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Are We Going to Let the Adolescent Inmates Run the Asylum?

The adolescent inmates run the asylum

In the aftermath of school protests, incessant interviews of David Hogg by liberal media, and the march for gun control this weekend, I have one thing to say. “No thanks. I’ll keep my AR.” I have to wonder though, how long are we going to let the adolescent inmates run the asylum?

Student opinions are like teacher…every teacher has one

Now, I know that it may come as a big surprise to some of you, but I don’t really care about the opinions of a few thousand high-school students. I was once their age and recall the considerable influence some of my high-school teachers had on me. Not all of it was bad, but that’s beside the point. Back then I was easily manipulated into becoming a mouthpiece for my teachers cause de jour. My opinions were their opinions, by definition. I suspect that’s the case for most of these young Bolsheviks who hold posters that read, “I’ll pry it from your cold, dead, hands.”

An effort toward unity

I’d like to find a bit of common ground before I go any further though. Children under the age of eighteen are usually not responsible enough to be unsupervised owners of AR15’s. That’s because their brains aren’t fully developed. That is also a good reason to disregard their opinions about public policy. Although that’s basically true, my children are gun owners and were raised to be responsible and safe. It’s obvious that most people haven’t done their due diligence in regards to teaching their children to be responsible adults. That may be a clue to the larger problem of perpetual adolescence in the United States. Maybe it’s not entirely the kids’ fault.

Perpetual adolescence

It hasn’t always been this way. My great, great grandfather marched off to Northern Virginia in 1862 at the ripe old age of fourteen. Several other ancestors of mine went to war, raised families, and made a living at very young ages. They were vastly more adult-like than today’s teenagers. They were raised to be adults, not left to enjoy their adolescence. Happiness is the new end game. The idea of adolescence is a social construct our society pays for daily. We are raising a perpetual dependent class of citizens who offer nothing but complaints and live outside of reality.

Being amoral beings

We haven’t always taught children to be amoral beings either. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of teachers providing a moral structure to students. It’s a house of cards though and the deck is stacked against them. Neo-Darwinism is the game and the hand they’re dealing makes no provision for absolute morality.

You see, if we are mere physical beings, products of chance plus time, we have no reason to believe real moral laws exist. In fact, we have no reason to believe reason exists. If our thoughts are merely chemicals acting upon each other, synapsis firing inside our brains, there is no reason to trust anything we know to be true. C S Lewis put it this way:

“[Naturalism] discredits our processes of reasoning or at least reduces their credit to such a humble level that it can no longer support Naturalism itself.”

Consistency demands that nothing is true if Naturalism is true.

Hypocrisy bites

Finally, if so-called adolescents are able to discern anything, it’s hypocrisy. If they are motivated to excuse their rebellion toward us, that’s their usual justification. We are hypocrites!

Just how consistent are we when it comes to murder?

It’s true though. We are hypocrites. Our society has sanctioned the killing of thousands of unborn human persons each week. Abortion is the leading cause of death of all people under the age of 1 day. Furthermore, our society has made it civilly legal in spite of it’s obvious moral complications and ever-increasing scientific exposure dispelling the old arguments for abortion. Society confesses its revulsion of murder but lives as if it’s tolerable given the consequences of repentance.


Why should we expect anything less? You get out what you put in, right?

If society agrees to teach its future generation that they never have to grow up, there is no moral absolute, and indiscriminate human abortion is the status quo, why are we surprised when they follow through? If an immature young person walks into a school and kills indiscriminately, what has he done wrong according to the curriculum?  He is only being consistent with what he’s been taught.

That’s a bit simplistic, I know. It’s also harsh. But, it makes more sense than civil war. Make no mistake, that’s what repealing the 2nd Amendment will produce, despite what the comments on your Facebook news feed seem to reveal. It’s what  gun owners in the United States have been preparing for since the repeal of the assault weapons ban in the 90’s. I know. I deliver their ammo.

Don’t judge me.

Sure, I am compassionate about those young people who are genuinely afraid. It’s similar to the compassion I share for those who fear death, or life after death. The solution is also similar. Teach them the truth.

To say I’m compassionate for fearful people  is meaningless unless I am willing to help them understand their fear is unfounded in reality. It’s time we all considered how we can do a better job at that.

Take back the asylum!

Should we reconsider how and what our schools teach? What about giving students another option when it comes to origins and morality?

Are we satisfied with the lack of responsible adults populating colleges? Will we continue to raise the age of responsible adulthood in favor of perpetual adolescence? How long will happiness be the primary virtue?

Will we become consistent moral teachers? Are we ready to match public policy to science and philosophical morality in regards to human abortion? Or, will we continue to speak out of both sides of our mouths?

To the thousands of David Hoggs out there who are holding their fists high, demanding I relinquish my natural right to resist tyranny I say, “that’s nice, now go back to school.” To the rest of us I ask, how long are we going to let the adolescent inmates run the asylum?





I was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, born again at a very young age, married a beautiful and likeminded woman, moved to Tennessee, and raised two children in the Southern traditions of loving God and neighbor, exercising manners, and being stewards of the land and its bounty. After becoming involved in youth ministry in our local church, the need of teaching people "what they believe and why they believe it" became painfully apparent, especially in my immediate context (rural Southern churches). We began an apologetics/theology ministry there but have since moved on. After serving in church leadership and being called to faithfulness and duty to protect our congregation from a rogue pastor under church discipline of his previous church, my experiences in this biblical process shape much of what I believe about how churches in the South have become weak and why nominal Christianity is prevalent. I love the Church and Southern culture so you can expect to read about apologetics and theology as well as church and culture here, written southern style, by the grace of God. Deo Vindice

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