Recently I have been looking into world religion and other cultures outside of the United States. With so many people in our society, it is obvious that the values in our family structure has changed. What made me look at our society closer, was merely from observing other countries. Such as, in different countries in Africa, the larger your family is the wealthier you are. Literally. Why? Because you have more bodies to work, more skills and talents to pass down, more opportunity for expansion. But I also look at it in a figurative light as well. Let’s repeat it: The larger your family, the wealthier you are. If families in America thought like this we wouldn’t have as many broken homes that we have. If we didn’t have so many broken homes, there may be more job opportunity.
According to worldimpact.org
“Inner-city children increasingly grow up in broken households. Fractured and incomplete families perpetuate physical and spiritual poverty. The root cause of poverty and income disparity is undeniably linked to broken family structures. Children growing up in poor, broken households in inner-city America are increasingly exposed to child abuse, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, gang participation, and incarceration. They are also at a higher risk of having broken families of their own. Our nation’s inner cities are in need of intact, whole families.
The American family structure is disintegrating. In 1950, 12 percent of children born in the United States entered into a broken family lacking either a biological mother or father. By 2000, this number had jumped to 60 percent of all children. Unfortunately, the frequency and density of broken families dramatically increases in the impoverished environments of our inner cities. Poor, broken families produce people who are more likely to experience relational and financial poverty as well.”
Unfortunately we have grown into a desensitized society that finds it easier to give up than to put the work in. Whether it be building our families closer or training our employees.
One of the top reasons why people are unhappy with their workplace is because they are either overworked, underpaid or both. The popular reason why people end their relationships or are unfaithful is because they may feel unappreciated or that something is missing. Now I am not advising to settle for an unsatisfying job or relationship but I say those things to say we need to stop giving up and put the work in. Just like it looks bad to have a booklet of past employers, it can also be a turn off if you’re seen as being a “love hopper.” Love hopper meaning you hop from one relationship to the next, when in fact one of those from the past could’ve worked out or you could’ve saved time and feelings and just remained friends instead of getting deeper.
Indystar.com also has something to say about this:
“Utah Sen. Mike Lee noted in speeches at the Heritage Foundation, “the problem of poverty is linked to family breakdown and the erosion of marriage among low-income families and communities.” Lee is careful not to cast opprobrium on single or divorced parents. But he insists on pointing to the uncomfortable but undeniable fact that economic outcomes for their children have been far worse than those for children raised in two-parent families. That produces many personal tragedies. And in cold economic terms, it means that society is losing gross domestic product because of less than optimal development of human capital. Government policy can’t force people to get or stay married. But it may be able to encourage them to do so.”
My request: Can we work on remolding our families in America? Can we learn to see the wealth we are birthing every day? Can we teach our youth morals, values, patience and the importance of childhood? Oh what a joy it would be to be a child again, it’s so much simpler. But our youth wants to grow up so fast and they aren’t ready. Can we bring our families close and strong? Some of you have so many talents in your family, but your ego is so in the way that you don’t realize you are sitting on an empire. Appreciate the family you were born into. Something about it you don’t like? Change it.