One Problem – Two Solutions…And Two Verrry Different Outcomes.

My son’s 15. 

Son: Dad can you help me?
Me: Sure what?
Son: my bike’s got a puncture
Me: So fix it
Son: Can you help me?
Me: I can, but I won’t.
Son: Urghhh (rolling eyes)

He knows…trust me he knows. This is not the first time

A few minutes later

Son: Mom
Mom: Yes
Son: Can you help me fix my puncture?
Mom: Ok honey.
Me: Nooo!
Fight discussion ensues. I win….this time. Whew.

20 minutes later. Punctures fixed. Who fixed it? 

Well it wasn’t me – and it wasn’t my wife. Imagine that. 

Men….do that. They want their kids to be resilient and strong. So do women but women are wired differently. They nurture and protect in a different way. One is not better than the other. BOTH are required, in balance. 

And it is balance that is way outta kilter on a global level.

Ever since World War II the western democratic world has expanded their social programs. There was a time when education, healthcare, savings for retirement, and a host of other responsibilities were the responsibility of the individual. That’s now a distant memory. And none of this has mattered for a long time, but you know what’s the most dangerous thing we humans do? We extrapolate the recent past into the future..and so the cries for help don’t come with any understanding of how that “help” will be paid for, and even less of an understanding of the ultimate price they’ll pay. If I kept fixing my 15 year old son’s bloody puncture, or a host of other things that he absolutely can and should learn to deal with himself, I’ll end up with a grown man that’s actually not an adult. And there will come a time, when I’m old and doddery and can no longer help him. What’s more he’ll have had an entire lifetime of NOT learning self sufficiency. He will be – in a word – screwed. That is where the western world is today.

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