August 31, 2015
Kathy and I lived in the Trinity Alps of California for nearly 20 years. One of the things that we observed while living in the forest is that normally passive animals like deer, squirrels, or even birds become vicious when their offspring are in danger. Just put your hand in a squirrel’s hole where her babies are nesting, and you will get a revelation about the maternal instinct of nature.
So what has happened to the maternal instinct in human mothers? When the American laws changed, abortion became legal, but our laws didn’t require women to abort their children like the laws in China did. So why did the change in our laws result in 1.5 million abortions a year in the United States? In other words, if our laws are not requiring us to kill our offspring, then why are we? You probably won’t be surprised to learn that our nation didn’t lose its maternal instinct in one year, but it gradually eroded over the last 150 years due to a long process of cultural transformation.
This cultural transformation in America began when our country shifted from the Agricultural Age to the Industrial Age. In the Agricultural Age, children worked in the fields as free labor. The economy encouraged people to have large families. The larger the family was, the wealthier their lineage. (This is the reason why most of our school systems still let our children have three months of summer vacation. The summer vacation tradition is rooted in the Agricultural Age when children worked the fields during the harvest. In those days, if school had run through the harvest season, it would have caused damage to either the economy, if the children weren’t allowed to work, or the educational system, if the children weren’t able to keep up with their classmates.) But when America moved into the Industrial Age, children went from being a benefit to a burden. They still needed care, but they no longer generated income. The effects of this were really felt in the Second World War when our women had to go to work to support the war effort because America was literally running out of ammunition on the battlefield and our men were busy fighting. As women entered the marketplace on a large scale for the first time, children became a logistical nightmare, and society began an accelerated transition from a maternal to a militaristic culture.
The Role of Women in Society
Another cultural transition that dramatically affected the American view of children was the women’s rights movement. I mentioned earlier that women were considered second-class citizens in this country from its inception and didn’t even have the right to vote until 1920. But with the advent of women’s rights came the redefinition of feminine roles. Because men controlled the value systems of our society, they determined which virtues were held in honor and which were disdained. This resulted in masculine virtues being esteemed while maternal roles were demeaned. Consequently, women gained equal rights, but it was only because they submitted to gender cloning and allowed role distinctions to be classed as stereotyping. Basically men said, “If you want to have the same rights as us, then you need to have the same role as we do.”
I often wonder what would have happened if our women had said to their husbands, “I will make you a deal. You stay home with the kids for one month, and I will go to work and do your job.” I have a feeling that, at the end of one month, the men would have gladly given our women equal rights without gender cloning. But that is not what happened. When society’s maternal value eroded, women felt “trapped” at home raising children while watching other women join men in the adventurous world of the workforce. It wasn’t long before children became the stumbling stones of the great adventure, and they were sacrificed on the altar of materialism.
Evolution Is a Fact?
While women were working through their role issues in society, another powerful force was emerging in our country. Darwinism was introduced into our school system for the first time in the early ’60s. Although Darwin’s Theory of Evolution had been around since the mid-1800s, it really gained a foothold in modern thinking during the Sexual Revolution. In my opinion, the Sexual Revolution created the perfect environment for Darwinism to emerge because people were violating their own moral values and were looking for a way to avoid answering to God for the guilt they were experiencing. Charles Darwin gave the world the excuse that they needed to live like hell and not answer to Heaven.
Darwinism basically says that all life, including human life, evolved from the same source over billions of years, and this argument created three important core transitions in our thinking. First, instead of being taught that we were created in the image of God, as people once commonly believed, they were taught that their ancestors were not divine but ape-like. This transformation changed the way that society valued human life because it reduced humanity to smart apes and elevated the animal kingdom to the value of humans. Humans have hunted animals since the beginning of time, so it is easy to see how this value system affected the way we viewed and treated our own kind. Now we protect animals and kill babies.
Secondly, the theory of evolution told us that we came about through a series of cosmic accidents that transpired over billions of years, which signifies that there was no divine design, no purpose for which we came about, and no Creator who loved us enough to die for us. Instead, it’s just us—all alone on this giant rock we call earth. The Theory of Evolution tells us that we are born to die, with no eternity before us and no Heaven after us. This philosophy naturally elevates pleasure as the highest goal of life on this godforsaken planet. “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die” is the motto of Darwinism. As we view life from this perspective, it is not very hard to understand why our maternal instinct has been degraded. Whether we agree with Darwin or not isn’t as important as understanding that his scientific theories have led us to cultural mind-sets that have been ultimately destructive to human dignity and are leading to the demise of human life.
Do you think the theory of evolution is leading to the demise of motherhood? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments below.
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