We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Thursday, February 4, 2016
How Much Do We Hate Our Children?
Bryant makes a strong case that most adults of our nation must hate their children, particularly children of poor families. However, in doing so he misses the larger picture of a ruling class that "hates" or neglects or exploits everyone who is powerless and vulnerable in society. That goes for the elderly, people with disabilities, the unskilled, the poor, the homeless, etc.
Such behavior is to be expected of a class of people who are addicted to power and it's delivery system of wealth known as capitalism. Thus, it is not helpful to say or imply that "we", except for teachers, hate our children. We must accurately identify the origin of the problem if we are going to solve the abuse or neglect of our children and all the other problems that infect our society and the world.