|Frederick Cotman; "One of the Family"|
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
It seems pretty evident that the family is essentially counter-cultural in today's society. This claim, if true, does not bode well for our culture, given that the family is the microcosm of society. We all know what happens when a body's cells are in conflict with the body as a whole.
Here is just one example of this conflict on a basic level:
|Engine problems? Call the auto specialist!|
It is dangerous to try to do things that you are not "qualified" to do. If you don't have a license or certificate, it is commonly thought that you cannot possibly do something in a safe and legitimate manner. This is a very common attitude. Any other is thought to be purely irresponsible. And indeed, should you trespass into the realm of specialties (everything is a specialty) for which you do not have some sort of license you are likely to be prosecuted or at least sued.
|Complicated budgeting problems? Call the finance specialist!|
|Colicky newborn? Call the baby specialist!|
|Trying to shed a few? Call a fitness specialist!|
|Don'y buy that beer until you've consulted a beer specialist!!|
The authentic family cannot function in such a system. If it is fulfilling its function, it naturally resists it.
Why? Because the family is a Whole, a Microcosm. We cannot be relegated to being secretaries for our families and our selves.