We need fathers in families, not families without fathers. Today (2008 06 15) is Fathers Day. What I write here fits the day, as some other comments did that I wrote over the years about fathers and Fathers Day.
The following excerpt is the conclusion of a 2001 commentary that argues that without fathers to head families, society is in trouble.
The “family” in all ages and in all corners of the globe can be defined as a man and a woman bonded together through a socially approved covenant of marriage to regulate sexuality, to bear, raise, and protect children, to provide mutual care and protection, to create a small home economy, and to maintain continuity between the generations, those going before and those coming after.
It is out of the reciprocal, naturally recreated relations of the family that the broader communities–such as tribes, villages, peoples, and nations–grow.
— Allan Carlson, in
What’s Wrong With the United Nations Definition of ‘Family’?
The Family in America (August 1994), p. 3
How can any father forget about the crucial role he must play in that design for the fundamental building block of any well society and still demand respect and justice?
Real fathers put the welfare of others – their families, community and nation – before their own. However, they cannot exercise their role if they are not part of their families and if they don’t receive the respect they deserve for the sacrifices they make. For that we need: Fathers in families, not families without fathers.
It should by now be abundantly obvious to anyone that the feminist social engineering of more than 40 years that resulted in the systematic and endemic marginalization of fathers and families produced nothing but social decay. If you cannot accept that, read Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family, by Rebecca O’Neill; Sept. 2002, CIVITAS. Rebecca O’Neill states that,
It’s official: The experiment has failed
For the best part of thirty years we have been conducting a vast experiment with the family, and now the results are in : the decline of the two-parent, married-couple family has resulted in poverty, ill-health, educational failure, unhappiness, anti-social behaviour, isolation and social exclusion for thousands of women, men and children.
This morning I found an article that provides an excellent description of the other side of the equation for the symbiosis of fathers, families and nations. That article, by Heretic, a teacher in London, England, describes the history of the deliberate and systematic transformation of the U.K. from being a stable society to one that is in escalating and perhaps terminal social chaos.
There is nothing special about that evolution in the U.K. The same situation exists – in slightly varying stages of “progress” – in every developed nation, thanks to the Left, the largely and almost entirely feminist-dominated and -controlled Left.
Heretic describes the specifics of the history of social decline and decay of the U.K. He could have written in more general terms and just as accurately have hit the nail on the head for all developed nations. Heretic‘s article is great and absolutely required reading. Read it: The Industrialisation of the Family.
Belatedly, Switzerland is the last developed nation that, starting in 2007, determined that Fathers Day (on the third Sunday in June) should be a national day of celebrating fathers. That is coming about as a result of intensive lobbying by the Swiss men’s movement.
It remains to be seen whether that will strengthen Swiss families and halt the social decline of Switzerland, but it is a good first step. Still, as of now it did not do anything of the kind in any other nation. After all, what good is one day out of a year for celebrating fathers when fathers receive little or no respect during the rest of the year and the feminist-driven belittling and vilification of men, fathers and families rages on.
Perhaps that is one of the reasons why of all developed nations Switzerland still does not have an official Fathers Day.