Granddad died when I was quite young. When I was 20-something, my dad once remarked how much he missed talking with him. He wished he could still seek granddad’s advice, benefit from his experience. Dad passed a few years ago also, so I now understand that occasional yearning for paternal wisdom all too well.
Not all fathers are wise, of course. All too often in the news these days it seems we hear about the father who leaves an unsecured gun where a child can easily find it. Or the father who makes excuses for sexual assault. Or the father who abandons his son in a forest as punishment.
While it’s easy to point out such egregious fatherhood failures, it’s a far greater parental challenge to raise the bar for ourselves… to raise it for the community in which we live… and to find the time and energy it takes to create meaningful changes.
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
When it comes to the evil of domestic violence, we must encourage fathers everywhere to actively strive towards a better society, one where all individuals are safe in their relationships and can flourish. We must expect fathers to teach their sons early that violence against women is wrong. Because our children learn this truth best when responsible adults in their lives step up and make the conversation happen.
AWP Communications Manager