I ran across some interesting statistics last evening. The out of marriage birthrate in the United States in 1940 was 3%. A little caveat that goes hand in hand with this statistic is there was little to no means of contraception available back then, and abortion was unheard of. During the sexual revolution of the 1960's that rate increased to 5%, then it blossomed to 18.4% in the 1980's.
Would it surprise you that in today's world of free contraception, and on demand abortion, that rate has skyrocketed to 39.6%? This is in addition to the 750,000 abortions performed last year.
We have raised a generation or two that fails to consider long term consequences. Being this is one of the concepts of the successful individual, it certainly should set off alarm bells about the future. I think I'm beginning to understand now why America is slipping into a country of dependency. Actions are not thought through, and outcomes are not considered. Why not vote for government dependency when you cannot look far enough down the road to fathom it's a sacrifice of your liberty? Our culture is living in the moment. We've become so accustom to having what we want, when we want it, that it's become unusual to think farther ahead than our next trip to a drive through.
This can only be defeated by learning the principles of delayed gratification and applying long term thinking. Quite frankly the opposite has reached epidemic proportions and is threatening our freedom, and soon our very existence. We have to remind ourselves the four overarching desires in life are...
1) A life of purpose
None of those will exist without long term thinking and practicing delayed gratification. Live it...Teach it!