Saturday, January 20, 2024

David Brooks is Dead Wrong about the Nuclear Family

"The nuclear family is the stone progressives rejected and water is still wet."

David Brooks argument in the Atlantic that "THE NUCLEAR FAMILY WAS A MISTAKE - The family structure we’ve held up as the cultural ideal for the past half century has been a catastrophe for many. It’s time to figure out better ways to live together." Is like arguing that because water has been wet for half a century, it  has been a catastrophe and we must change it.!

The nuclear family is not a contrived progressive construct. It's God's creation, from the beginning! The Catholic Catechism (2207) teaches "The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability, and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security, and fraternity within society. The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society."

Consistent with Jeremy Rifkin's the Emphatic Civilisation where he charts the evolution of human consciousness from the rise of mythological consciousness in primitive tribal societies, to theological or faith-based con- sciousness in the agrarian Dark Ages, and deological consciousness" introduced by the Age of Reason.

Consider the effects of the Black Genocide, including the fact that the African American nuclear family has joined the Sea Turtles in the endangered list and the social ills due to fatherlessness: – 71% of high school dropouts are fatherless; fatherless children have more trouble academically, scoring poorly on tests of reading, mathematics, and thinking skills; children from father-absent homes are more likely to be truant from school, more likely to be excluded from school, more likely to leave school at age 16, and less likely to attain academic and professional qualifications in adulthood

Do you know that in Google books, you can hardly find references related to nuclear family, racism gun violence, peer pressure, abortion, homelessness, mental health, fatherlessness, obesity and so on, prior to 1960? But then (1963) after an uber progressive Warren SCOTUS decided that teaching children about wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord., charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity was too radical, all hell broke lose.

Using analysis tools like the Ishikawa Cause-Effect Diagram, the Pareto Rule, Security Professionals' Attack Tree and or Occam's Razor, they all suggest that after the uber progressive Warren SCOTUS (1963) decision, we have had
[ ] A mental health crisis
[ ] Infanticide turned into #BlackGenocide
[ ] African American nuclear family has joined the Sea Turtles in the extinct list - compare to 2% divorce rate for couples using NFP
[ ] [80% of AA kids are raised in fatherless homes
[ ] Replaced faith-based Gleaning with SNAP
[ ] [AIDS epidemic
[ ] Opiod crisis
[ ] We have a fatherlesssness crisis
[ ] A Girlhood Crisis
[ ] A Trans Crisis.
[ ] Obesity crisis

What David Brooks is about feelings.  About libertinage.  If it feels good, do it.

Gender identity is not a feeling, for example: Gender identity is not a feeling.  "God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them"; He blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply"; "When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created." Catholic Catechism  2331

Granted, there are various worldviews:

[  ] Hindu sees the human person as a soul trapped in a body

[  ] The Buddhist sees the person as neither a body nor a soul

[  ] The atheist views the person as a body without a soul.

While We’re each free to believe whatever we want to believe, Sacred Scriptures say life is short, death is real, Hell is hot, eternity is long, and Jesus saves!

The Christian view is that humans are bodies and souls, created in the image and likeness of God. Every human being has a unique and rational soul that animates his human body, whether in the womb or a jail cell

[  ] Everyone made in God's image
[  ] Everyone is broken
[  ] Everyone is created for love
[  ] Everyone has desires that are not good.  We are all broke
[  ] Those who identify as gay or trans, have dignity 
[  ] Those who experience same-sex attraction are worthwhile
[  ] Those who are grappling with their Sexuality as part of the family, that is, part of the human family, and if they are Christian, they are part of the family of God
[  ] If you are same-sex attracted person, you belong to the Catholic Church.

The nuclear family is the stone progressives rejected and water is still wet.

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