Charles Houseworth: Glorifying dysfunction

08/22/2014 5:23 PM

08/22/2014 5:25 PM

Regarding the Aug. 16 letter “ Love as crime prevention”: Forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for someone who kidnaps and robs for a few hundred dollars and then executes his victim by shooting her in the face in the street.

Deprivation of love does not necessarily translate into not knowing right from wrong. So how do we “pump” more emotional support to younger people before they grow to indiscriminately kill and maim? The best way to start is to encourage the creation and stability of families and to discourage the plethora of violence, sex, drugs and narcissistic behavior so prevalent in our culture and idolized in the popular media.

The babies for whom the letter-writer makes his case learn to an unfortunately large extent, in the absence of strong family ties, from this popular media. Strong family ties are not going to happen overnight.

In the meantime, adult society needs to manage our dysfunctional behaviors.

The ultimate key is extolling through all of our culture loving moms and dads who bring children into this world and love and effectively parent them, caring in particular to instill within them senses of discipline and personal responsibility that are so sorely lacking in our culture today.

Charles Houseworth

Wake Forest

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