Rick on Life – The Fatherless Pandemic (Part 3)
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With your Host: Rick Amitin
We’ve established the pandemic. 24 million kids are growing up without their biological fathers in the home. That’s 24 million affected kids.
The medical community needs far less to sound the alarm. Since smallpox has been eradicated just two cases would be enough to declare an outbreak. The SARS scare of 2003 left 800 hundred dead and called an epidemic. In 2016, it’s estimated that 1 million people died from HIV and called a global crisis and labeled a pandemic. And yet, 24 million kids facing fatherlessness is scarcely mentioned.
I think fatherlessness is at the center of the greatest social ill of our time. Our kids are being placed in harm’s way. It’s more than the human aspect…it has a spiritual component.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
Rest assured, it’s a multi-layered and complicated issue. With more branches than we can count. At the heart of the matter lies a breakdown of principles that are necessary for remedy. We are looking at some of the fiercest challenges we’ve, perhaps, ever faced. But, unless we are willing to confront the foundational issues that are rocking our nation we minimize hope. We can continue to blame external factors or we can find the courage to realize our faults lie within.
It’s not only the children who are drowning in the fatherless dynamic. Many adults are limping through their lives with the wounds of broken and missing fathers. Some are repeating the mistakes their dads made without even knowing that’s what they’re doing. Caught in the cycles of dysfunction.
We’ve been distracted by self-centered special interests. Treating our kids like pawns on the gameboard of parental disputes. Allowing our kids to be used as currency to fund a corrupt industry made up of departments of family services, lawyers, and foster care. Often removing children from homes without just cause in order to make quotas to obtain more funds to keep the industry going.
Young people between the ages of 15 – 25 are committing suicide at the rate of 1 every 2 hours and 11 minutes. And, a whopping 63 percent hail from fatherless homes. We’ve branded fathers as disposable, irrelevant, and unnecessary to the well-being of their children. We have been wrong and it’s time to acknowledge the error of our ways.
Moms and dads can part company, get over each other, find new companions, and move on with their lives but, the kids are left with good questions where there are no good answers. It’s time to consider the difference between what is common and what is normal.
If you don’t think fathers are an essential part of a child’s development then I ask you to measure the fatherless hole they’re living with and see if it isn’t the exact size of their dad.
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About your Host: Rick Amitin is a Writer, Author, Blogger, Poet, Inspirational Speaker, Founder of rickamitin.com, and Host of “Rick on Life“. Rick is a contributing columnist for Read My Mind Magazine, an online and hard copy publication. Rick is published on various platforms including, twodropsofink.com, a Top Ten (10greatest.com) literary blog.
Rick published his first book, If Only I Had a Dad: Finding Freedom From Fatherlessness, a Memoir in December 2016. He has also published a Companion Workbook of the same title. Rick is currently working on a book of inspirational and thought-provoking poetry as well as his second book.
Rick is an Ordained Minister, traveled extensively as an Evangelist, and Pastored several churches before embarking on his journey as a Transformational Life Coach. As a Certified Behavioral Analyst, with the Institute of Motivational living, Rick believes determining why we do what we do is critical to effecting positive change in our individual lives.
Rick is in the final stages of developing an online training platform to accompany his live events, and one-on-one coaching sessions. Rick has attended countless seminars and training programs in personal development and has acquired an awareness of the deep disconnection brought on by a lack of understanding of the principles of compassion, empathy, and love. Rick is an optimist and believes strongly that the key to peace of mind, and a more peaceful world is found in personal responsibility.
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Rick has been married to his wife, Tina, for 36 years. Has three grown children, four granddaughters, one grandson and three great-grandsons.
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