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Friday, February 8, 2013
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Young people today think they are part of a NEW revolution as they redefine the institution of marriage and even toy around with the definition of love.  But, they are sadly mistaken and in for a rude awakening, because there really is nothing new under the sun.
 
This might be a shock to you, but the 1960's radicals who challenged the norms of our society didn’t have any original thoughts.  Every concept they promoted, all the mores they challenged, and every institution they resisted, had been similarly opposed in other societies in generations and civilizations long gone.
 
The most important thing you need to understand is that all the previously great civilizations who also redefined marriage, opted for divorce in groves, chose to be childless- they did all these things as their civilization was in a state of decline!  They were not progressing or evolving.  They were disintegrating!  And, so is America.
 
There are three types of family structures that last and only three!  There is the tribal/clan structure.  The civilizations who use this structure are somewhat stable but they are always primordial.  That is, they never become great because the individual in the society is never allowed to pursue individual goals based upon individual talents.  The needs of the tribe subsume the vision and talents of the individual.
 
The strongest and most successful civilizations were built upon the foundation of the nuclear family.  One man and one woman sharing their distinct, combined talents to raise their children in a stable home with the freedom and support necessary to realize and fulfill dreams and potential.  The nuclear family has the support of extended family but is not defined or confined by the same.
 
The third type of family structure is not a family at all.  It is the individual living for him or herself.  The overwhelming success of the nuclear family type civilization ends up allowing succeeding generations to eschew the values, instincts, and traditions that made the civilization great in the first place! 
 
Previously, in the Greek and Roman empires, and in Europe and America today, the devolution of marriage is the indicator that we are in a state of decline because the nuclear family is the building block and foundation of a successful civil society.  The familial and societal indicators of decline across thousands of years are always the same.  Increased divorce rates, redefined marriage, and childless unions. 
 
It is not complicated really.  Societies comprised of families that don’t or can’t biologically produce kids cannot sustain their existence.  Birth rates really do matter.  Kids brought up in broken families tend to not value marriage because they have been a victim of a failed union and their lack of interest in the same discourages them from getting married and having children of their own.
 
Compare and contrast what we refer to as the Greatest Generation in America to young people today.  The Greatest Generation were the children of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War Two.  They knew how to tolerate hardship, live sacrificially and within their means, and they valued freedom, family and country above personal comfort, safety and convenience.
           
Today’s generation has not needed to know the meaning of sacrifice, commitment and perseverance.  Our society is so wealthy and so relatively secure, we have raised children whose primary characteristics are narcissism and hedonism.   The individual is all that matters.  But, individuals do not comprise or build great societies or sustain advancing civilizations, families do.
 
Andy Caldwell is the Executive Director of COLAB and the host of the Andy Caldwell Show weekdays from 3-5 p.m. on AM1440.
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