There is an axiom in history, “If you do not learn history, you are doomed to repeat it.” Some have refused to believe this lesson, to their utter misfortune. Others have refused to accept this sentiment and have suffered likewise. How do I know this; history shows the willing student how history is a prelude to the future.
Ancient Greece was the center of knowledge, but their people stopped learning history, and Rome came in while Greece was napping and took over the country lock, stock, and barrel. Then, over time, Rome stopped learning the lesson they had taught and was forced to relive their history when caught napping; others came in and ruined the Roman Empire. Ancient Egypt was a grand empire until Rome. More history leading to preludes of the future.
Moving forward several centuries, and we see the rise of the Muslim Empire, suffering the same fate as those behind it when they too forgot their history. The repetition of history is both scary and clearly written in the annals of history. When one stops learning their history, they become doomed to repeat that history, for history is ever a prelude to the future.
Now, I am not a doom and gloom type, nor do I have grand aspirations of being a prophet or prognosticator. I am simply pointing out the truth and hoping others may join me in learning history to avoid repeating history.What historical lessons do we need to learn?
To answer this question, I beg you to indulge me for a moment. I have to ask a few more questions to answer this most pressing question. As a modern citizen of your country, do you understand the family’s value and importance to your society? What are you doing to support the family as the preeminent foundational stone of a sound and growing society? Are you willing to sacrifice worldly reputations, money, power, etc., to have a family? The leading cause of the Roman Empire’s fall was that they stopped having nuclear families, and within a generation, they fell. Why did the sunset on the Egyptian Empire; they stopped believing in and supporting the nuclear family, and they failed. Before WWII, why was England, the world’s mightiest empire since Rome, failing; they lost the nuclear family and still haven’t recovered.
Why is France struggling, Italy disappearing, Germany struggling, and the US and Japan all having such incredible problems; all have forgotten the nuclear family. As the nuclear family goes, so does the state’s power and the identity of a country’s soul. Let that sink in a minute. As the nuclear family goes, so does the country’s soul. A country’s identity, liberty, law, freedom, and lifestyle rests squarely upon the shoulders of the nuclear family.
I have read reports that Italy will no longer be the traditional “Italy” in less than 10-years because the Italians are not getting married and having families. I love my Italian family members, but I am so distraught to think that “La mia famiglia,” the quintessential Italian experience, will not be around for my posterity to enjoy, except through fading pictures and journaled memories. What makes this worse is Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and every other nation on earth have the same problems. The nuclear family is disappearing at a frightening rate, and as the family goes, so do the historical lessons that need to be learned to avoid repeating.
An ignorant barbarian suggested, “well, just have people have more kids.” I wanted to gently take this person by their ears, look deeply into their eyes, and ask, “Is anyone in there?” Children are important but more important is the nuclear family experience. Another person once suggested that the nuclear family, consisting of a mother, a father, and children living in the same home, is copyable for homosexual couples, divorced couples, and single parents, so what’s the big deal?” In asking that question, the individual’s historical ignorance was apparent, and society’s problem leading to a repeat of history.
Living together as a family is messy, it is hard, and it requires learning how to live together. These fundamental lessons become the experience that binds a nation to its culture, faith, and fundamental societal core. There is no substitute, no shortcuts, and no other possible way to exist. Yet, too often, the nuclear family is shunned, disrespected, and disregarded for the pleasures of living more easily.
No, I am not casting aspersions on those parents raising children as single parents. I have known the great and good and the incredibly terrible in single parents and would support that person and those children however I can. But, I hold this perception and desire because I know the value of the nuclear family, the nuclear family’s potential, and I know how a family makes a community, and a community makes a family.
I read the research on homosexual couples rearing children, and I weep for the children! A more honest statement I cannot make. I know the abuse and problems inherent in any family organization, but the problems are only multiplied a hundred-fold in homosexual couples rearing children. The second most destructive power in Rome’s fall, mirrored from the Greeks, was the rise of homosexuality, which was preceded by a loss of morality, religious living, and the nuclear family.
President George Washington said in his final address to the nation about religion.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” Continuing, Pres. Washington called religion and morality “Pillars of human happiness, and the duty of citizens to uphold.” Concluding with, “Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation [and morality in society] desert the oaths? Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
I know the struggles in families, but those struggles pay dividends when we support the nuclear family. I recently read of an 11-year old having children because her mom and grandmother were in prison, and great-grandma needed more welfare money to feed the other children living in the home. In reading that report, I hoped this was a one-of-a-kind experience, but I was horrified to learn the exact opposite, and family courts are full of tragedies similar to this story. Our communities are failing because the nuclear family has suffered some desperate body blows, and more welfare programs and government heavy-handedness are NOT the answer! History is indeed a prelude to the future, and the loss of the nuclear family is front and center in this battle for your country’s soul, culture, legal system, and future.
Families, reach out to single parents and open your home. You do not have to be perfect to help; just help! Communities reach out to support the nuclear family. Religious communities especially reach out to support single parents raise morally centered children and help build nuclear families. If the nuclear family experience is lost, we will repeat history, and chaos is too small a word for the conflict that will fill every country on earth!
I offer no excuses for those who abuse their spouse or children! I extend only support for the victims and would see the situation corrected. In the same breath, I would offer hope to those struggling in these times to raise a nuclear family; you are doing a good job, even if it seems like every day is difficult. Please stay in the fight; it is worth the struggle. To the non-profit and religious organizations, get involved in the battle to support the nuclear family and morality in public and private. Fight for morality and nuclear families; they need you, your community needs you, and your country needs you! Especially to the organized religions and their leaders, find a spine! Get into this fight, or die an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle!
Please, learn history, teach history, and work to support the family as a prelude to a better future!
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