THE DECLINE OF BOYS
A horrifying fact in all these mass shootings, most recently in El Paso, Dayton, and the continuous disgrace of Chicago, is that an over whelming number of shooters are DAD DEFICIENT.
That’s right, “Dad Deficient”.
Today’s boys are in terrible shape…massive numbers without fathers, and any adult male presence. That is the takeaway from the news of the last few days. It’s all found in the beautifully researched book: The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It.
Warren Farrell, author of The Myth of Male Power, and John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, combines wide-reaching research, analysis, and self-help advice. The fact that “boys are declining in a dramatic way in virtually every key metric.” is clear.
Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency standards in reading, math, and science. The average sperm count of men in the U.S. drops 1.5 percent every year; one in five young men are not fertile. The gap between male and female suicides has tripled in the United States since the Great Depression.
As we noted before, mass shootings are among the most horrific acts of destruction a person can commit, and they have tripled in the U.S. since 2011, and most are committed by males.
And then there is this:
James Howard Kunstler writes…..”In a nation afflicted by fads, crazes, manias, and rages, mass murder is the jackpot for nihilists – begging the question: why does this country produce so many of them? Answer: this is exactly what you get in a culture where anything goes and nothing matters. Extract all the meaning and purpose from being here on earth, and erase as many boundaries as you can from custom and behavior, and watch what happens, especially among young men trained on video slaughter games. For many, there is no armature left to hang a life on, no communities, no fathers, no mentors, no initiations into personal responsibility, no daily organization principles, no instruction in useful trades, no productive activities, no opportunities for love and affection and NO WAY OUT”.