The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is the simple fact that the family is the core unit of society. Anyone who wishes to “fundamentally change” society must first destroy the family. Attacks on the family are growing stronger as time goes on. The liberal progressives are intent on destroying the family.
The latest attack on families is the belief that children who have a loving family have an unfair advantage over children who do not. The same people who decry inequality also desire fairness between individuals, groups, races, and sexes. Now they are demanding equality in families. They are very similar to Plato who “wanted to abolish the family and put children into care of the state.”
Joe Gelonesi has an interesting article about this subject. He stated his belief that parents who read bedtime stories to their children should “occasionally” think about how “they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children.” Apparently, a loving family turns a level playing field very “lopsided” for other children.
“Functional family interactions – from going to the cricket to reading bedtime – form a largely unseen but palpable fault line between families. The consequence is a gap in social mobility and equality that can last for generations.”
Some people obviously believe that the family must be destroyed in order to have true social justice. In order to stop parents from reading to their children – and proving healthy food, learning experiences, adequate clothing, etc. – children must be taken away from their parents and reared by the government. The children would be treated equally and fairly – and none of them would thrive. They would eat food such as that “ordered” by Michelle Obama for school children. No children would have music lessons, art supplies, or soccer balls because some of them are non-musical, non-artistic, or non-athletic.
The author agreed the family was important and reviewed a reassessment by philosophers Adam Swift and Harry Brighouse. Swift and Brighouse “set to work on a respectable analytical defense of the family, asking themselves the deceptively simple question: `Why are families a good thing exactly?’
“Not surprisingly, it begin with kids and ends with parents.
“`It’s the children’s interest in family life that is the most important,’ says Swift. `From all we now know, it is in the child’s interest to be parented, and to be parented well. Meanwhile, from the adult point of view it looks as if there is something very valuable in being a parent.’”
The author concluded that loving family life is valuable to both children and parents; he also concluded that reading bedtime stories is a valuable activity to strengthening family ties. I encourage you to read the entire article.