On the Turning Away

Exploring how the zephyr of divorce has rocked the West, leading to a breakdown in moral sanctity.

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Author’s Note: This post was authored by Jack, with input from NovaSeeker.
Length: 3,350 words
Reading Time: 12 minutes

Introduction

I want to thank everyone who shared their personal stories about divorce under Parental Divorce Ruins Daughters’ Future Marital Commitment and Confidence (2021 February 24).

It seems like the majority of commenters (and probably many other lurking readers) have been exposed to divorce in some way. Sharing our stories helps us gain some context (at least for me).

The prevalence of divorce has been a societal zephyr that first hit the Boomers in large numbers. This zephyr has cast a shadow over Gen Xers, and this shadow has stretched over the successive generations on down. This post contains my personal testimony about my own experience of parental divorce, some related comments, and other musings.

It is not helpful for this to become an exercise in blame, self-pity, or to form a narrative of victimization, but nevertheless it is important to understand how things happened and the present consequences of the modeled behaviors of prior generations. The purpose is for us to grieve over the losses and come to terms with the present maladies.

This song from Pink Floyd came out while I was in high school (1988). I believe it has a prophetic message that we can only now comprehend.

Generation EXistential

I remember when I was in middle school (early 80s), there was a lot of talk about the new generation.  People couldn’t figure out what to call our generation. We had no defining stereotypical features of a generation (at that time). We all felt lost, fearful, aimless, and many felt hopeless. But as naïve, energetic adolescents, we weren’t very well aware of this. Older folks (mostly Boomers) thought we were a mystery, so we carelessly got stuck with the generic label, Generation X. Over time, we accepted this moniker.

Looking back on life, I see that the advent of divorce and “latch-key parenting” during our childhood (70s and 80s) was a significant contributor to this spiritual malaise – much more than anyone could imagine at that time.

The previous generation of the Nomad type (according to the Strauss Howe Generational Theory) was called “The Lost Generation”.  This generation, born between 1883-1900, came of age during World War I, the first mechanized steam punk war before modern medicine — that was in many ways, the worst war ever. Many felt “that ‘the flower of youth’ and the ‘best of the nation’ had been destroyed. The Lost Generation was literally lost due to war, but Generation X was lost in a more figurative sense — cast into existentialism because of the parental divorce epidemic.

Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters riding in the bus Further, 1964.

The Shadow Over X was Cast by Zephyr D

Last year, Scott told us a memorable story, How I discovered that I wanted to be married (2020 April 27). In this post, he describes the peace and joy surrounding a happily married couple, and how this home environment transcended the eternal. I also had glimpses of this during my childhood (and I assume many readers did as well). One of my closest friends was my pastor’s son, and I experienced this whenever I visited his home. But overall, it always seemed like a phenomenon that hit me at odd, unpredictable moments. I had no idea what it was, nor why I experienced this peace. I know I am not alone in being clueless. To many of us, a story like Scott’s seems surreal, as though it were a dream. Only after I was nearing 30 did I realize that this was the presence and glory of God — a blessing over the home of a spiritually obedient husband and wife. I was confused about this because, this is not unique to Christians. Scott states that the couple he knew were not Christians, and I grew up in a Christian home, but I never experienced this.

Realizing this made me very angry. I had the impression that all of life is a carnival of pleasures for those who had gained an inner sense of security from growing up in a home like this. But for some reason unknown to me, I was utterly excluded from this joy. Worse, I had no idea how I might achieve this for myself, and all my prayers and Bible reading did nothing to budge my spiritual position.

I am 49 years old today. Only within the past couple years have I come to understand that the peace and joy which I’ve always been missing is the result of a Headship marital structure between two good-willed people who have shared values. It is too late for me to seek after this abundance now. All I can do is insist on as much Headship as my wife is willing to accept, trusting God that she’ll eventually “get it”. Every day, I have to brace myself for the possibility that she won’t, and that I may very well go through another divorce if she digs in her heels. I feel sad that my children must endure this same vacuum of joy and insecurity that I had to endure. The only positive aspect is that I am now in a position to give them some insights and forewarnings about the generational curse of divorce, based on my own experiences.

Album cover, Magic Bus: The Who on Tour, (1968).

The Children of Divorce Feel Unloved

We have the nebulous assumption that the transformation of the SMP is a result of the Sexual Revolution. This is obviously true, but if I were to put a finger on the one factor that perpetuates the “Free Love” attitude of the Sexual Revolution, I would say it is because the shadow of divorce leaves the young generations in the dark. It cut them off from the blessings of obedience, and created a “hole in the soul” which led them to search for love and meaning through sexual liaisons.

Essentially, when sex became “free”, and No Fault Divorce put an easily revolving door on marriage, these things lost all their value. When parents reduce the value of the metaphysical qualities that are inherent in marriage and sex, and spent them on their own pleasures and conveniences, the spiritual inheritance is then passed off as worthless, leaving nothing for the children. This follows the archetype of Esau, who sold his inheritance for a bowl of lentils (Genesis 25:29-34), and was cursed as godless (Hebrews 12:15-17), and his descendants were destroyed (Jeremiah 49:10).

Divorce Defiles the Children

If you’ve been around the Manosphere for a sufficient amount of time, you will have learned that the path of defilement is how most men enter into the Red Pill world – their Blue Pill sanctified ways of life, no matter how filled with BP lies they might be, become defiled through adultery or divorce, which is prevalent in today’s culture, and they are forced to rethink everything they believe about life, sex, marriage, and women. It is only then, they realize that those BP beliefs are lies which proved to be their undoing.

This same transmogrification happens to children when they experience parental divorce. But children don’t have the life experience to give them any perspective on their metanoia. They also don’t have the social support needed to weather the storm, since it is the parents who introduced this catastrophe.

14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head —Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Ephesians 4:14-16 (NKJV)

The Bible describes this as a transgression.

17 “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin?  Certainly not!  18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.  19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.  20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

Galatians 2:17-21 (NKJV)

Another way to describe a transgression is when one jumps from one set of values and beliefs to another.

Divorce forces children into transgression because it introduces doubts about marriage, family, love, forgiveness, and a host of other spiritually fundamental issues.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

James 1:5-8 (NKJV)

The adult who is double-minded needs to be healed and made whole from the self-inflicted damage they have undergone. They must kill the other ungodly (false) personality that has been given influence over their thinking. Then and only then will they experience real stability and lasting change.

Children, on the other hand, have a more difficult and tortuous path towards healing, because they don’t know what went wrong, nor what they have been missing in their lives, nor what to do about it. This process is complicated by the fact that the sin is generational, and the damage is not apparent until much later in life. In the meantime, they are forced to wander in the wilderness of the world, searching for identity, love, meaning, purpose… – all the spiritual nutrients they failed to receive from the family as children. The time spent wandering is time lost in the sense that it is consumed with existential soul searching and is not used towards making any progress in life. Most never make a full recovery, while others are left to wander until they die in the wilderness.

Bus 142 on the Stampede Trail, Alaska. Several hikers have died in their search for this extreme location.

Stumbling around in the Darkness of the Shadow

In Data on Marriage and how No Fault Divorce turned marriage into a revolving door. (2020 October 30), I discussed how No Fault Divorce legislation (ca. 1970) transformed marriage from a covenantal institution into a social transaction.  It ostensibly reduced the value of marriage while it simultaneously offered the tangible benefits of financial savings, living conveniences, and the self-styled entertainment of “playing house”. Without the sense of permanency offered by a life-time commitment, marriage is essentially playing house with a revolving door.

A serious downstream effect of divorce is that the increased sexual promiscuity and divorce of previous generations has dramatically undermined the faith and confidence of younger generations, leading to yet more sexual promiscuity and divorce. This creates a cycle that essentially constitutes the dynamics of a generational curse. Previous generations have failed to “pass the torch” of maintaining the sanctification of sex, marriage, and family, thereby abandoning younger generations in the fallout effect.

I know what this spiritual confusion and purposelessness is like from experience. To put it into my own words, I’ll describe it like this. A person’s relationship with one’s father is an archetype of one’s relationship with God. A person’s relationship with one’s mother is an archetype of one’s relationship with humanity. When mother and father divorce, then it splits the soul, rendering the psychological separation of God and human life. God cannot then be experienced through social interactions, and social interactions have no spiritual significance. Hence, the double-mindedness.

The transgressions that result from the spiritual confusion and double-mindedness of enduring parental divorce are evident. My youngest sister was a model straight A student up until the time my parents divorced when she was 14 years old, which I’ll add, is the worst time of any to experience parental divorce. As soon as the zephyr’s shadow fell, she started smoking and drinking, and then plunged into a lifestyle of casual drug use and promiscuity. She barely graduated from high school. Now on her third marriage, she has sworn off ever having children.

I was 22 at that time, and already on my own. But it still had the effect of throwing me into an episode of depression which lasted over a year, and insomnia which continues to this day. I gave up on the idea of pressing towards my long held hope of marriage for a time, which was a time when I should have been capitalizing on the opportunities that college offered in this arena of life.

The Continuation of the Family is Lost

Feeriker gives us a description of how parents have not supported and guided their children towards life in the spirit.

“I remember Scott having posted something a couple of years or so ago, I believe it was on Dalrock’s blog, to the effect that he and Mychael would be very willing to give assistance to any God-fearing, hardworking, motivated young son-in-law who married his daughter, or to one of his sons and his bride, to help them get on their feet and get economically viable as a family. This clearly is recognition of the fact that economic self-sufficiency for the young is much harder to obtain today than it was in the past due to the changes (or more accurately, corruption) in our modern economy and that if young family formation IAW God’s ideal is the goal, then it’s going to mean that the young couple’s entire family will have to contribute as a family to help make it happen (gosh, imagine that: families nurturing and caring for their own. Who came up with that heinous idea? /S).

This, methinks, is one major unstated reason why young family formation in in the modern “Christian” west is so rare. Parents have to be deeply involved not only in raising their children in God’s ways when they’re young, but providing biblically sound wisdom and guidance to them as they enter the world of late adolescence and adulthood, one of the most challenging and terrifying times for young adults as they face the challenges of the “real world” for the first time.

Unfortunately for these young people, this is also the time when most western (especially American) “Christian” parents, who are deeply wedded to and committed to THE CULTURE’S life script, decide that they’re done raising kids and do everything they can to eject them out of the nest and out of their lives, to sink or swim in the wider world as best they can survive it. Let them make their own way in the world and sort it out for themselves. What God wants for families (as Jack enumerates in the OP) is the farthest thing from the churchian mind. Indeed, it’s doubtful that any of them have ever even read, much less pondered or absorbed any of the relevant verses. Having to do things the Lord’s way is just too risky in terms of having to remove their best foot from the World that is their first love and involves too much work. “I raised’em from birth! Now you want me to mentor’em in adulthood? Are you NUTS?!”

This goes a long way toward explaining the state of the western “Christian” family today. God appears to have decided that if we’re determined to not do things His way, then He’s going to let us reap the bitter fruits of doing it our way.”

What Ed Hurst wrote about in his post, A Full-Blown Apocalypse (2021 February 13), and which was quoted in NovaSeeker’s last post, The Sexual Market IS the Marriage Market (2021 February 22), keeps coming back to my mind.

“By the time we have come to this understanding of faith, we would be too old for a clean first marriage that produces children. The faith community can’t get started because the members have to pass through a hellish landscape of immoral relationships first.

And that’s what they pass through when they start out in churches!”

The Church was Inefficacious, if not Deleterious

It is common for young people to fall away from the church for a time. But over the past few decades, this life phase has been augmented and extended, with fewer people ultimately returning to the church.

NovaSeeker wrote,

“The response of the church to this issue has been to look the other way.

Essentially the church, and parents, meander between (1) denying that their kids are having sex between puberty and marriage in the late 20s/early 30s and (2) accepting that they do, but minimizing the sinfulness of it, given its ubiquity in the culture, and the fact that most married couples around them fornicated themselves prior to marriage (and in almost all cases prior to fornicating with the person they married, as well). The church therefore either denies that the problem exists, or it chooses to look the other way, quietly, and not say much about what it knows is happening but refuses to discuss. That way, the “doctrine on the books” can remain the same as is, despite the de facto practice — which is looking the other way in the face of mass fornication — and things go on per our regularly scheduled programming.

The variant of “I advocate getting married at 22 instead of 27” is a fallback position, but it’s still a fantasy. Even if it were locked in stone that a child of either sex would marry by 22, which it isn’t, there’s still a LOT of fornicating going on, especially in that 18-22 period. And, in many cases, 22 quickly becomes 25 due to grad school, post-graduate internships, travel, and the other fabulousness that mid-20s Americans who are college educated tend to engage in, and the higher up the pole the merrier it gets. But either way, whether it’s 22 (rare) or 25 or 27 the issue is the same, and the difference is merely one of degree (pardon the pun). Once they’re loose in this culture, it’s game on, and everyone knows it.”

Among all these worldly distractions, the basic truths about male-female relationships, and especially how to implement them effectively, were left in the dust. Perhaps this was evident to those who grew up in an intact family, but to those who suffered under the shadow of the zephyr, it was totally non-existent. Instead, pop-psyche variations of Therapeutic Moralistic Deism sprang up to fill this void.

Overall, the church drifted from being mindful of what God is most concerned about, to focusing on our own self interests (what we are most concerned about), to chasing after the things of this world (e.g. the Feminist Life Script, individualism, materialism…). BigChurch was the trailblazer.

The Magic Bus Day, by Daniel Nash.

Conclusions

Upon reflection, it may be apparent to the reader by now, that when a society loosens its sexual norms, the associated “liberation” is not only depravity, but it is also the destruction of sanctity. It would be more fitting and accurate, from a Christian perspective, to rename “the Sexual Revolution” as “the Defilement Rebellion”.

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35 Responses to On the Turning Away

  1. Adam says:

    This has been a valuable series from all involved. It all rings true for me due to my own close association with the subject matter. I spent the first 10 years of my adult life working to get out from under this yoke. And I will say that while the Boomers were the generation that ran with no-fault divorce, it was the supposedly greatest generation which passed the legislation in the first place.

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  2. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    JACK&NOVA
    Is ”meathead” still fighting archie bunker?
    ROB:”RUSH LIMBAUGH is gone but there is no scarcity of purveyors of disinformation left in his wake”!
    Is one of them MICHAEL SAVAGE(Born in ’42!)?
    ROB born in ’47!3 years before rush!
    ”To protect our democracy we must remain ever vigilante”!REINER said!”Starting with climate change”
    This dos’nt sound like most conservatives in or out of the church?
    Still going to win the abortion or culture wars!
    While losing ever more church members?
    Of course almost everything in your post is what I have seen also!
    Generation existenal&Z is not over yet!
    ”Free love”?
    This is for all the conservatives&liberals from EIB!
    Just a little more time is what were asking for&nobody wants to know you now!
    Just a little uncertainity can bring it down&nobody wants to show you how!
    So if your lost &on your own,YOU CAN NEVER SURRENDER&If your path won’t lead you home!
    No one can take away your RIGHT TO FIGHT!
    NEVER SURRENDER!
    With a little percerverence you can get things done
    Without the blind adherence that has conquered some!
    And no one wants to show you how!
    NEVER SURRENDER!
    And when the night is cold&dark!
    NEVER SURRENDER!you can NEVER SURRENDER!
    CONCULSIONS:
    The old wars continue?
    This dos’nt explain much?
    P.S.People not know this current ”free sex” GNOSTIC movement started up in the late 1700’s/early 1800’s?
    Heres another hit!
    Tell me why?So many promises left
    Well you do what you want!
    Tell me why you do what you what you do!?
    Its just your sudden change of heart!?
    & as you slowly push me away!

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  3. SFC Ton says:

    Looking back on life, I see that the advent of divorce and “latch-key parenting” during our childhood (70s and 80s) was a significant contributor to this spiritual malaise – much more than anyone could imagine at that time.
    ……….

    I thought there was a book out there calling us the garbage generation because of those things and our cohorts being aborted like it was the new national past time

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    • feeriker says:

      [T]he advent of divorce and “latch-key parenting” during our childhood (70s and 80s) was a significant contributor to this spiritual malaise – much more than anyone could imagine at that time.

      Although, as Jack points out, it’s not helpful to indulge in “the Blame Game,” one still cannot help but notice how bitterly defensive parents of previous generations get, especially women, when their selfish neglect of their children in their formative yeats is brought up.

      These people know, if only viscerally, that they “fucked up, big time” as parents and that their final atonement for their failure is yet to be made. Watching their children go through life as dysfunctional adults (carbon copies of themselves?) is only the down payment.

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    • professorGBFMtm2021 says:

      SFCTON
      Yes ”the garbage generation” by DANIEL AMINEUS availible at BEZOS amazon for all of us GOOD OLE’BOYS of hazzard county to buy&read while riding to live!

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      • SFC Ton says:

        Thanks boss! my book reading days are pretty much over but I appreciate the info

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      • Bee says:

        Don’t pay BEZOS Amazon for the Garbage Generation. You can read if for free on the Fish Eaters website:

        https://www.fisheaters.com/garbagegeneration.html

        I highly recommend this book. The first chapter is a well documented list of all the pathologies that children raised by single moms encounter at very high rates. He follows with a defense of Patriarchy and a debunking of the anthropologist claims about supposed Matriarchal societies.

        Amneus (now deceased) was a college professor who had his eyes opened after going through two divorces. Amneus knew how to do serious research.

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      • cameron232 says:

        Also by Daniel Amneus, The Case for Father Custody. I think you can find it online. I once read an article length version. Meaning father custody by default.

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  4. Scott says:

    First time I have ever read a blog post and become tearful coming across certain portions.

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  5. thedeti says:

    Thanks for this. I don’t even know what more could be added.

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  6. Novaseeker says:

    One of the things that struck me when I first read this excellent post was that the entire process had a very long provenance. Our generation (X) took a direct hit, like being New Orleans when Katrina came along, really, but that storm was brewing for a few generations and really we just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It does happen.

    I think it’s important, as this post does, to recognize that while the current culture loves to hate on the Boomers (and I am not defending them), the older part of our generation was raised by the “Greatests” (birth years ~1901-1927) for the most part, and to some extent the “Silents” (birth years 1928-1945). Some of the younger Gen X had Boomer parents, but only a few of my age peers did. My own parents were a Greatest/Silent mix, with my M being one of the older Silents.

    It was these generations that ushered in the changes that happened in the later 20th Century — they oversaw them and were in “power” when they were institutionalized. Not the Boomers. The Boomers simply took the baton and ran with it in the way they were pointed, and they did so with gusto, to be sure, but there were plenty of the Greatests and Silents who were cheering them on, even if they generally didn’t do so uncritically.

    Even more fundamentally, the real underlying trends that led to the “rollout” of no fault divorce and the rest of the defilement that is so well described in this post, have to be traced back to the very early 20th century, before the Silents were born, and when the Greatests were kids, and have their roots in people born in the latter part of the 19th Century — the “Missionary Generation” (birth years 1860-1882), and the “Lost Generation” (birth years 1883-1900). These are the people who pushed for, and later enshrined, female suffrage, who developed the flapper/sexualized culture of the 1920s and so on … all long before what happened 40-50 years later.

    The cultural rot in our society goes way, way back. It has very deep roots. We had the misfortune of living through the time when some of the worst manifestations of that long development of rot was coming to the fore, and it unleashed the defilement described here, but the entire process by which it did so is a very long one, and understanding it properly requires delving back into the history of developments in the United States following the Civil War, really, in the last third of the 19th Century. Everything we see today has its roots in that period, a real germination stage when the ultimate, rotten, defiling “fruits” which we see today were conceived, and the plants were made which eventually led to where we found ourselves earlier in our own lives and, indeed, to where the world finds itself today.

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    • Oscar says:

      The cultural rot in our society goes way, way back. It has very deep roots. We had the misfortune of living through the time when some of the worst manifestations of that long development of rot was coming to the fore, and it unleashed the defilement described here…

      Huh. It’s almost as though there’s this spiritual slippery slope, like the one described in Romans 1, and our culture is hurtling down that slope right now, despite all the naysaying about “logical fallacies” by “Christian” smartbois.

      … understanding it properly requires delving back into the history of developments in the United States following the civil war, really, in the last third of the 19th Century.

      After the Civil War, Americans of all types were – understandably – looking for unifying factors. The most important unifying factor for every culture is religion (cultus).

      Some theologians (mostly Northeastern) came up with the idea of a civic religion that didn’t have all the dividing factors of fundamentalist faith. So, they followed the example of the German Higher Critics, and “although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22). They had “a form of godliness, but denied its power” (1 Timothy 3:5).

      They claimed that the fundamental Christian doctrines (the deity of Christ, original sin, the Bible as God’s word, etc.) didn’t matter, as long as one was “a good person”.

      Fundamentalist preachers thundered against that neutered faith, but they were mostly Southerners, not nearly as educated, and easily dismissed as racist, backwoods hicks.

      Well, guess what? The fundamentalist, backwoods hicks turned out to be right. And the smartboi theologians with more degrees than a thermometer turned out to be fools.

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    • feeriker says:

      Even more fundamentally, the real underlying trends that led to the “rollout” of no fault divorce and the rest of the defilement that is so well described in this post, have to be traced back to the very early 20th century, before the Silents were born, and when the Greatests were kids, and have their roots in people born in the latter part of the 19th Century — the “Missionary Generation” (birth years 1860-1882), and the “Lost Generation” (birth years 1883-1900). These are the people who pushed for, and later enshrined, female suffrage, who developed the flapper/sexualized culture of the 1920s and so on … all long before what happened 40-50 years later.

      Those generations are also directly responsible for the Progressive Movement of the first two decades of th 20th Century, the movement that was at the root of all the chaos and dysfunction to follow in successive movements half a century later.

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      • Sharkly says:

        The curse of 1920! When we gave the defilers the keys to rule over us. How’s that women voting thing working out for us? Govt. funded baby murder, no-fault family-destruction and kidnapping, all sexual depravity welcomed and celebrated, Equal pay for destroying the workplace and job market too, Etc., Etc., Etcetera.

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    • feeriker says:

      Somebody needs to share this with Mensa Boy of Italy (Vox Day), whose obsessive hatred for Boomers (generally justified, and this admission coming from someone who falls in to the tail end of the Boomer Generation [born in the early 60s]) borders on the almost irrational.

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    • SFC Ton says:

      For the typical boomer it’s generational negligence vs generational abuse but these things have been in play way before any of us were born

      But the shot callers have been working on these things for a very lomg time…..such as marx and linclon were pin pals of sorts….. but most people are unable or unwilling to come to grips with the idea all of this destruction is purposeful

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      • Oscar says:

        Ultimately, “the god of this age” is behind all of the destruction, which is why it looks like a conspiracy (it is), and why the conspiracy has been sustained for generations. People don’t live that long. Even institutions don’t last that long. But, the actual “shot callers” are immortal.

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      • SFC Ton says:

        Some lines of thought from certian tribes of people are well documented for many, many years back but progressives are gonna progressive

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      • Ame says:

        But the shot callers have been working on these things for a very lomg time…..such as marx and linclon were pin pals of sorts….. but most people are unable or unwilling to come to grips with the idea all of this destruction is purposeful

        satan plays the long game.

        contemporary ‘churchians’ play the short game b/c they do not read the bible for themselves, nor do they believe it.

        a couple years ago a college friend was in town and we got together for lunch. we got to talking about things and i mentioned some passages of scripture in our conversation. and she replied, “That’s taking it pretty literally.”

        and that’s the consensus among people who attend church and feel good about doing so … the bible is just a collection of ideas that we adapt when convenient.

        what most will not realize this side is that God plays the eternal game, and really, God doesn’t play games at all.

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      • Oscar says:

        @ Ame

        “That’s taking it pretty literally.”

        Isn’t that amazing? I mean, if it’s not literal, then why believe it? If there’s no literal sin and redemption, good and evil, God and Satan, Heaven and Hell, then why even call yourself a Christian?

        and that’s the consensus among people who attend church and feel good about doing so … the bible is just a collection of ideas that we adapt when convenient.

        Oh, you mean the kind of churchian that argues in favor of “suspending” God’s laws whenever they become inconvenient? Where have I heard that before?

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      • Ame says:

        Oscar, I was really surprised. She and her husband had talked about being missionaries someday when they were young. Sigh. I don’t know if she’s always thought that way or if her faith has become watered down over time.

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  7. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    BAM,BAM,BAM…20,20,20 4 hours to gooo!!!I wanna be sedated!Nothing to do!No way to go home!I wanna be sedated!Just get me to the airport!Get me to the show&Put me in a wheelchair!HURRY,HURRY,HURRY,before I go INSANE!Just get me to the airport&put me on a airplane!I can’t control my fingers,I can’t control my brain!1-2-3-4…20,20,20 4 hours to go!I wanna be sedated!Nothing to do!No way to go home!I.O.,I.O. LETS GO!I.O.,I.O.LETS GO!20,20,20 4 HOURS TO GO! 42& years later were still on the road to ruin right?p.s.Anybody seen sheena lately?

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  8. locustsplease says:

    Its funny im almost 40 parents divorced grand parents divorced multiple times each. Dad on 3rd marriage. Aunts uncles divorced all immediate family but sister. I cant tell you meeting a couple before becoming christian that im sure they have a great relationship. Since then ive meet a few couples. My desire for marriage must b primal because i have some ideal imprinted in my brain that i hadnt seen.

    My parents hate each other. They may not complain about the other all the time but they divorced 30 freaking years ago!! Ive never seen them talk. While im glad they are apart so i dont have to listen to the complaining it never crossed my mind what would have happened if they were together. Just recently it crossed my mind what would it have been like living with my parents and they both love each other and me? I asked a friend if it had crossed his mind either and it hadnt. It was such a strange thing to have never crossed my mind.

    To b fair while i have plenty of just criticism of women and they may have started the ball rolling it doesnt change the fact. If it had not even crossed my mind if my parents loved each other until i was 40, am i anybody’s future husband? Probably not.

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  9. lastmod says:

    Older folks (mostly Boomers) thought we were a mystery, so we carelessly got stuck with the generic label, Generation X. Over time, we accepted this moniker.

    Straight up incorrect. Generation X as a moniker was coined by Douglas Coupland in 1991, from his first novel by the same name. AN X Generation…..what does X = ? Well, we don’t know and really still don’t.

    It’s a fitting label. Nothing careless at all abut it. X in ROman Numerals is 10, and we just happened to be the “tenth” generation born in the USA since Independance. Generation X is also the first generation to be “smaller” than the preceeding generation in the USA…no, not “because feminism” but because of the birth control pill (which many devout chirstians even use…..) which hit the market in 1961. Large familes post 1962 became a rarity in the USA.

    The height, or biggest wave of Gen Xers were born during the Nixon Administration. Mostly from parents of the end of the SIlent Gernaertion or the first wave of Baby Boomers.

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    • professorGBFMtm2021 says:

      LASTMOD
      I thought it stood for the 13th generation of americans since jamestown or even plymouth rock, maybe?
      IMAGE comics’, GEN13 was called genx(But marvel said no way!) at first in 1993!
      Plus don’t forgot GENERATION-X(From england!),Billy idols old band, before KISS’s manager BILL AUCOIN became his manager which made KISS drop him as their manager in april/may1982!
      ”Dancing by myself” was genxs last single &billys first single reworked in ’81!

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    • Jack says:

      Jason,

      “Straight up incorrect.”

      LMAO! You have a couple facts in error.

      1- I distinctly remember talk about Generation X as early as 1982, but it was not popularly accepted. Other names that were going around included “MTV”, “Nickelodeon”, “Pac Man”, and “Latch Key” Generation. Coupland formalized the defining features of Generation X and thereby popularized a term that had already been circulating for a while.
      2- Although X is the Latin symbol for 10, Generation X is the 13th generation since American independence.

      https://infogalactic.com/info/Generation_X
      https://infogalactic.com/info/Strauss%E2%80%93Howe_generational_theory

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      • professorGBFMtm2021 says:

        JACK&EVERYBODY ELSE
        You know what the real problem is were not going by the BIBLE’s definition of generation which is any where between 20-100 years depending on what part of the bible were talking about!See ”what is a generation in the bible” at BIBLESPROUT.COM for referencing purposes!
        P.S.You know I don’t do links right?

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      • SFC Ton says:

        Billy idol

        Generation X

        1977….. I think

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  10. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    EVERYBODY!
    Stranger, stranger,stranger,its hot here in the night!in a hot summer night(ALRIGHT),don’t be afraid of the world we made!When a long-legged lovely walks by you can see a look in her eye&then you know its hot in the city!
    All the dreams&schemes,people are as they seem,don’t be no fun,don’t forget your young, on a hot summer night(Tell the truth!),a sometime someone your not,don’t wait to see what got&don’t forget who you are!WE’LL walk to my feet drop!I will move with a beat now!I’m a chain around a-bomb!I’m a ribbon in the heat now!AMERICA!
    Hot,Hot in the city,hot in the city tonight!Babylon is only getting hotter right?
    Here it is!”GENERATION-X”(1965! 165 page book from england about english youth culture!By British journalists deverson&hamblett)”Billy is idle”(Not know I’m a long-term idol fan?) mother owned a copy of it!Hence why the band (in late ’76/officialy ’77!)was named generation-x!
    P.S.Anybody else still blasting ”HOT IN THE CITY” for alldaladies that are hot in the night like I still do?EXTRAP.S.DON’T YOU(FORGET ABOUTME!)Was almost a billy idol song but he did’nt like the sound of it!Hence simple minds singing it in ”the breakfast club”with molly &judd!BILLYP.S.You know thats his baby-mama in the music video of hot in the city in ’82 right?Also anybody making a classic billy sneer right now too thinking about modern life?

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  11. cameron232 says:

    Australian Mark Richardson on why liberalism not leftism is the problem.

    https://ozconservative.blogspot.com/2021/03/california-takes-next-step.html

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  12. redpillboomer says:

    “I think it’s important, as this post does, to recognize that while the current culture loves to hate on the Boomers (and I am not defending them), the older part of our generation was raised by the “Greatests” (birth years ~1901-1927) for the most part, and to some extent the “Silents” (birth years 1928-1945).”

    Yes, my generation does ‘suck’ in many ways, I’m not going to defend it/us. However, I think it is a good point to realize, as Novaseeker pointed out in his post, that the roots of this current cultural dysfunction and malaise we’re in go well back before the Boomer generation. I think my generation was born into this stuff and just inherited the fruits of it, and yes, we’re guilty of RUNNING with it. That’s what we’re guilty of, inheriting it and never questioning it, and never saying “WTF, this doesn’t make sense!”, and forcefully saying, “STOP THE PRESSES HERE!” We did not do that as a generation, that’s what we’re guilty of, and it has harmed the X and Millennials because we didn’t stop it, or at least try to put a stop to it.

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  13. Ame says:

    this is such a well-written post, Jack. it’s incredibly difficult to articulate the cost of divorce to those who haven’t experienced it, especially to the children. the years lost to divorce when they should be moving forward and growing up in security is heartbreaking.

    but God. God’s mercy is so great. He loves us and our children so much. yes, children of divorce and those of us who have gone thru it have to overcome a lot, but it’s amazing how gracious and merciful God is. doesn’t mean it’s still not bad, or hard, or devastating, or tragic, or all the bad things … just that with God, there’s redemption; there’s hope.

    the ‘roots’ of the ills of this current culture are simply in the depravity of man. we want to identify how it all went wrong, and while we can thread it back in many ways, and it’s good to do so, the truth is that this deep dive into excessive depravity is a cycle that has been going on since the beginning of time.

    i’m overwhelmed reading the OT and the mercy of God … over and over and over the people turned away from God, did evil in His sight, the wrath of God poured out on them, they repented, God showed mercy and drew them back to Him. and then it began, again.

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