Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Bastard Nation

37% Of US Births Out Of Wedlock

Not sure what this means for the long term, but I see it as a symptom of what is wrong with the political process. I'm not talking about the breakdown of the family structure, specifically. What I'm talking about is the spread of libertine values. Everybody wants to do 'it' their way. They want what they want, but dont see the need to make the commitment for the betterment of all involved.

Traditionalism has it downfalls for some individuals, but overall the collective is better for it. I'm not arguing for collectivism. Far from it, I favor a strong sense of individualism. But Individualism, and it's attitudes, need to be tempered with a level of responsibilty, or it will fail as a social structure.
This will lead to outside forces, like government, eventually seeing the need to impose responsibilty for it's own sake, and the freedom to be individuals, or what is left of it, will be further lost.


Mercy Now said...

Sadly, even Christians are doing it, e.g. it doesn't matter what other people say cuz I know it's between me and God and I'll deal with it. You can't tell me what to do.

Kal Jones said...

Well, at least 63% are born in wedlock...

There is good news here though. As the article points out, teen births are down. And the tougher welfare laws enacted in the 1990s were paternity designations are required in many states, have cut down on unwed mothers on public assistance.

But I share your concern about the destruction of the basic family unit.

By the way: I've challenged you to a bet over at my place. You in?