As my wife and I drove home from yet another family Christmas gathering, we passed by another gathering. The concrete was crowded under the bridge, homeless folks seem to be multiplying. We even saw a baby carriage underneath the steel girders that span a small section of Michigan Avenue. On the corner was the same guy with a sign asking for money to buy food. All of this is within 2 blocks of Buffalo's City Mission.
Some folks are hurting and some folks are users - they use other people using poverty as a tool. I know that people have a choice, but that choice may be shrouded in pride and self-pity. Some folks are just too proud to ask for help. Some folks don't know what help is. Poverty, addiction and violence seem to be incubators for the growth of mental deficiency.
At the root of societal decay can be found a disease called "dad-deficiency." Absentee fathers who purposely avoid their parental responsibilities cause widespread carnage that's generationally contagious. In some jails, there are 3 generations of men - sons, fathers, and grandfathers. Incarceration, poverty, addiction, violence, and low educational achievement are common in homes where the deficit-dad has left his mark of absenteeism.
What can be done to bring healing and prevent further spread of deadbeat dad disease?
Teaching leadership beginning in elementary school is an excellent antidote to deficiency on many levels. The most important trait of a leader is self-examination. If your own personal habits are not worthy of replication in another human being, then you need to get rid of those habits. Accepting responsibility for our actions is another hallmark of leadership. Personal accountability extends self-respect as an olive branch of servant-leadership to other people. Recognize your own hunger for a father and feed your hunger by becoming a father.
Teaching leadership in our schools will raise grades and reduce dad-deficiencies.
"The future will be fed by the hunger we create today."
Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody.
8 Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.