I’m trying something different today. Other blogs sometimes have an “open thread”, which is kinda like the blog equivalent of a call-in radio show. Rather than me write a story, I’ll just pose a question and see what great ideas the readers put in the comment box.
Today’s topic: the breakdown in the family, specifically in the UK. A number of commentators have expressed the view that the recent riots in the UK are a manifestation of the breakdown of the family. John Robson, who writes in the Ottawa Sun and also appears on CFRA radio, wrote an excellent piece about it here. A quick quote:
It is by now an intergenerational catastrophe. And while British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks sensibly about the need to fix broken Britain, he goes off the rails when he starts muttering about new government initiatives. We have tried everything liberal sociologists could suggest and it did the opposite of what was promised. It’s time to stop paying people to lead useless lives. (Source)
My question to our readers: how does a country go about fixing such a monumental problem such as the breakdown in the family? Of course, we must start with prayer. What else can we do?
Typically, when we have a major problem in our country, our natural (conditioned) reflex is to seek a solution through a new government policy. But as Robson expresses above, Big Government might have been one of the causes of the breakdown in the family. Is government really the right instrument to find a solution? Could any government policy contribute towards a solution?
All our lines are open and we’re taking your calls. 🙂