The deconstruction of the traditional family, with the aim of its destruction, has been at the top of the list for many major international organisations and foundations, many of whom are inspired by Marxist and Communist policy.
Their agenda is quite broad. The “empowerment” of women is sponsored by the most radical of feminist activists, those that reproduce and replicate the worst of machismo and misogyny and intend to achieve nothing more than the annihilation of man and the denial of motherhood. The liberalisation of abortion and euthanasia dismisses the value of the inviolability of life and, as such, breaks the sacred bond between generations. The implementation of the gender ideology, and the promotion of its associated new cultural and social revolution, deprives parents of the right to decide which values their children should learn during their formative years and their education.
These organisations intend, through the encouragement of reckless State intervention, to subvert the natural family model, even though the concept of family existed well before anything resembling modern statehood. The diminishment and deconstruction of the traditional family has driven the increase in selfish isolation from responsibility and commitment and replaced it with the promotion of micro-households and the singular pursuit of material prosperity.
Now, at a time of global health, social and economic crisis, we are clearly witnessing these messages continuing to be promoted. Provocatively, at a time when the world is literally fighting for life and when families in confinement seek to protect themselves and take care of themselves, we are witnessing numerous appeals to “abolish the family” or that it should be the priority for national governments to ensure access to abortions.
Across the world millions of people are confined to their homes and are no longer caught up in the same daily grind of professional life. Now, worries and duties about the home are inescapable.
Mothers and fathers are taking care of their school-age children full time. Many adults have returned to their family homes to be closer to their families and parents in these challenging times. Children look at their weakened, sick or elderly parents with concern.
In continuous and forced cohabitation, parents are constantly at the call of their children. Even the most remote or least used areas of the house that are no longer ignored as families try and use every possible inch of their space.
Untouched furniture now know its first dents; there are little children in noisy runs between rooms, repeated conflicts; adolescents who isolate themselves in their bedrooms in virtual worlds, avoiding their parents and parents who insist on assigning additional housework to children who want to be quiet and peaceful. Additionally, spouses face adversity not least because despite the additional time in the same building it may not result in spending that time together.
The elderly and the sick feel alone in their pain and discomfort, and children and spouses who are primary caregivers face despair, given their lack of rest and sleepless nights, and face exhaustion.
Some will not be able to bear this heavy burden: they either never loved or did not realise that love is action, a commitment requiring a lifetime of sacrifice and altruism. But those who fight for their families will come out stronger from this crisis.
The smiles and laughter, the hugs, the support, the kindness, the sharing, the “I love you” or “I miss you”, the confidence that families do not abandon each other – the essence of the family that overcomes all difficulties.
This explains the despair of those who have invested so much in the path of destruction of Christian values; with the family as a foundation of society where solidarity, mutual aid and charity are learned.
There is no ideology that can overturn these values, nor State replace them, because the great difficulties, suffering and fear can only be overcome in one structure, before any other: the family.
For the first time in years, many have the opportunity to stop and consider their lives – to step back from almost everything and everyone, be silent, reflect and understand what really moves them, motivates them, and to reassess what is truly essential.
Joana Bento Rodrigues
Joana is an orthopaedic and trauma surgeon. She is also interested in civic causes; including the preservation of Christian family values, gender ideology and feminism. She is a member of Tendência Esperança em Movimento’s executive committee – a political grouping in the Portuguese Christian Democratic Party (CDS).
Este artigo resulta da tradução adaptada do artigo “A Família morreu?“, publicado em 1 de Maio de 2020 no Observador.