Publicado el 07-28-2012
The Significance of Family Values in Society
Any time is good to comment about family values. These values in many aspects are in crisis and are being attacked by laws and by customs using modern technology with the complicity, many times, of large business or manufacturing concerns that sponsor with their very expensive ads the diffusion of customs and norms contrary to morality. Those norms and those customs fundamentally weaken the essences of family life in detriment of society.
It is fair to acknowledge, of course, that there still exist an immense number of traditional families where parents fulfill their obligations in the spiritual aspect as well as with respect to the material support to their homes. And, naturally, their offspring are the ones who benefit the most, but also the parents themselves who enjoy a reasonable minimum –to say the least—of the happiness that is felt in a home where love and peace are present, regardless of economic factors.
The family is the foundation of society. There can be no normal and good society, no normal and good nation, if the families that form it are not good as well. This does not mean that absolute perfection, or anything like it, be achievable, although it would be desirable. Absolute perfection corresponds only to God.
Something must be done to check the current disguised under numerous excuses that aims to undermine the foundation of family life. Moreover, more and more efforts are being made to break the moral, historic, and juridical concept of what the institution of marriage is. And when not this case, there are other aspects that attack the normality of families when the parents hardly ever see their children and there is no basic coordination between the home and the school. In shaping the character of school-age children, the home as well as the school are important factors. However, there are some who say that it is not the duty of the schools to teach their students how to be decent individuals because that should be taught at home. And even when at home the parents might know how to form their children, this does not necessarily mean that they have the time that is indispensable to influence their education –which is formation—cooperating with what the schools should also teach beside academic subjects. A separate issue is homes that are deficient in moral behavior or spiritual solidarity which, actually, are not homes.