Saturday, June 22, 2013


And where to get it. To quote:
In our time, unlike any other, technology has made it possible for individuals to survive for quite a while without actually depending on each other -- and it's even possible for families to seem outwardly unified but inwardly all fractured. We've lost the knack for knowing what a family really is.

A lot of folks think a family is a sort of vehicle for mutual entertainment or shallow fulfillment. Ladies get caught up in the cuddly vision of babies, hardly realizing how small this aspect of babies turns out to be, in reality. Men think that video-gaming will continue as before. Having never worked on anything concrete (knitting? gardening? furniture-making? brewing? spackling? car repair?), many latter-day would-be adults think of life as the process of acquiring things.

Immature people, tricked by being detached from the true purpose of marriage, which is building a family, think that children are an interruption of life rather than life itself. The interruption seems intense but limited (I'm reminded of that funny line in Ghost Town when a girl exclaims over a birthing story, "Ten hours is a long time to wait for something!"), and the unsuspecting parents figure that they can endure some painful moments until, they hope soon, they can pass on the irritation of the day-to-day child-related drudgery to others. Increasingly, to the government. (Read entire post.)

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