“We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings.”

Fighting Against Apathy

The above quote is from Helen Keller, making it all the more pertinent. Helen Keller was both deaf and blind but somehow broke through her massive impediments in communication.

Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a prolific author who was well travelled and outspoken in her convictions. She was an early advocate for women’s suffrage when feminism had not yet been taken over by Cultural Marxist man-haters.

Helen Keller achieved so much, despite being unable to hear or see. Women such as Helen Keller give my wife and I hope and encouragement as we struggle to inspire dads to be the best they can be for their children.

Watch this short two-minute video called “How to Stop Being Apathetic” with Jordan Peterson and Heather Heying.

 

Apathetic or Non-Existant Fathering

I have written about this subject before, but as author Thomas Wolfe said, “I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once.”

Dads4Kids has a vision to promote ‘excellence in fathering’ as the new ‘norm’ for Australian dads. Our goal is simple: every child thinks that they have the best father in the world. Why not endeavour to live up to your child’s expectations?

Sure, you will fail, but why not fail trying? As Franklin T. Roosevelt once said,

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checked with failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in a grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat”.

Over a million Australian children will go to bed in a home tonight where Dad is not in the home. Millions more will go to sleep in a home where Dad is home, but checked out long ago; the lights are on, but no one is home.

It is my belief, and that of many who understand the data from social science figures, that fatherlessness is the single biggest problem our nation faces. All the other problems seem bigger: increasing levels of drug addiction, sex addiction, and alcohol addiction but they are in most cases directly related to fatherlessness.

What about increased levels of criminal behaviour, juvenile delinquency, poverty, child sex abuse, child physical abuse and mental health issues? All these problems have their roots in fatherlessness, or the father wound. They can all be traced back to one and the same thing – the absence of a committed, involved, responsible, protective, and loving father.

So, we know the problems and the answer but what is the single biggest obstacle we as men face trying to solve the problem?

The answer to that is found in one word – APATHY! It is not the government, it’s not the ‘system’, it’s not the feminists, it’s not the media (although they sure don’t help), it’s not Big Tech, it’s not society (though it’s really in a bad way), it’s not our family, it’s not our wife and it’s not our children. It’s US.

As a famous man once said, I have met the enemy and the enemy he is us”. As Jimmy Buffet said with his wry sense of humour, Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don’t know and I don’t care.”

Treating Apathy

So, what is the answer in our struggle to turn the tide of fatherlessness that is afflicting our nation?

Dr Robert Lewis, founder of Men’s Fraternity, helped launch the authentic manhood movement. Stu Weber, in the forward to one of Dr Robert Lewis’ books, Raising a Modern Day Knight writes,

“Our culture is in deep trouble, and at the heart of its trouble is its loss of a vision for manhood. If it’s difficult for you and me as adult males to maintain our masculine balance in this gender-neutral culture, imagine what it must be life for our sons, who are growing up in an increasingly feminised world.”

Dr Robert Lewis said,

“A real man is one who rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously and expects the greater reward, God’s reward.”

He’s right. It is my belief that all men have a passivity gene somewhere tucked away in our DNA molecule. Mark Gungor, who established the curriculum for ‘Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage’, makes light of it the below video clip Men’s Brains, Women’s Brains.

 

It’s easy to laugh at the problem of passivity. It is the root cause of our apathy as men, but if we don’t get rid of this molecule of apathy resident in our male DNA, it will kill us.

Dan Millman said,

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt and fear”.

Arnold J Toynbee, one of the world’s most famous historians said,

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite plan for carrying that idea into practice”.

Where am I going with all this? I am trying to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and set yourself to achieve extraordinary results for your children; to become the dad your children deserve.

To do this you have to have a plan, and you must make it happen.

One more thing, and it is just my opinion: you have to get help from the ‘Big Fella Upstairs’, as Ian Watson called Him.

Lovework

Follow Toynbee’s words:

Get enthusiastic.

Get an idea, make sure it’s a high one.

Formulate a plan.

Put your plan into practice.

Yours for having a plan,

Warwick Marsh

PS Last Wednesday you received a very special invitation to the Men’s Leadership Summit, 4–6 August 2023 at Stanwell Tops.

Yes, Dads4Kids has a plan, but our plan needs your help.

Will you do one of three things, or perhaps all three?

  1. Seriously consider coming to the Dads4Kids Men’s Leadership Summit.
  2. Tell other Dads about this exciting opportunity.
  3. Give a donation to help Dads4Kids fund this exciting opportunity to benefit the children of Australia.

Watch the Men’s Leadership Summit invitation video below:

 

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Photo by Peter Conrad on Unsplash.

Published On: May 26th, 20230 CommentsTags: , , , , ,

About the Author: Warwick Marsh

Warwick Marsh has been married to Alison Marsh since 1975; they have five children and nine grandchildren, and he and his wife live in Wollongong in NSW, Australia. He is a family and faith advocate, social reformer, musician, TV producer, writer and public speaker. Warwick is a leader in the Men’s and Family Movement, and he is well-known in Australia for his advocacy for children, marriage, manhood, family, fatherhood and faith. Warwick is passionate to encourage men to be great fathers and to know the greatest Father of all. The Father in Whom “there is no shadow of turning.”

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