American Bloodlust: The Violent Psychological Conditioning of Today's Young People (2024)

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American Bloodlust: The Violent Psychological Conditioning of Today's Young People: A Christian Response to America’s Mental Health Crisis: Book 1

Are today’s young people being psychologically conditioned to violence, sexual perversion, and suicidal hopelessness? Will mass shootings continue? Is the rise in same-sex attraction a closely related problem? Will violence continue to increase? Will deaths of despair continue to rise? Will America destroy itself from within?

REVISED AND UPDATED VERSION.America is now facing the worst psychological crisis in its history. What has changed over the past fifty-sixty years that would produce such an outcome? How long will mass shootings (and school shootings) continue? Why do so many young people struggle with murderous and suicidal impulses (not to mention depression, anxiety, and same-sex attraction)? This book exposes the psychological conditioning responsible for today’s mental health crisis and reveals how it can be reversed if the necessary changes are made.

AMERICAN BLOODLUST: THE VIOLENT PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITIONING OF TODAY’S YOUNG PEOPLE
Roger Ball

This book is a truncated version of Liberalism and Mass Shootings

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© 2022 by Roger Ball (59 pgs.)
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Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Missing Structural Necessity of Today’s Child Development
Chapter 2: Necessary Cognitive Development
Chapter 3: Intensive Parenting
Chapter 4: The Origin of Today’s Childrearing Practices
Chapter 5: Self-pity, Escapism, Loneliness and Same-Sex Attraction
Chapter 6: Social Media and Safe Places
Chapter 7: Anger, Pride, Envy and Vengeance
Chapter 8: What Fuels Today’s Consumerism?
Chapter 9: Stubborn Pride and Ingratitude
Chapter 10: Marriage and Envy and School Shootings
Chapter 11: Entitlement, Disrespect and the Pride of Self-pity
Chapter 12: Disrespect, Bullying, Sadism and Feminism
Chapter 13: Is Liberalism to Blame?
Chapter 14: The Breakdown of the Traditional Family
Chapter 15: Natural Laws of Human Flourishing
Chapter 16: Founding Principles for a Healthy Nation
Chapter 17: Political and Cultural Reinforcement of Envy and Entitlement
Chapter 18: Identity Politics
Chapter 19: Is There Any Hope?
Chapter 20: Concluding Thoughts

Introduction

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In light of the unending wave of school and mass shootings, many are asking how we got here. What fuels this level of toxicity and hopelessness? What has gone wrong with our country?

Every age carries a distinct spirit, or zeitgeist with it. This is inescapable. Moods, attitudes, and belief systems in whatever form, influence the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of human nature. We can easily become infected by the spirit of the times, especially at an early age, and it can radically influence our understanding of life and reality for better or worse.

What I want to argue in this book is that a psychological crisis and social contagion have been unwittingly created that is wreaking havoc on the minds of today’s young people and American society from within. As a Christian, a nonreligious reader will find that I am somewhat biased in my understanding of right and wrong; and that my values do not necessarily align with theirs. Nevertheless, I ask that you judge the merits of the conclusions from the shared common ground truths of human behavior and human flourishing.

It may also appear that I am trying to advance a political agenda by blaming today’s social (or modern) liberalism for the problems this country now faces. This cannot be helped. It is simply not possible to ignore the cultural changes that have occurred over the past fifty-plus years, especially since the sexual revolution, and pretend they have played no role.

While it’s true that liberals, conservatives, and Christians alike are all participating in the present chaos, today’s problems nevertheless find their origin in the political and moral philosophy known as social liberalism. All have been affected by this belief system and its unrestrained and uninhibited approach to life. That said, I want to show how this problem can be attributed to three primary causes:

1) the psychological effects of today’s passive childrearing practices (producing low self-worth, insecurity, depression, self-doubt, anger, envious resentment, self-loathing, entitlement, vindictive behavior, and same-sex attraction). Kids today are hurting on a much deeper level than anything seen in recent generations. They are also more unbridled than ever and likely to act upon distorted emotional urges and impulses.

2) the breakdown of the traditional family structure which produces these same psychological effects only worse. This has been accomplished primarily by extending sexual permissiveness throughout society, which has produced countless fatherless and dysfunctional homes. The majority of mass shooters and other violent offenders come from these environments.

3) the uncivilized means by which we bring about change in society (radical politics). This third element is what brings it all together. It is also a product of the first two. As most are aware, the spiritual seekers of the sixties (hippies) that brought us the sexual revolution (along with the advent of the pill and other effective birth control methods) were predominantly the children of gross neglect. This revolution is where today’s social liberalism rapidly gained its influence within the cultural and political spheres.

We now live in a politically charged world of endless entitlement and victimization; anything upsetting, unfulfilling, or considered disenfranchising or oppressive is to be laid at the feet of society and the cultures that are produced—everything is society’s fault. With an evolutionary understanding of life and reality, retaliation is not only expected it is culturally applauded—society must evolve—people must change.This cultural conditioning has become the necessary catalyst for murder and suicide. It not only sets the expectation but practically grants permission.

This is the message today’s young people are taught every day of their lives. It not only explains the source of the psychological problems they now face (lack of meaning, anger, self-loathing, depression, anxiety, purpose, identity, same-sex attraction, etc.) but also allows them to assign blame and exact vengeance on society for them.

Can this situation be reversed or are we doomed to a path of certain destruction? Although many remain hopeful, the willingness of those convinced of their oppression and victimization to make the required sacrifices is difficult to see. Especially when so many of these incensed personality types would be more than happy to destroy the entire nation in a fit of rage. It’s even harder to see power-hungry politicians surrendering their control over these people. Many are simply exploiting the hurting young people they claim to be trying to help. As outrages continue to develop, it would appear that things can only get worse.

The Missing Structural Necessity of Today’s Child Development

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One of the areas most unintentionally effected by today’s modern thinking is childrearing. To understand the psychological effects of today’s new methods (including intensive parenting and fatherlessness) it is important first to understand the much-needed development of self-esteem, or self-definition, in the life of a child. This essential development is at the heart of today’s challenges. I don’t believe social liberalism would have the influence it does today, without the morbid psychological manifestations that undergird its ethical views.

Before you change the channel, please understand that this necessary structural development and the idea of ‘self-esteem’ itself, is grossly misunderstood today. For example, Jordan Peterson, a popular self-help psychologist and YouTube personality has proclaimed to the world that self-esteem doesn’t exist. He says it is merely a descriptive word and not an empirical phenomenon. In other words, it contains no workable means by which self-worth can be developed in the life of a child. He is correct, however, when he cites the futility of the public school system’s attempts at employing various methods to increase self-esteem. Most of these methods amount to little else than patronization (gaslighting), only making things worse.

It is important to understand that this crucial structural development primarily takes place within the home at a very early age. It has been estimated that eighty-five percent of a person’s adult personality has already been formed by age six. In its simplest form, self-esteem is the product of what we see reflected in the eyes of others. If parents, siblings, and others display love, affection, warmth, responsiveness, respect, and desirability, children will see themselves as possessing value. If instead, they see disinterest, disappointment, and lack of respect, they will not.

If for years a child is deprived, neglected, and disrespected they will see themselves as possessing little value, even worthless and unwanted. Depression, despair, and false guilt inevitably ensue. This process begins at the earliest stages of development; infants who were never touched or held have been known to die in their infancy—the same principle. Dr. James Dobson, in his book Hide or Seek? How to Build Self-Esteem in a Child’s Life, references an extensive and long-forgotten study involving 1,738 middle-class boys by Stanley Coopersmith (associate professor of psychology at the University of California).

This study began during the preadolescent period and followed them to young adulthood. After comparing their homes and influences, he found three characteristics that distinguished the boys having high self-esteem from those having low self-esteem. One of the surprising discoveries was the role that discipline, enforced rules, and defined limits played in their development:

“1) The high self-esteem children were clearly more loved and appreciated at home than were the low self-esteem boys. 2) The high self-esteem group came from homes where parents had been significantly more strict in their approach to discipline. By contrast, the parents of the low self-esteem group had created insecurity and dependence by their permissiveness. Their children were more likely to feel that the reason the rules were not enforced was because no one cared enough to get involved. Furthermore, the most successful and independent young men during the latter period of the study were found to have come from homes that demanded the strictest accountability and responsibility. And as could have been predicted, the family ties remained the strongest, not only in the wishy-washy homes, but in the homes where discipline and self-control had been a way of life. 3) The homes of the high self-esteem group were also characterized by democracy and openness. Once the boundaries for behavior were established, there was freedom for individual personalities to grow and develop. The boys could express themselves without fear of ridicule, and the overall atmosphere was marked by acceptance and emotional safety.”

Stanley Coopersmith, from his book The Antecedents of Self-Esteem, concludes, “. . . Thus it appears that permissiveness is negatively related to feelings of personal worth or, to state it in reverse, greater strictness is associated with greater self-esteem.” He also notes that the nature and enforcement of the limits and rules must be reasonable, rational, and appropriate to the age of the child. They cannot be arbitrary and inflexible. He also found that parents of those with high self-esteem were more accepting of their children, allowed freedom of individual expression, and were more attentive to their overall development.

Of course, it’s not hard to see how love and acceptance and freedom of individual expression could produce healthier children, but the real question is why rules and well-defined limits play such a significant role in child development. Why is this so important? The answer becomes clear when you consider that self-esteem is the product of what we see reflected in the eyes of others. A child will see themselves as having value when they see that their parents are attentive to their growth and development. An imposed structure carries love and concern. But when rules are not enforced, and limits are not set, children are left with feelings of insecurity and dependence. Why am I not cared for? Judging from what is reflected in the eyes of others, they see themselves as having little value. This is also related to authority and respect. When open defiance and disrespect toward legitimate authority is mostly overlooked or ignored by parents it carries the same message. Not only does this destroy the authority structure necessary for the development of self-worth but also an ordered society. This is why disrespect and open defiance should always be received with nonacceptance and failure. This includes spankings.

We live in a fallen world and it cannot be denied that much abuse has been perpetrated in the name of corporal punishment. Children should not be punished for simply being children, or so that parents might vent their frustrations. However, spanking, or paddling, is not barbaric or abusive, nor leads to future violence or criminal behavior when done for the right reasons. In fact, just the opposite. Parents should understand that spankings become necessary to a child’s overall development when they display open defiance to established rules. Permissive parents who don’t see this necessity don’t understand the importance of this imposed structure and what it communicates. A passive home environment is simply not capable of producing healthy children or even a functioning society. As you can imagine, these enforced rules and defined limits play an important role that extends well beyond the home.

As Stanley Coopersmith continues, “In sum, imposition of limits serves to define the expectations of others, the norms of the group, and the point at which deviation from them is likely to evoke positive action; enforcement of limits gives the child a sense that norms are real and significant, contributes to self-definition, and increases the likelihood that the child will believe that a sense of reality is achievable.” Elsewhere he speaks of how “[T]he limits serve to define the social geography by delineating areas of safety and hazards, by indicating means of attaining goals, and by pointing out the landmarks that others use to judge success and failure,” and how this “endows such behavior with a sense of meaning and purpose.”

Young adults who were raised in such an environment begin to develop themselves at an early age. By the time they are ready to leave the nest, they are not only equipped with a healthy inner constitution but are ready to apprehend a meaningful and fulfilling life. Goals appear attainable. They possess self-confidence, ambition, and motivation. They also have the implied understanding that life itself must have objective meaning and purpose because of this imposed structure. In the mind of a child, even if the particulars are never set forth, there must be a grand scheme of things. Otherwise, why would an imposed structure exist at all; and why would conformity to this structure be so important?

This also explains why first-borns are almost always more content and successful in life (however defined) and have a much higher self-esteem than their siblings. Parents are simply more demanding and attentive to their development. Research has shown that parents tend to become more passive after every child thereafter. It’s not by coincidence that nearly all NASA astronauts are first-borns.

When we take these things into consideration, the development of self-esteem, or self-definition, involves much more than just thinking highly of oneself, or self-love. It encompasses a necessary structural framework that not only provides self-confidence, emotional stability, and a sense of value but also supplies our conscious awareness with meaning and purpose and even informs and affirms our identity as natural products.

An interesting side note about these studies is that the typical reasons most would suspect for low self-worth, such as physical attractiveness, or height, were of no real consequence. In addition, self-esteem was found to be only weakly related to academic performance or social status. Even the weight that most would place upon the relationship between self-worth and material wealth, education, or achievements, although significant, was found to be mostly limited. The strongest relational connection to self-esteem (by far) was to the child’s immediate, effective interpersonal environment.

Necessary Cognitive Development

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Think of child development in this way: any meaning or purpose in life that animals and insects are capable of perceiving is derived primarily through their instincts. These instincts provide the imposed structure that defines them. But a human being is much different. This is where today’s childrearing goes off the rails. Yes, we have instincts and behaviors that are hardwired, but we are not merely animals, or insects, to be left to our own impulses and devices. We are a completely different kind of creature. Among other things, we have the ability to contemplate our own existence. This is a very advanced intellectual capacity that operates much differently than base instinct. Base instincts exist as inborn inclinations and do not require learning. Although an animal can learn to become a better hunter through experience, the instinct to hunt is inborn and does not require a learning process.

However, the advanced conscious awareness of a human being merits the necessity of an imposed structure that must be applied and apprehended through our cognitive faculties. This formation is brought to bear by parental investment. Without this necessary structure, we become nothing more than needy potted plants and identity mongers. When we contemplate our existence, there is no defining groundwork by which to form ideas about ourselves or even life itself; and our natural inborn instincts (sensus divinitatis, moral law, etc.) won’t carry us much further when suppressed by this absence. When our natural God-given instincts are not consciously reinforced by parental investment, we are effectually stripped of our very humanity.

Intensive Parenting

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At this point, some might argue that helicopter parenting, or snowplow parenting, might be a valid approach to a better outcome. Why not simply be there all the time? But this is far from the case. If you’re unfamiliar with these labels, helicopter parenting refers to controlling, overprotective parents who make all the decisions for their children, giving them no voice. The more recent version, known as snowplow parenting (also called lawn-mowing, or bulldozing) attempts to remove all obstacles from the child’s, or young adult’s path, that might lead to frustration, failure, or lost opportunities (hence, snowplow).

The former, helicopter parenting, amounts to little else than a welfare program that destroys all motivation and human dignity. It is dehumanizing and children are left mostly unable to function outside this cocoon. When deciding whom to marry, what career path to choose, or even where to live, they are unequipped to make decisions, or overcome obstacles, outside the dependent, or interdependent, relationship the parents have created. Although snowplow parenting doesn’t sound quite as bad, neither of these methods allows for the development of independence or self-definition. As far as self-esteem, these developing young people are given no foundational means by which to measure their personal successes or failures. They develop little or no sense of an achievable reality. Instead, they are led to believe they are incapable of overcoming life’s challenges or thinking for themselves. It is a constant message of incompetence and rejection.

What is ironic about these parenting models is that they attempt to eliminate all hardship and struggle in life by ensuring success. But this is far from what is produced. Instead, most are left just as incapable, insecure, and depressed as their neglected and abused counterparts. This is why an emerging butterfly should never be helped out of its cocoon. It needs the “imposed struggle” to grow strong, or it will die.

All told, whether through purposed passivity or some form of intensive parenting, the problems the new parenting model(s) have produced are undeniable. We are now witnessing an unprecedented wave of teenage anxiety, depression, and suicide. Many see their past and future as being empty and hopeless. Some even require psychotropic medication to compensate for what neglectful and dehumanizing parents never provided.

The Origin of Today’s Childrearing Practices

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As we have seen, today’s childrearing practices are grossly passive and far removed from anything that would produce a healthy outcome. According to liberal thinking, past ways of child-rearing should be regarded as outdated, barbaric, and abusive; nothing more than oppressive cultural inventions that need to be eradicated from our thinking. As far as origin is concerned, today’s parenting parallels the restraints on behavior that were removed during the sexual revolution. Which also produced many divorces and fatherless homes that also served to worsen the problems created by this new parenting philosophy.

As strange as it may sound, during the sixties, the sexual revolution was considered morally good. If anything was unnecessarily restrictive it was seen as an archaic, psychologically destructive cultural taboo that hinders mankind’s natural evolutionary development. Why should we be mired by ancient religious beliefs, or even outmoded humanistic philosophies, especially when they are so restraining of our natural impulses? Instead, things should be allowed to proceed in their own course of natural development without any imposed structural interference.

This was likewise applied to childrearing. Children should be free to explore and in effect raise themselves according to whatever comes naturally to them. The discipline of structural imposition was seen as oppressive, counterproductive, and psychologically damaging. I like this quote from James Dobson, “The advocates of this laissez-faire philosophy would recommend that a child be allowed to fail in school if he chooses—or maintain his bedroom like the proverbial pigpen—or let his puppy go hungry. . .. Children thrive best in an atmosphere of genuine love, undergirded by reasonable, consistent discipline. . .. Permissiveness has not been a failure; it has been a disaster!”

As this oppression relief ideology has made its way into every area of life, what is amazing to see is the amount of denial that must take place (especially within the psychological community) as to what is happening to today’s young people. We will look at these effects over the next few sections.

Self-pity, Escapism, Loneliness and Same-Sex Attraction

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As you can imagine, because many of today’s kids are left to raise themselves, they are left with debilitating self-esteem problems and are ill-equipped to meet the challenges of adult life. They see little possibility for success or happiness and are mostly insecure, anxious, depressed, and needy. They are the kind of kids that sit alone in their rooms (or daycare), wondering why their parents are rarely involved in their lives or seem to care about them (or their behavior) at all.

As might be expected, this melancholic state of mind produces the kind of negligence and indifference that would rather withdraw into self-pity than face life’s challenges. This has much to do with the “perpetual adolescence,” or “failure to launch,” that is presently reported among males between the ages of 25 and 30. With no imposed structure, they remain mostly sad, unmotivated children who never grew up.

To redirect or numb their discouraging thoughts, one of the more prevalent characteristics among these people is that they must always have something turned on: radio, television, news, video games, sports, fiction novels, Facebook, Twitter, etc., (some cannot even sleep without a television remaining on the entire night). This can also include an overt preoccupation with movie stars and other celebrities, even developing obsessions. Of course, if they were to ever meet these people and become part of their lives, the brooding resentments of envy would quickly replace their infatuations.

In addition, and as counterintuitive as it may sound, this escapism can include some of the most impressive go-getters of society. Don’t let a workaholic fool you, or even a straight ‘A’ student—the withdrawal, negligence, and self-pity are merely cloaked by their apparent success and productivity. In the formidable years of life, anyone can be made to believe they are ultimately worthless—regardless of how intelligent or beautiful or even how successful they may one day become.

Many psychologists also believe this to be responsible for today’s loneliness epidemic. Those with unfulfilled needs of parental involvement feel orphaned throughout most of their lives. Even when surrounded by friends and family, feelings of loneliness and the constant need for social and emotional connectedness persist, leaving them simultaneously alienated and anxious.

These unfulfilled needs and the lack of affirmation and belonging they carry can also create yearnings for same-sex intimacy (especially when accompanied by other types of abuse). Reported bisexuality, especially among young women (25 and younger) is at an all-time high. Sexual and gender identity for either sex can likewise become elusive within this environment. It has also been reported that this ever-growing problem is becoming a significant factor in the continuing birth rate decline.

Social Media and Safe Spaces

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Of course, having constant needs for social and emotional connectedness calls to mind today’s social media platforms, especially Facebook. Recent studies have shown that spending time on social media is not as bad as previously reported. It may be true that its creators are “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology,” as Sean Parker admits, but the occasional dopamine hit through likes and comments isn’t going to destroy anyone’s psyche. In fact, “a social-validation feedback loop” isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you think about it. As we just saw, the development of a healthy self-esteem includes such validations from parents and others. It is through an imposed structure do we develop not only a sense of value but also come to understand how goals are achieved and personal happiness is realized.

Raised properly, young people who spend a moderate amount of time on social media are developing these capacities in the same way that any other social interaction would provide. However, those who spend an excessive amount of time on these platforms are revealing a serious problem with today’s parenting. Facebook makes a lousy surrogate for neglected, abused, introverted, and lonely kids. Dopamine can also play a strong role in addiction. It encourages repeat behavior and over time has been shown by some scientists to physically change the structure of the brain.

This also explains why psychologists are continually finding closer connections between social media and the increase in depression, anxiety, and suicide among teenage girls. That parents are more passive and less demanding of their girls is nothing new. And neither is there a short supply of women throughout society with debilitating self-esteem problems. For many, social media not only becomes addictive but also serves to exacerbate these problems through social isolation and an unrelenting bombardment of social comparisons they cannot possibly compete with (Facebook theatre). This is to say nothing of the shunning and bullying that now takes place in an ever-growing disrespectful world where it is perfectly acceptable to take your frustrations out on others (entitlement mentality).

Whether boys or girls, parents should feel a sense of failure in the same way as if their children grew up to become addicted to drugs or p*rnography—as many with self-esteem problems presently are (The current opioid epidemic should suffice, the motivation is all about low self-worth, and the suicide rate among p*rn stars, and others addicted to this compensating remedy is amazing).

This brings up yet another problem facing today’s young people. Those carrying such negative assessments of themselves not only see themselves as worthless and incapable, but as a natural byproduct are also hypersensitive to all criticism. Everything is hurtful and condemning. This hypersensitivity also produces a distorted sense of empathy toward others and is the reason why those raised in such neglectful environments see spankings and imposed discipline as barbaric and psychologically destructive (creating a self-perpetuating psychological monster).

This is also why we now see college campuses equipped with non-judgmental safe spaces, complete with coloring books, Play-Doh, and even animals to cuddle with. Likewise, schools such as Harvard University are now in the practice of giving students A’s or B’s, when they have earned only C’s and D’s; other schools are trying to eliminate grading altogether. Nearly all have stopped using red ink to grade homework and test papers for fear of hurt feelings. We see this shielding necessity throughout the culture as well. Little leaguers, along with other competitors, are now all given some kind of trophy or ribbon regardless of how well they played. These are just a few of the methods that schools and other organizations are now using to create self-esteem. Unfortunately, most of this amounts to little else than patronization (or gaslighting) and only makes a bad situation worse. These practices are also reinforced by the latest pop-psychology that tells parents to never spank their children, or impose any kind of strict accountability on them, for the same reasons. This advice unwittingly creates the very problem it now must remedy—and for generations to come.

In the past, young people could rely on their inward stability to protect and uphold them through their failures, or the attacks of hurtful people (including bullies), or viewpoints they disagreed with (or even a pandemic). But this is no longer the case. This quote from Virginia Woolf says it all, “Without self-confidence, we are as babes in the cradle.”

Anger, Pride, Envy and Vengeance

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Low self-esteem also has a very morose and angry side. The most socially destructive components of low self-worth are that of pride and envy. This requires some clarification. Low self-esteem manifestations can be varied and complicated depending on a person’s specific upbringing and life experiences. There are distinctions that psychologists make between stable and unstable forms of self-esteem, with unstable forms eliciting stronger reactions to ego threats. Other distinctions include, “trait self-esteem” (lifelong perception) and “state self-esteem instability” (fluctuating perceptions). Those with low self-worth in either of these categories can produce reactions that are either benign or malicious depending on various factors. Without becoming hopelessly entangled in a thousand qualifications, what I want to cover in this section are the common destructive manifestations of low self-esteem that are likely experienced by those having neglectful and/or abusive upbringings (whether physical or psychological).

Let’s begin with envy. As far as mass shootings are concerned, this has proven to be the prime motivator. Envy is best described as a seething, resentful feeling toward others for the possessions, positions, advantages, relationships, or whatever else somebody enjoys that we do not. Envious people are fundamentally angry people who are full of pride, self-pity, and contempt for others. They live in a state of morbid introspection and self-doubt (or self-loathing) as they constantly compare themselves with everyone around them. Through these never-ending comparisons, they can quickly come to despise those considered fortunate or privileged for their possessions, good looks, abilities, status or overall lack of stress and anxiety. They are easily incensed by those that appear to come from a better place. The emotionally healthy are often perceived as arrogant, assuming, or presumptuously ambitious and needing to be cut down to size. Those who tend to draw attention, in one way or another, are viewed as purposely and vainly creating it for themselves; even deliberately trying to put a spotlight on the hopeless condition of others by besting them. This suspicion of rivalry has a lot to do with why those with self-esteem problems see aggressive behavior, dubiousness, attacking innuendo, and pretentiousness under every rock. They read into the words and behavior of others things that do not exist.

Of course, this paranoia is really nothing more than a malicious struggle with their pride and ego. They seek tooth and nail to recover from what is generally perceived as attacks on their self-respect and dignity; even seeking to exact vengeance from people who have done nothing to them and mean them no ill-will. Likewise, due to the ease by which they are threatened, many can also respond very defensively to people, or be in a constant state of disagreement, even when situations don’t warrant it. There always seems to be a hint of disproportionate sarcasm, accusation, or even scornful advice in every response (invalidation and disrespect). These invalidating defense mechanisms also serve to create justification for envious hostility by assigning a contemptible personality to those they feel threatened by. This maliciously puts others in their rightful place, while at the same time appeasing their insecurities and fearful need for damage control. I like this quote from Arthur Zimmerman: “Incivility is the extreme of pride: it is built on the contempt of mankind.”

Consumerism

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This rivaling and constant comparison with others is also what drives today’s consumerism. Research has shown that materialism is primarily fueled by insecurity and low self-worth. Those who continually doubt themselves tend to be more materialistic.

Since self-esteem is the product of what we see reflected in the eyes of others, and since this was not favorably developed early in life, those with self-esteem problems frequently pursue the external validation and praise of others. Trying to fill the emptiness they tend to purchase things they believe others will admire. Ohio State University psychology professors Robert Arkin and LinChiat Chang, found that “self-doubters evaluate themselves from the perspective of others . . . So, the pleasure one of them would take from having a possession might not be defined so much by how much they enjoy it, but by how much others covet it.” “. . . those provoked to feel doubt about who they are, or about the meaning of existence in society, will invest themselves more in things, . . .”

This also goes a long way in explaining the copycat phenomenon among school shooters (attention, fame, and power). There’s an old saying in marketing that “people don’t buy products; they buy better versions of themselves.”

Stubborn Pride and Ingratitude

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Another defining characteristic among these people is their obstinate unwillingness to ever admit to a fault. Many would rather eat rat poison than utter the words “I’m sorry,” or “I was wrong.” Through pride and arrogance, along with the hypersensitivity to criticism and reproach they feel, they are utterly indignant to be placed in a position of humbled repentance. The same can be said about saying, “Thank you.” They simply cannot tolerate a humbled state of beholdenness or gratitude. This can also include the blessings of God. This quote by Margaret Ashmore says it all, “Gratitude awakens the soul to the sweetness of being tethered to God and humanity. A refusal to be “beholden” breaks all ties whereby the soul drifts into isolation with the ever-intensifying sense of entitlement and rancorous pride. Ungrateful people will not be bound by such a debt. They care infinitely more what is owed them.” —from, Gratitude: The Language of Heaven, posted on the Association of Biblical Counselors blog.

Marriage and Envy and School Shootings

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As might be expected, the relationships of many (not all) with self-esteem problems tend to be all take and no give—subservient and dependent or not at all—I don’t need you! You need me!

A lot of psychologists and marriage counselors are also beginning to pay envy a lot more attention as well. They are finding that typical complaints from married couples, such as sexual problems, communication, trust issues, or money problems, are not really where the root of the problem lies. Many of these complaints are merely smoke screens, or likely manifestations, of envious resentment. Some have even reported that nine out of ten marriages counseled that had eventually ended in divorce was primarily due to the envious resentment of one of the partners, and the old adage that it takes two to tango is usually never the case—it just takes one—one to become envious.

As previously noted, envy has also proven to be the prime motivator behind school shootings. In a Psychology Today article by Peter Langman (a known expert on school shooters), entitled, Murderous Envy: What is the role of envy in school shootings? he says, “Many people have assumed that school shooters target peers who have picked on them. This is rarely the case. Few shooters kill anyone who has harassed them. Rather, as noted with the examples cited above, shooters are more likely driven by envy than by revenge.”

He cites these examples: “‘At Columbine High School, Dylan Klebold envied the social successes of the school's athletes. In his journal, he wrote, "I see jocks having fun, friends, women." In another entry, he wrote, "I hated the happiness that they [jocks] have." In contrast, he wrote about himself as being so different from everyone else that he seemed to believe he was not truly human or capable of functioning like a human being.”’

“‘At Virginia Tech, Seung Hui Cho criticized people as stuck-up hedonists. He stated, "Your Mercedes wasn't enough, you brats. Your golden necklaces weren't enough, you snobs." Despite this hostility, Cho wished he could join them: "Oh the happiness I could have had mingling among you hedonists, being counted as one of you." It seems that his antipathy toward them was driven by his inability to be included among them.”’

Langman cites several others leaving little room for doubt. Of course, I take issue when he separates envy from revenge. School shooters are merely exacting vengeance for different reasons. It’s still revenge whether directed against those envied, or the social conventions believed responsible (society), or even the providential inequality of God. Someone must pay!

Entitlement, Disrespect, and the Pride of Self-pity

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When a person feels no inherent self-worth—and through constant comparison sees what others enjoy that they do not—it is similar to a child born in abject poverty. Even if they’re far from going hungry, they will still question why they have so little. Why do others seem content, while I am so lonely, restless, and dissatisfied? Why does everyone else have a meaningful life, when I have nothing? They can’t help but feel deprived or even robbed as if their lives demonstrated a great tragedy and injustice. As their frustrations grow, so does their contempt for others who appear to come from a better place.

Inevitably, through this contempt, the pride of self-pity desires not only to be recognized for this pain and suffering but also comes to expect and even insist upon compensating allowances as well. This entitlement mentality now floods our culture like the plague. Of course, like before, adopting an attitude of owed compensation also serves to justify envious resentments by assigning a contemptible personality to those who should be put in their place. This is yet another reason why so many young people are so unreservedly disrespectful these days. Venomous attacks are simply owed. What is sad is that much of this disrespect goes unchecked throughout society because most have bought into this recriminating idea (blame-shifting). It is fostered through the sentiment that we should be sensitive and sympathetic to the less fortunate. If we would be mature and loving then we should be willing to take the higher road, or be the bigger person, and simply ignore these irate people. In fact, in today’s culture if you protest someone’s disrespectful behavior or speech, somehow “you” are the one with the real problem. “You” are the one that needs straightening out. Why are you so petty? Why can’t you overlook these faults? So what if they hate you for no legitimate reason? So what if their speech and behavior are morally atrocious? After all, doesn’t society as a collective whole share responsibility for their condition?

This idea is also reinforced by the maxim that all limiting restraints are oppressive. Everyone is now free to vent, especially for the sake of their frustrations, seething resentments, and self-invented rivalries. Although no one should take issue with every offense that comes along, this recriminating mandate is one of the most destructive forces in society. It serves not only to encourage more disrespectful speech and behavior but also to undermine the necessary authority structures for a functioning society. In the name of elitism and misplaced sympathy it grants permission for almost anything. Some of the most disrespectful and unconscionable behavior imaginable is now overlooked and considered perfectly acceptable. This includes the open disrespect of children toward their parents and vice-versa. It should go without saying, that young people can only be respectful of others, and understand its structural value when they first learn it from home. When laws must be passed that require children to be respectful of their teachers by using their courtesy titles, we have truly come a long way.

Disrespect, Bullying, Sadism, and Feminism

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This disrespect and open contempt for others can also be seen in a variety of other ways throughout society and culture as well; such as sad*stically taking pleasure in the misfortunes of others, or publicly exposing, slandering, outing, harassing, shaming, humiliating, or exploiting people. The internet has empowered many vengeful and ruthless people. A recent report revealed that bullying in schools, despite anti-bullying efforts, has not really declined much, but has only changed forms. According to these statistics, seventy percent of all teenagers have experienced some form of harassment or cyber-bullying.

This viciousness and desire to humiliate also explains the popularity of exploitive and degrading talk shows such as Jerry Springer, or Howard Stern, along with a thriving market in our culture for p*rnographic materials that feature amputees and the disfigured (sadism). The same can also be said of many tabloids and reality shows. And for the truly exploitive, Faces of Death-type videos have acquired many satisfied customers (I’ve read where some even masturbat* while watching). Likewise, according to a New York Times article, The Internet’s Endless Appetite for Death Video, in 2019 Redditt banned a community called WatchPeopleDie, that had over 400 thousand subscribers.

(As an interesting and totally repulsive side note, I also discovered that this behavior has even come to include the everyday housewife who delays or refuses altogether, to give comfort to their crying babies. The longer they cry, the more sad*stically gratifying it is.)

This justified aggression can also be seen by those owning large and dangerous power dogs. Again, and much like the adoption of conceit or arrogance, this compensates for perceived inadequacies and satiates seething desires to exact vengeance. This cultural vandalism also includes tattoos, body piercings, shameless dress, graffiti, shaved heads, hate groups, fight clubs, vicious Rap music, women’s kickboxing, Harley Davidson motorcycles, profane and vulgar bumper stickers, violent video games, dog fights and Hollywood’s obsession with liberal politics and rewriting various histories. Ever wonder how Zombie movies became so popular? Could it be that most of this country has become a society of mindless flesh-eaters? Nothing more than the walking dead, unleashing a sick psychological need for vengeance for reasons we would rather have left unexplained?

Many of these personality types are also likely to take their frustrations out on others with physical violence. This is one of the reasons there have been so many severely beaten homeless people, along with gays and transgendered. Some have even died, having done nothing to their assailants. This can also include cops that shoot the mentally ill (or homeless) (or blacks), or beat them half to death for no legitimate reason. We are all now free to ventilate in whatever way seems just and owed to us.

I have a friend who is homeless and mentally ill. He used to hang out in front of the public library until one day a man got out of his car and took a shot at him. The man was incensed by the homeless man’s very existence. He furiously got out of his car and began yelling obscenities at him, saying things like, “. . . if you were to die right now, no one would give a sh**!” “No one can stand you!” “You are a worthless, good-for-nothing, piece of fu***** garbage!” He then shot at him. Fortunately, he missed, got back in his car and drove away.

What’s amazing is that neither had ever met. And the homeless man had never given him any reason that would provoke such a response. I later asked him why he thought this guy was so mad. He said he had no idea, he had never even seen him before at the library, and that he sounded like an enraged jealous person. Imagine that.

Today’s feminism (a form or branch of liberalism), and its angered attempts to emasculate every area of society, or put men in their place, can likewise be included in this category. These incensed people consist mostly of neglected or abused women and their sympathizers. Given the vast number of proponents this movement has secured reveals also that young girls are far from being raised properly. As noted earlier, that parents are more passive and less demanding of their girls is nothing new. And neither is there a short supply of women with debilitating self-esteem problems.

Is Liberalism to Blame?

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For the reasons outlined in these sections, today’s social (or modern) liberalism should be seen as one of the most dangerous threats to the well-being of this country ever faced. In the centuries-old pursuit of finding meaning, purpose, and identity without a Creator, this worldview has given birth to an unforeseen psychological monster. This humanistic philosophy is much more than just a misguided but well-intentioned means to a better world; it is also an insidious, self-replicating personality type with no end in sight. As today’s neglectful childrearing practices continue to gain traction, and the divorce rate continues to climb (Update: now declining), those reared in this way will only produce more of the same. If the outworkings of this psychological crisis are allowed to continue, liberal causes and outrages will never end—and neither will the anger, vindictiveness, and bloodlust. The compensating demands will only become more irrational and more destructive: nothing more than pathological impulses with no hope of ever satisfying the emptiness within. Inevitably, anything and everything will be seen as oppressive, and everyone will be an owed victim of something. As the vengeance and chaos continue to escalate, this country (and others) will inevitably reach the tipping point for anarchy and self-destruction. Both school shootings and mass shootings will increase exponentially, along with deaths of despair and every other form of violence and hatred throughout society. We are already seeing this now. A zombie apocalypse is becoming more believable by the hour.

The Breakdown of the Traditional Family

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As you can imagine, the problems set forth in the previous sections are only further compounded by the current divorce rate (40 to 50 percent). As studies have shown, the majority of mass shooters (and school shooters) are from broken, dysfunctional, or abusive homes. Since the sexual revolution, the number of fatherless homes in this country has become staggering: “More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.” —from the fathers.com website

Some of the most eye-opening statistics concerning this crisis were made public in the 2014 documentary film, Irreplaceable. This documentary sought to answer the questions, “What is family?” and "Does ‘family’ still matter in today's society?” According to their statistics, 71 percent of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. Likewise, 71 percent of teenage pregnancies, 85 percent of children with behavior disorders, 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children, 63 percent of youth suicides, and 85 percent of all youth in prison, come from fatherless homes. Keep in mind, this was quite a few years ago.

Those reared in these impoverished environments have the problems associated with low self-esteem further intensified and reinforced, especially shame. Many even share the common traits associated with psychopathy and sociopathy. This is why so many shooters are labeled as psychopaths whether they are or not. With the necessary forming structure for self-worth being further aggravated by an absent parent, the incensed morbidity of self-loathing and envious resentment is exacerbated. As a result, they are more likely to experience suicidal thoughts and act upon these feelings with malevolence and vindictive behavior. As might be expected, this condition becomes even more dangerous when accompanied by other negative life circ*mstances, or traumatic events, such as physical or sexual abuse in the home, peer rejection, parental drug abuse or suicide, romantic rejection, excessive bullying, or conflicts with school teachers. Now you have the makings of a mass shooter. This is especially true in a culture where it has become perfectly acceptable to take your frustrations out on others.

Again, these fatherless and dysfunctional homes are the products of the sexual revolution. This is one of the reasons why extending sexual permissiveness has always led to the breakdown of societies. Institutions such as marriage and family and the fidelity and parental investment required to sustain them, end up taking a back seat to the self-indulgent whims of the individual. What was supposed to bring about liberation and self-fulfillment has brought nothing but isolation, relational brokenness, unfulfilled needs of human intimacy, same-sex attraction, gender/sexual identity problems, and a morally bankrupt society. Some economists are even predicting a progression of economic collapses this country will soon face due to the continuing birth rate decline. One of the lies of the sexual revolution was that “the kids will be fine.” But they are not fine.

Natural Laws of Human Flourishing

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In the lost and mostly forgotten sex study of anthropologist J.D. Unwin, some important discoveries were made concerning sexual behavior and how it relates to human flourishing. His findings demonstrated a direct link between monogamy and what Unwin referred to as the "expansive energy" of civilization (i.e. human flourishing). Psychologist and Christian author James Dobson summarizes this important study:

“Anthropologist J.D. Unwin conducted an exhaustive study of the eighty-eight civilizations which have existed in the history of the world. Each culture has reflected a similar life cycle, beginning with a strict code of sexual conduct and ending with the demand for complete “freedom” to express individual passion. Unwin reports that every society which extended sexual permissiveness to its people was soon to perish. There have been no exceptions.”

It’s important to note that Unwin held no Christian convictions and was not merely imposing a Christian interpretation on his findings. Many scholars were shocked by his discoveries, including himself. He found that societies flourished only during times when they valued sexual fidelity. They would subsequently decline as they became more sexually permissive. They would then rise again as they returned to stricter standards. He concluded, “In human records, there is no instance of a society retaining its energy after a complete new generation has inherited a tradition which does not insist on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial continence.” Again, he found no exceptions.

The reasons for this are not difficult to understand when you consider the basic laws of nature. These laws govern the behavior of all things. Whether we are talking about a plant, an animal, or a human being, it will only function at its optimum when obeying these natural laws. When a society begins to adopt lifestyles and behaviors that violate these principles they are injuring themselves often beyond repair. Without question, children reared within the traditional family structure are far happier and healthier than those who are not. This makes sense when you consider the necessary conditions and the length of time required for a child to develop and become self-sustaining. When compared to animals or insects, which we should not try to emulate, parental investment is clearly a necessity—and both mother and father supply different and essential needs (this is now supported by scientific evidence; single-parent homes, and gay couple homes, produce unbalanced children). It’s not hard to see how extending sexual permissiveness would have the potential of opening a Pandora’s Box of self-gratifying behavior, including abandonment, that would inevitably destabilize the family structure and destroy a healthy society. When self-fulfillment and the happiness of the individual becomes the only meaningful goal in life, it no longer makes sense that a discontent parent should continue to be oppressed by a worldview, or religious doctrine, that tells them to remain with the family.

The adoption of same-sex marriage carries this same potential. Does anyone really need a Bible to tell them that sodomy is an unnatural act; or that the acceptance of hom*osexual unions in society would produce more of these same problems? Granting the right to redefine marriage, or self-determine the structure of one’s family, has only served to further erode the legitimacy of traditional marriage and family. What is amazing is that some of these proponents have actually admitted that this redefining was purposely pursued to destroy these foundational structures. It is also worth noting that since this time we have also seen a rapid increase in pedophilia, child abductions, exhibitionism, and other acts of sexual deviance. These people are simply not as afraid or ashamed to act on their aberrant impulses as they once were.

Founding Principles for a Healthy Nation

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As our culture continues to worsen, many are starting to realize it is not necessary to be a religious person, or hold religious views, to see the necessity of obeying the basic laws of nature. This has a lot to do with why this country initially adopted such strict standards when it came to marriage and fidelity. Because the biblical model was so well aligned with natural principles of human flourishing, even those who did not fully embrace the Christian faith chose to implement many of its restrictions and guidelines (theistic rationalism).

For example, divorce was considered to be in opposition to public interest, and would not be easily granted without a justifiable reason. To violate the marriage contract was to violate the social contract inherent within it. A legally and publicly recognized marriage carries an obligation to society. At one time, those wanting to start families recognized and accepted the weight of this responsibility. The idea that our civil government should recognize and regulate marriage was understood to be a necessity for a successful and healthy nation. When today’s social liberalism seeks to liberate itself from the oppressive past, it is to the injury of all people if this liberation includes the liberation from the natural laws of human flourishing. Destroying our humanity is not liberating, it is suicidal.

Of course, the original intent of law-makers for extending sexual permissiveness, and then redefining marriage and family accordingly, was never to produce a society of abandonment, perversion, whor*dom, and utter chaos. It was designed (at least originally), to provide civil liberties that would make the pursuit of happiness available to all citizens. The nonconformist and the traditionalist could both coexist and define happiness on their own terms. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. You cannot have a united plurality of structural designs when only a strict adherence to one of those designs is capable of producing a healthy society. You can’t have it both ways. For the common good of society, the nonconformist must come to realize there is more to life than personal happiness and self-fulfillment. There is the bigger picture to consider. The futility of these ongoing attempts to restructure society and somehow produce the best of both worlds was also noted in the findings of J.D. Unwin:

“Sometimes a man has been heard to declare that he wishes both to enjoy the advantages of high culture and to abolish compulsory continence. The inherent nature of the human organism, however, seems to be such that these desires are incompatible, even contradictory. The reformer may be likened to the foolish boy who desires both to keep his cake and to consume it. Any human society is free to choose either to display great energy or to enjoy sexual freedom; the evidence is that it cannot do both for more than one generation.” —Sex and Culture, Oxford University Press, 1934

Political and Cultural Reinforcement of Envy and Entitlement

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The eradication of these natural laws is exactly what the sexual revolution brought with it. It is not by coincidence did no-fault divorce and legalized abortion follow in the wake of these newfound freedoms. Again, this has since created countless fatherless children, dysfunctional single-parent homes, and the killing of millions of unborn babies, all for the sake of physical pleasure, self-fulfillment, and oppression relief.

Compared to how it once was, men and women in this country (and others) over the past fifty years have become nothing less than self-gratifying parasites. No discipline, no restraint, no self-control, and little desire to live for anyone other than themselves. The crippling psychological problems their children (and adult children) must now bear to support this so-called happiness is beyond anything this country has ever seen.

How Did We Get Here?

The precursor to most of these radical changes in the United States originated with a set of domestic programs launched during the nineteen sixties. These reforming programs were called The Great Society. Along with civil rights legislation, these initiatives also sought to end poverty. This “War on Poverty” included legislation and reforms that would provide easier access to education, health care, housing, transportation, welfare, etc. While a lot of these efforts can be applauded, they were inevitably pushed too far by liberal politicians and used to advance a socialistic agenda. This helped create the entitlement mentality we see today. As Chuck Colson observed, “The Great Society helped to create an entitlement mentality. Those in unfortunate circ*mstances are told they are victims of larger forces over which they have no control, so they must look to and rely on the government for aid. The entitlement mentality destroys self-respect, motivation, and civic duty.”

I like this quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, “The order of castes is the dominating law of nature… The first caste comprises those who are obviously superior to the masses intellectually; the second includes those whose existence is chiefly muscular; and the third is made up of the mediocre. The third class, very naturally, is the most numerous, but the first is the most powerful… Whom do I hate most among the men of today? The socialist who undermines the workingman’s healthy instincts, who takes from him his feeling of contentedness with his existence, who makes him envious, who teaches him revenge… There is no wrong in unequal rights: it lies in the vain pretension to equal rights.”

Needless to say, this entitlement mentality is now being used to further justify and fuel the resentments of envy in every way conceivable. The latest victims can easily find a sympathetic audience among liberal politicians who will happily come to the rescue of the oppressed and sidelined. Those not on board with these so-called reforms are made out to be bigots, hom*ophobes, misogynists, backward religious hate mongers, and even racists. This is where the pride of self-pity and the attending resentments of envy can gain public legitimacy through the national attention of politicians and candidates. These people can now buy their way into public office by promising egalitarian/social justice, socialistic wealth redistribution, and unregulated sexual freedom.

These promises have become the opiate of the masses. Liberal politicians have become nothing less than drug dealers; they sell vengeance and sexual promiscuity and keep their constituents comfortably numb by catering to their never-ending outrages.

They have also learned there is much to be gained by what social psychologists call the ‘psychology of enemies.’ Having enemies, and creating more enemies, can help fill the empty void. Enemies can provide meaning, purpose, and coherence to an otherwise unsatisfying life. Life is no longer empty and pointless when you have enemies.

Identity Politics

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As far as the continued undermining of the traditional family is concerned, which serves to create more of these broken personality types (which secures more and more votes), today’s social liberalism is no longer content with merely granting no-fault divorce, abortion, normalizing premarital and extramarital sex, and redefining marriage, it now seeks to destroy the very concept of manhood itself. According to today’s identity politics, those who maintain the biological differences between males and females are to be looked upon as oppressors. We are now required to reject these differences to create the proper environment for acceptance.

The only problem is that these differences, along with other natural propensities, carry inherent life-giving necessities that extend beyond biological reproduction. When it comes to child-rearing and producing a healthy society, the governing laws of nature call men to lead and women to nurture. These laws call both to monogamy and parental investment. Without this vital structure—which also helps to provide a sense of affirmation and belonging in the formation of gender and sexual identity—young people inevitably assume that personal identity and meaning in life can only be subjectively determined.

Since the sixties, passive parenting has gained much traction, and the breakdown of the traditional family is at an all-time high. As a result, we are now seeing this psychological crisis grow by leaps and bounds. Today’s young people are now convinced that the only meaning life can offer is that which we impose upon it. Life and reality are seen as a state of unrealized potential or limbo. Previous structured understandings from past generations are looked upon as nothing more than relativistic social constructs or oppressive power structures. Today’s culture continually creates and enforces these ideas and narratives.

(As an interesting aside, many also believe this, “cognitive incongruity,” “the inability to integrate the data of the world into a meaningful schemata, whether in terms of a self-concept, or a predictive model of the environment . . .,” (Seymour Epstein) to be primarily responsible for today’s exponential rise in anxiety disorders among teens. This includes eco-anxiety and climate change anxiety.)

As we have seen, when we undermine or completely ignore the governing principles of nature, it creates catastrophic consequences for all of society. We are only further dooming ourselves by rejecting these biological distinctions. It is interesting to note that those who first coined the phrase “The Sexual Revolution,” were committed anarchists. This psychological environment also accounts for the unprecedented speed by which we are witnessing these cultural changes. But what choice do today’s young people really have? With no imposed structural framework, they simply find no place for themselves in the world.

Is There Any Hope?

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Naturally, the question now becomes, will the nonconformist be forced to make sacrifices for the common good of society? The answer is yes. It does not mean they must be hated and condemned and sent to the Gulag, but it does mean they must make sacrifices if they care about the world they live in. These newfound sexual and identity freedoms should be seen as a clear violation of the no-harm principle (this principle is a liberal contrivance). Anthropologist J.D. Unwin also found this to be true of women within cultures that wished to return to better conditions for human flourishing: “In no case was sexual opportunity reduced to a minimum unless married women, and usually unmarried women also, were compelled to suffer legal and social disadvantages.”

As noted earlier, the willingness of those convinced of their oppression and victimization to make these sacrifices is difficult to see. It’s even harder to see power-hungry politicians surrendering control over these people. Even as things continue to worsen, we still see liberal causes and oppressed victims increasing by the hour. And we still see liberal politicians and judicial elites continue to undermine the Constitution by continually forcing new legislation upon existing laws and protections.

In addition to the problems already mentioned, deaths of despair (drug overdose, alcoholic liver disease, and suicide), are also at an all-time high, but no one seems to mind that much. Many believe this country, and others like it will have to be brought to its begging knees before any real change will take place. It is scary to contemplate what kind of body count that will require; especially when you consider that this ongoing restructuring has become a deeply-rooted way of life for so many, particularly young people who have never known anything else.

For nearly a full generation, our future leaders have become culturally conditioned to satiate the contempt they have for others. And with the wealth, prosperity, and class diversity of a country like the United States (where most mass shootings and school shootings occur), there is plenty to be resentfully envious and aggrieved about; more than anywhere else in the world. As noted earlier, “we now live in a politically charged world of endless entitlement and victimization; anything upsetting, unfulfilling, or considered disenfranchising or oppressive is to be laid at the feet of society and the cultures that are produced—everything is society's fault. With an evolutionary understanding of life and reality, retaliation is not only expected it is culturally applauded—society must evolve—people must change. This cultural conditioning has become the necessary catalyst for murder and suicide. It not only sets the expectation but practically grants permission. This is the message today's young people are taught every day of their lives.”

Concluding Thoughts

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As we have seen, it is through the imposed structure of a loving home life, where rules and limits are defined and enforced, that we come to believe we are of value and that a sense of reality is achievable. This imposed structure also implies that objective meaning and purpose to life must exist somewhere, even if the particulars are never set forth. But when rules and defined limits are not enforced, children not only feel unloved and worthless but any implied meaning and purpose to their lives this structure would have imparted is lost.

Not to keep beating a dead horse, but what the preponderance of evidence has clearly shown is that a sense of value, identity, meaning, and purpose in life can spring forth as a natural consequence of obeying the laws of nature—especially those of parental investment. This would include recognizing the differing and essential roles of mothers and fathers; along with the sexual restraint of a responsible society. If these laws are observed, and children are reared properly, they can lead a stable and fulfilling life. They can equally possess a resilient psychological constitution that will support them through life’s difficult challenges. Definitive answers concerning the existence of a purposeful, creator God may never be fully addressed, but most will nevertheless believe in some kind of overarching purpose to life, even an afterlife. Past generations have always expressed these sentiments with statements like, “everything happens for a reason,” with seemingly no philosophical or religious basis for such an assertion, or “I know that something lies beyond, but I’m not sure what that is.”

This sensus divinitatis (sense of the divine), a term that John Calvin used to describe the innate knowledge of God that all human beings possess is significantly suppressed when we fail to acknowledge the natural laws that undergird this intuitive knowledge. People are left groping at the empty void. This could have very well been the cause of the sexual revolution to begin with. The spiritual seekers (hippies) of the sixties were predominantly the children of gross neglect. I like this quote from Peter Kreeft:

‘“I think a secularist has only one substitute left for God, only one experience in a desacrilized world that still gives him something like the mystical, self-transcending thrill of ecstasy that God designed all souls to have forever, and to long for until they have it. Unless he is a surfer, that experience has to be sex. We’re designed for more than happiness; we’re designed for joy. Aquinas writes, with simple logic, “Man cannot live without joy. That is why one deprived of true spiritual joys must spill over to carnal pleasures.”’

As noted earlier, what prevents these natural laws from being observed is that modern thinking is mostly evolutionary and believes that our adherence to the laws of nature is subject to evolutionary processes as well. In fact, most believe we have evolved past nature and are no longer attached at all. We are now deciding for ourselves what “we” want. This also means that what was once considered immoral in the past, might now be perfectly acceptable if it’s what we now want. As noted earlier, the sexual revolution was once considered morally good. It was adopted to improve the well-being of our fellow humans without destroying the surrounding environment. Obviously, this can no longer be claimed. How much more proof do we need? How much more misery and chaos (or dead bodies) do we need to see? The numbers are climbing exponentially with no indication of decline. According to Everytown Research, “. . . Between 2009 and 2020, 1,363 people in the United States were killed and 947 more were wounded in 240 mass shootings [where four or more people are shot and killed, excluding the shooter], an average of 20 shootings each year [61 percent occurred entirely in the home]. Among the casualties were at least 362 children and teens killed as well as 21 law enforcement officers killed and 35 wounded. These numbers are staggering, yet they represent just a small portion of the lives forever changed after a mass shooting shakes a community with terror and grief.”

In conclusion, this quote from G.K. Chesterton says it all: “This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.”

THE END

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