Posts Tagged ‘Cultural Suicide’

Declining Christianity and Fecundity = Declining Western Civilization

December 22, 2018

Declining Christianity and Fecundity = Declining Western Civilization

The many different variables associated with the decline of societies have been identified (wars, natural disasters, depletion of natural resources, uncontrolled immigration, etc..  This posting will focus upon two other important correlates of societal and cultural decline; they are the decline of indigenous religions and fecundity. Fecundity is a term used to describe a population’s ability to  produce an “abundance of offspring”. For our purposes, the concern is the loss of a socioculture’s ability to reproduce enough citizens to sustain itself.

I am reading an excellent, but controversial book, entitled The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996). I was surprised to find that the author, Samuel P. Huntington,  wrote that modernity and the stresses that go with modernizing societies, actually stimulated increasing rates of Christian religion within populations, as well as other religions. 

I will not address “other religions” in this posting, but will focus more specifically upon modernity, Christianity, fecundity and the decline of Western Civilization.

The idea that modernity has strengthened  Western Civilization’s indigenous Christian religions is counter-intuitive to me and it also is in conflict with virtually everything that I have read in other scholarly publications on this topic. My broad-based readings on the topic of cultural decline have informed me that when cultures are in decline, there is a correlated decline in the population’s adherence to it’s indigenous religions and also its birthrates.

While there can be many interacting causes of cultural decline, loss of indigenous religions and fecundity seem to be omnipresent.

This is exactly is exactly what has been happening in Europe and America.

In my view, all of this (and I expect more) appears to underlay the “seemingly illogical”; and in my view, culturally suicidal impetus toward borderless states and uncontrolled immigration.

Please evaluate these and other sources you may find and tell me about your conclusions.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/21/christianity-non-christian-europe-young-people-survey-religion

http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/5/22/17376536/fertility-rate-united-states-births-women

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 12/22/18

America Needs Manly-Men and Fathers!

August 6, 2018

America Needs Manly-Men and Fathers!

I know. The radical liberals will accuse me, and many of other “manly-men” of being bad for society, women and children. They have labeled our interests, values, and behaviors as bestial and damaging to social and cultural needs in what they like to call a Post-Modern and Post-American Era.

As a practicing psychologist, I plainly see the folly of this radical-leftist suicidal attempt to stigmatize and eliminate the traditional role of masculinity within our male population.

I believe the obvious successes of this destructive movement is significantly a result of the decline of the traditional American Mother-Father-based family unit. Without a manly-male father it is not so easy to help many boys to become manly-males. This process is greatly aided by a loving manly-male father role model who provides his boy encouragement and praise for countless very small emotional, cognitive and behavioral advancements in a manly-male direction.

When society provides maturing boys with easy-ways-out of the traditionally increasing demands of masculine socialization , it is not surprising that many avoid these demanding rites of masculine passage (i.e., self-assertion, competition, contact sports, meeting intimidation head-on, as well as self-defense and the defense of others when threatened or attacked, etc.). 

To the extent that radical liberals (i.e., socialist/communist/progressives) are successful in eliminating many of the core characteristics of traditional male behaviors needed for a society to survive long and well, America is threatened with failure.

Masculinity is being purposefully discouraged and even punished into decreasing prevalence among males. Simultaneously, behaviors that compete with, or are incompatible with manly-maleness, are being heavily modeled by the media and imitated by our male children. Conversely, feminized behavior patterns, values and interests in boys are being deferentially rewarded by many single mothers, educators, as well as other leaders of young men.

Historically, manly-men have been described with the following positive words and characterizations:

Bold, Brave, confident, daring, firm gallant, hardy, heroic, intrepid, noble, powerful, resolute, robust self-reliant, Stout-hearted, strong, valiant, vigorous, virile, etc..

For any culture to defend itself in a world of hostile and war-like societies, men with these qualities must remain plentiful. 

Law-abiding and well-adjusted manly-men are needed as fathers within our families in order to raise the similarly law-abiding and well-adjusted children essential to propagate more such families, thereby meeting the needs of a long surviving America.

For a family to raise both well-adjusted  boys and girls, it is very important that a man with  many of the characteristics listed above be intimately involved in parenting as well as respecting, loving and partnering with the children’s mothers.

Without a good manly-male influence, girls are more likely to become sexually promiscuous, or  uncomfortable and socially unskilled in their presence. Boys are more likely to become feminized or uncontrolled and hyper-aggressive. The reader should be able to project the implications of such outcomes: You are witnessing them in America now.

The following short article is full of data-based findings that represent my own experiences as a psychotherapist with families and children, as well as my research and continuing education about these critically important matters.

Please review the following informative PragerU video on this topic.

https://www.prageru.com/videos/make-men-masculine-again

Also, don’t fail to consider this authoritative short piece on the importance of fathers in parenting.

https://www.all4kids.org/2018/06/07/a-fathers-impact-on-child-development/

 

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 8/6/18

President, Behavioral Psychological Family Services 

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Indiana University South Bend


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