Slate’s Marital Advice.
A woman sent in a letter titled, “I Asked My Husband for an Open Marriage, Now He’s Being Completely Unreasonable.” Slate responded with: A reasonable solution for him, since he refuses to have sex with other partners, would be to develop a robust masturbation routine. Does he have one?
We truly live in two separate realities in this country. Because people on the left will actually read this Slate advice column and think it’s meaningful. But it’s for the people in the middle that I provide this story. You need to see where the culture is headed. And Slate gives us a little glimpse. Read more
Stop Having Kids has sponsored billboards in the Portland, Oregon area. One of their signs on Interstate 5 in the vicinity of Salem, Oregon reads: “A Lot of Humans Wish They Had Never Been Born.”
WOW. Talk about a bunch of unhappy folks! Where do we start to unpack this line of reasoning?
First, why do people have children? This will apparently come as a surprise to Stop Having Kids, but having children just comes naturally. Birds do it, bees do it, etc. Saying that people procreate because they are selfish, egocentric, or riddled with anxiety, depression or some other malady is way off and strikes yours truly as a tad neurotic. But in an utterly materialistic society with most everyone aboard the produce-and-consume treadmill, neuroticism is not surprising. After all, millions of moderns see prioritizing acquisition of creature comforts over family as an eminently reasonable proposition. Doing without or saving up for something is deemed old-fashioned, “not progressive,” or just plain stupid. Read more
Telling family stories is powerful, but not always in the way we think. Stories are a way of preserving family history, but more importantly, they create a sense of continuity and resilience, and — this is the thing we often forget — they build a framework to understand painful experiences and celebrate joyful ones. Read more