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A Hopeless Generation | The Dear Son, Show | Ep 79 #fatherhood #parenting #hopeless #lostgeneration

Aug. 29, 2023

The title is a bit jarring by intent, but is it inaccurate? Every day we hear about acts of violence and malice, but the assailants and orchestrators are getting younger. For some, that’s all they’ve been given, or at least, that’s what they see in their environments most frequently. In other scenarios, the children are blessed with a loving two-parent household that seemingly doesn’t struggle financially or emotionally. So, what’s happening?

This discussion was inspired by a social media clip featuring Charleston White. He’s a polarizing persona by design, and we’re not here to argue for or against that. The message in the clip sent our minds spiraling down a path that we thought was worthy of discussion. Charleston’s message basically suggested that the current generation of youth is lost, unloved, and basically hopeless (paraphrased). That’s a pretty strong indictment, but is it really that far-fetched? You may have formed a strong opinion just in the short time it took to read this video’s description. Keep that energy as you watch, but I’d dare suggest it is likely to adjust midway through. 

We took advantage of this safe space to evaluate how our actions as fathers align with our ideals, morals, and beliefs. Inasmuch as we’d like to believe our children are anchored in every area of life, that simply isn’t the case. We realized that as we pursue truth, clarity and conviction of our personal beliefs, we’ve gambled with the foundations laid for our households as we led too silently at different stages of the journey. I dare you to ask your children what they believe. Some might be a bit shocked at their responses. 

This conversation, as do most, provides a transparent view of life through the lens of fatherhood; however, it does not exclude women. There may be parallel experiences that resonate with you, or you may just want a peak into the minds of men. We wouldn’t be here without you. You're welcome.... you’re all welcome. We invite you to take this ride with us to experience life as we know it.

We learned quite about ourselves during this dialogue, and that’s typical. Hopefully, a point or two will prompt you to have similar meaningful discussions in your home. We highly recommend that you consume the entire episode for the best results. Also, meet us in the comments or tag us with your opinion on social media via the links below. As always, we welcome your perspective. It takes a village. 

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