It used to be called Poverty, but now it's called Child Poverty because Daddy has a Harley.
Sin is a choice.
For example, we know that the psychology of crime requires that the criminal diminish the status of the target. The victim has to be less than equal to the needs and urges of the criminal's high holier-than-Thou self. Sin is similar in that the sinner is (hopefully, temporarily) unable to perceive and accommodate the needs of others. Are we all sinners? Sure. We all do come into this world as a baby, and the world just seems to swirl around us, meeting all our needs (eventually). A baby is unaware that their survival depends on the work, attention and commitment of others. A baby is unable to give back. Because we come into the world as perfectly selfish babies, we do all share in the fallen state of man; all sinners, every one, at that certain age.
The point is to raise a child to get over it. Though difficult, civilization depends on it. Why would parents attempt to raise children without pointing them towards God, however conceived? Teaching respect and reciprocity is so much harder without a Church/Mosque/Synagogue. Even the ancient idol worshipers understood how to model respect for the "not-me", even if God was "only" a block of wood (or more likely a tree). Perhaps the Church has become irrelevant precisely because the holiness of God has been compromised by the "God-is-male-like-me" cult. The Otherness of God is no longer pertinent to the purpose.
We can look back at the Roman Empire, the Chinese Empire, the Persian Empire, etc., and criticize the modes of conduct as immoral. And it's true, we moderns are appalled by cruelty as we can now hear the voices of the affected, thanks to the media. Freedom of speech is a great thing, but it's not the only thing.
The spectacle of un-raised over-aged babies throwing temper tantrums in public, ...indeed murderous random rampages ...., to such a spectacle the ancients would be shocked. Not that evil could happen, but that such evil would be tolerated and rewarded with wall to wall media coverage. If the mass murderer can't command our Presence he'll extinguish it. This violence has only one purpose; to command our attention and dominate our Presence. We allow it.
Then comes the avalanche of medical model explanation, as if the attempt to raise children without an "Other" God could be fixed with enough doctors. Doctors are, after all, just another vendor from the customer's point of view. When that consumer is a murderer, customer service is just another round of self centering manipulation, medical or not.
The difference between a wild animal and a pet is that the pet values our Presence. Presence is what enables response. People who get results from other people practice Presence, just ask a teacher or a hooker.
And for parents, the fact is Presence costs. Someone has to pay for the sacrifice of career and social opportunities. When no one pays, we call that a single parent, but there is no such thing. It's a biological impossibility. Social Services can mitigate some of the damage, but no amount of money can model respect for the privilege of reproduction. When reproduction is not a privilege, neither is life. When sex is expensive, reproduction is a privilege and life is precious.
One in five children live below the poverty line, which in the United States does not mean that they're starving for food. It means they're starving for attention and security. It means they're starving to see their parent treated with respect and status. A woman who fails to deprive a boy of sex fails to create a man. When you put out for a boy that's all you'll end up with. A girl has to grow up too; holding out for a man is her responsibility. Child poverty is not the fault of the taxpayer; it's her fault.
Lack of time and security impairs Presence. A child that does not perceive the cost of a human life and the investment children require, has no stake in protecting the outcome. No stake in the struggles of the ancestors to get us this far, no stake in the family, no stake in the schools, no stake in the government....
Nothing to lose and everything to gain by becoming infamous....with one big public flame out, a suicidal potency that compels our Presence. What a baby!
"I wouldn't impose costs on someone I love. (That's what taxpayers are for.) Besides he'll call me a whore."
Who is Satan?
Satan dwells among us whenever we look around and attribute the cause of evil to some metaphysical being beyond human control. The common conception of Lucifer enters the Bible at Isaiah:
Isaiah 14:12-15 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the depths of the Pit.
In context this is an oracle against the king of Babylon (see Isaiah 13:1,17,19 and 14:4,16-20) just as similar language in Ezekiel 28:12-19 is an oracle against the king of Tyre. A man (Nebuchadrezzar) like a star has ascended to heaven (Jerusalem) to usurp the throne of God as his own, but he is cast down instead (supposedly by the Medes, dating the text to before 550 bce). Likewise Jeremiah 50-51 takes up similar allusions to castigate this same King.
Although mythical elements have been appropriated from Canaanite mythology, there is clearly human agency for the cause of evil. The problem with allowing a metaphysical cause for evil is that it projects a second deity into heaven. People who believe in the Satan are as guilty of usurping the throne of God for the devil as Lucifer himself. Monotheism cannot coexist with dualism. But by the time of Jesus, the Jewish world had been widely contaminated by Persian dualism. As Elaine Pagels explains in The Origin Of Satan, p. 47:
"...dissidents began increasingly to invoke the satan to characterize their Jewish opponents; in the process they turned this rather unpleasant angel into a far grander--and far more malevolent--figure. No longer one of God's faithful servants, he begins to become what he is for Mark and for later Christianity--God's antagonist, his enemy, even his rival. Such sectarians, contending less against 'the nations' than against other Jews, denounce their opponents as apostate and accuse them of having been seduced by the power of evil, whom they call by many names---Satan, Beelzebub, Semihazah, Azazel, Belial, Prince of Darkness."
When people can no longer talk about the conflicts between them, leaders can unite them nonetheless by projecting a hateful "Other-over-there" to blame for the impasse. Devil baiting is a tactic to stop communication, compromise or resolution. And make no mistake, the group that promotes the inertia is the party able to impose costs onto those not sharing in the benefits.
Unfortunately, the Public Schools have become the location of devil baiting when it comes to sex. What? By teaching the nuts and bolts of the physical alone, sex education is misrepresenting the social and developmental dimensions of sex. Biology is the least of it, yet that's all the schools give children "for their own protection". Most parents in fact recognize that children are naturally so cruel that the only protection is abstinence. Any future marriage will depend on the skill of abstinence. From a foundation of abstinence, children learn that to live is to negotiate, and to negotiate is to make words matter.
The definition of a slave is someone whose work is appropriated by the recipient, no value attributed and no pay required. Such is the sexual free-for-love girl. American Public Schools are slave factories. There boys learn that Men who honor and pay for whores are nothing but fools. Then these same boys can't offer to support a wife because any woman worth paying for turns him into a fool. So we're at an impasse, unless she agrees to be a slave for love....but if that's the case, why does he have all these growing obligations? She's a whore! He's outta here. Let the taxpayers bear the costs.
Public Schools communicate this: Men who pay for whores cannot be in the same country as boys who won't. It's simple; a man who supports his own family cannot afford the level of taxation required by the free ride. Previous generations did not create men willing to support a wife by playing "hard to get". Women were in fact "hard to get". Women who were easier charged by the minute. In no case did a boy avoid negotiating (as if all girls were like mommy).
In the universe of American Public Schools men who pay for sex have become the secular Satan. That puts them in very good company. Besides lesbians, I refer to no other people than the Jews. In John chapter 8 Jews became the children of the devil for two millennium of Christians (Pagels; p.103). Why, Jesus himself is said to be possessed of Beelzebub in Mark 3:22. And then Peter is called Satan in Mark 8:33 by none other than...Jesus. Yet, on this rock I will build my Church (Matthew 16:18).
Devil Baiting...it's just rhetoric!
Public Schools Teach This:
Take sex back from children through free speech.