Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Fatherhood.gov

I was treated to the government sponsored commercial below while warming up at a restaurant after my cold lake swim this morning.  Yes, the US government is giving lessons on what it means to be a father.

Back in the time, we didn't have these videos.  A father would grab himself a woman, and take care of her and their offspring for life.  When they were hungry, he would go out and kill a wooly mammoth or wrestle a crocodile.  He would also need to offer protection from the neighboring troglodytes.  The children would initially be mostly in the care of their loving mother, and only later come to admire the determination of their father and his example of tireless caring in spite of the hardship.

We have a different model today.  The dad's role is to do constructive baby sitting for someone else's kid while her mom is off to the grocery store with a load of food stamps.  Protection is provided by lawyers who get judges to issue cease and desist orders against roving corporate preditors.  My how times have changed.

9 comments:

Russell Norman Murray said...

'Yes, the US government is giving lessons on what it means to be a father.'

2/3 videos I have just watched via email have Tom Selleck as voice.

An okay video, but gov. has its limits of course. The family from generation to next needs to teach family.

Delirious said...

It's sad that our society has to be taught how to parent. This post reminded me of this video: http://youtu.be/R5FxdCgD-qI

Max Coutinho said...

Hi Looney,

I actually liked that video. It made me laugh.
Now, on a serious note: I understand the need for this kind of video (and the ethnicity of the dad, child and granny is not a coincidence). In America, black men just make babies and leave their women to take care of the children (or to neglect them, like in some cases) - R Kelly even had a song saying "Any man can make a baby, but it takes a real man to be a father" which reflected this family values crisis in the American Black community.

Things must change and the government is trying to plant the seed for that change (it would save the state a lot of money; because a good structured family will prevent people from ending up in jail, will encourage people to study, to work, to do something for the country etc).

I like your description of a family though...it reminds me of mine lol.

Cheers

Looney said...

@Russ, indeed, the family is the primary teaching unit. But what to do when the family has broken down?

Looney said...

@Delirious: I very much like that video. It gives a modernized version of traditional (aka biological) family.

Looney said...

@Max, certainly the black family's plight in America is heart breaking. Unfortunately I think that America's intellectuals are desperately trying to spread the worst of the black family dysfunction to the rest of society, and the government along with the US Constitution are the vehicles that are being used to accomplish this goal.

Rummuser said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2BbQ45h3JY

Looney said...

@Ramana, nice video.

Looney said...

@Ramana, nice video.