched reality, and injures the most vulnerable.

  3. Amanda H says:

    As a follow-up to both posts, while fatherlessness, violent media and social media use certainly matter, we should take pause to ask ourselves why American mass shooting statistics are so much higher than other Western countries where the same factors are at play. I’ve currently been living in the UK for the last four years and I can confirm that fatherlessness, violent media (if nothing else easily exported and shared across the English speaking world) and social media are leading to similar a mental health crisis among young people including drug abuse. However, with many of the same factors, there are not mass school shootings and the main difference I can see between the US and the UK is the availability of guns, particularly automatic weapons which can kill large numbers quickly.

  4. Dave T says:

    Had to add a response to “student demand for mental and emotional health services has exploded…these incredibly accomplished young people hail…with countless advantages and (for the most part) supportive parents. Why are they struggling so much more?” Fatherless homes aren’t far removed from hollow two-parent parenting. A generation trained in dependence on therapies and not trained in relationship to “God and man” ruins even more lives than shootings do. I’m sure I’ll get flack for being so pointed but therapeutic dependency is soullessness. When kids turn to such health services it’s out of habit in the home, not as a replacement for parenting – therapeutic dependency replaced their parents much earlier.

  5. Dave T says:

    John Rankin and Amanda are hitting nails on the head too: so many factors at stake!

  6. Dwight Gibson says:

    There is much to consider in this thoughtful post and thread. The term fatherless is an interesting one. It sets the focus on the absence, physically and or mentally on the missing father. That is a real and important concern.

    At the same time for the most (at least as I am remembering it today) it takes both a male and a female to create a new child. Of course there is now the option for the anonymous test tube interactions!

    There are prior choices being made whether in conception, divorce or in a number of other ways that either the mother or father are making that set up the scenarios we are discussing here.

    So while we do need to consider the fatherless aspect of this, which I think is a key driver, there is a broader parenting issue that I think important to consider prior to conception, divorce,etc that is playing into this conversation and the results we are observing.

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