Lately, I have spent a lot of my time reading philosophers, mostly of the atheist persuasion. I am a bit of a philosophy nerd, but tonight I took a break from it to try to advance my kindle progress bar in Dostoevsky’s grand Russian novel The Brothers Karamazov. Dostoevsky’s book is basically philosophy in story form-excellent story form. In the book, one of Dostoevsky’s characters comes to the brutal realization that without God everything is morally permissible. The question that arises is, if God does not exist, then on what basis do we say that an action is morally good or evil? As I was reading, I heard a song coming from the TV that I had never heard before titled Follow your Arrow, by Kacey Musgraves. As I listened to the lyrics, I realized that the song is a perfect representation of our culture's full embrace of moral relativism.
Raising children is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet, at least that is what I have heard and am only beginning to experience myself with a 9 month old daughter. I have had numerous conversations with parents who seem to be frustrated with parenting, as it seems raising kids today is much more difficult than in past generations. From tantrums, to fighting with siblings, to blatant disobedience, parents seem at a loss for why their kids won't go to sleep when it's bed time, won't eat their food, and act like a deranged maniac in public.Why does today's generation of children seem more "strong willed" (whatever that means) than when we were kids?