Everyone seems to have a theory about the motivations of the London rioters. CS Lewis once said:
"We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and then bid the geldings to be fruitful."
He was damn sure right!
We scoff of the idea of Sunday School for our children, and yet wonder why they lack a moral compass.
We have made an institution out of shifting responsibility for every human action, and wonder our young people refuse to accept responsibility for themselves. Consider the increasingly common phenomenon of grown and healthy adults who persist in a state of perpetual adolescence; living with their parents well into their 20’s or even 30’s.
We pretend there is no difference between men and women, and then stand idly by while social engineers emasculate and feminize whole generations of school boys.
We mock the idea of absolute values, and then have to gall to be angry at our politicians who dishonor their oaths.
We undermine the authority of our school teachers and principals by thoughtlessly taking the child’s side in any dispute with authority, and then can’t understand why little Johnny grows up with an attitude problem and cannot accept direction from anyone.
We shower our children with whatever their little heart’s desire (buying their love?), and then struggle with why they grow so readily into self-centered adults who appreciate nothing and expect everything to be handed to them for free.
We let the glowing electronic box babysit our children for years at a time, and then wonder why they have no ability to think for themselves.
The destruction of the family unit, and the rejection of the Judeo-Christian ethic of morality, is now bearing a bitter fruit. We are reaping what we’ve sown.