There is a great controversy about the root cause of so many millennials tending to favor a socialistic bent to government. Of course the main reason, in my opinion, is the rewriting of the history books in our education system. George Washington is no longer the father of our country but is now a man who helped found a slave empire by white men. Thomas Jefferson is no longer known for authoring most of our Constitution, but a slave owner who fathered a slave child. Everyone in history is judged, not by the standards of their times, but by the standards of rewritten history and current “culture.”
They are rewriting history to say that we are a nation of immigrants. That view is not entirely accurate. While it is true, most of our founders did come from other countries, they quickly shed their immigration status and became Americans. They were not hyphenated anything. They were Americans first and foremost. We will not survive as a free nation unless those who come here legally or illegally stop living as immigrants and become Americans.
A big problem in our local culture is the many children who are victims of an environment that has made men, not just males, expendable. They are necessary as sperm donors and then their role is diminished to perhaps weekend caretakers or monetary providers. To actually be involved in the rearing of their offspring is only a novel idea.
This is the fault of both men and women. Men view women as pleasure providers and women view men as predators. Thus both genders become confused and abandon the best interest of their children or society as a whole.
As I have written before, I am not castigating single parenting that is not a choice, but a product of unfortunate circumstances. That is a very formidable job and my hat is off to those who have to function in that environment. I am speaking of so many mothers who do not want the father to play a major role and the many fathers who father children trying to prove their manhood.
We speak of difficult learning environments and ignore some of the obvious causes for those difficulties. Stability is one of the basic foundations for a good learning environment. That needs to start with the parents, the churches and the schools.
Participation in the everyday activities of family is another basic foundation. It is difficult to learn when you feel that no one cares whether you succeed or fail. Another basic foundation for a good learning environment is a feeling of security. Being afraid for your safety no matter where you are does not lend itself to “book learning” but to “street learning.”
It seems that the only solution offered by too many is more money, racial or ethnic quotas and government handouts. We have taught too many that there is free lunch. They fail to teach that someone has to grow that lunch, someone has to prepare that lunch and someone has to get that lunch to them. Just as there is no such thing as a tree that grows money, there is no lunch that grows, prepares and delivers itself.
Those who promise such a creature are just as deluded as the alchemist who promises to turn lead into gold. Those who are convinced to buy into such delusions are destined to be sorely disappointed and ultimately disillusioned. This leads to unrest and confusion of thought processing.
So what is the final answer? Life is not a game of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Answers change as the questions change. What I mean by that is solutions must be based on timeless principles and tailored to current situations.
Unfortunately too many solutions are fashioned in haste, selfishness, misinformation and partisanship.
We must start thinking about what is best for our future, not our immediate gratification.
Billy P. Long of Benton Harbor has resided in the area since 1972. He is pastor of the Apostolic Tabernacle in Benton Township.