One of comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s well-known comedy routines was to start out a quip and end it with the line, “I just can’t get no respect.” Usually he used the lines in between to make fun of himself and of life as a man in America in the second half of the 20th century, which we could all relate to in one way or the other. Dangerfield’s routines almost always brought hearty laughs from his audiences. Yet underlying the surface of American life in the second half of the last century and continuing on and worsening today is a very real and damaging phenomenon of disrespect that pervades our entire culture and society as it slides into further chaos, anarchy and decadence, and soon perishes. The purpose of this article is to examine and reveal some of the most harmful effects of this culture of disrespect and the lack of civility which goes along with it. As is the case with the subject of the prior article on effective parenting, it is too late to do anything to halt or reverse his alarming trend, but I hope to alert readers to the phenomenon so that we don’t inadvertently contribute further to it.
In any healthy culture or society, there is inevitably some form of hierarchy of authority, deference, honor and respect accorded to those who have been entrusted with positions of provision, protection, teaching and leadership in the community. No leader can effectively lead those entrusted to his care unless those under his care are willing and prepared to defer to his vision, guidance, inspiration and direction. In strong, growing and healthy communities, leaders are usually chosen for exhibiting vision, competence, character and courage which inspire others to follow and defer to their superior natural leadership skills, training and abilities.
Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language defines respect as “1. Regard, attention, 2. That estimation or honor which men hold the distinguished worth or substantial good qualities of others, 3. That deportment or course of action which proceeds from esteem, 4. Good will, favor.”
Such honor and respect is thus directly linked to the substantial good qualities of those in authority and is essential for those entrusted with leadership responsibilities to get things accomplished voluntarily through others. Early in the growth of any society, culture, civilization or empire, clear lines of authority and responsibility and well-defined roles and responsibilities of the men who are leaders in that society result in order, focus, efficiency and real economic growth. More often than not, the men selected to lead communities in this early stage of development are sacrificial servant-leaders who possess a high degree of moral authority with the other men in their communities. The families in such cultures reflect the attributes of the “trustee family” described by eminent Harvard sociologist Carle Zimmerman in his 1947 book, Family and Civilization in which the husband and father is the undisputed leader and authority entrusted with the provision for and protection of the family unit and clan. As such, the male heads of families were routinely accorded respect and honor in their families and in their communities as they were starting out. In such trustee families, each family member had clearly defined roles and responsibilities and was expected to place the needs of the family unit ahead of his or her individual wants and interests.
Interestingly, it is the trustee family form of social organization that most closely models the teachings of the Bible concerning the roles and responsibilities of husbands, wives and children in families in which the primary response commanded of husbands is to love their wives and the primary response of wives is to respect or reverence their husbands and children are commanded to obey and honor both of their parents. Nowhere is this more clearly spelled out than in Ephesians 5 and 6:
“Nevertheless let every one of you (husbands) in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” Ephesians 5:33 (Parenthetical added for clarity; boldface added for emphasis)
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord (our Adon): for this is right. Honour thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (our Adon).” Ephesians 6:1-4
Throughout the Bible, it commands men to provide for, protect, teach and lead their families in submission and obedience to the commandments of Yahushua and YHWH:
“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ (the Messiah); and the head of the woman is man; and the head of Christ (the Messiah) is God (Eloah).” 1 Corinthians 11:3
Thus, we can see from this latest passage and the ones from Ephesians 5 and 6 immediately prior to this that God has ordained a clear hierarchy of authority and protective responsibility that goes with it in which children respect, obey, honor and submit to their parents (provided that their parents’ directives are “of the Lord” or in obedience to Christ), the wife defers and submits to her husband’s godly leadership and respects or reverences him, the husband defers and submits to and obeys Christ’s commandments and Christ in turn submits to the will of God the Father and all of these responses are designed for the protection of those weaker and less able to defend and provide for themselves. Respect is the glue which holds these social and family relationships together.
As any culture advances, the family and social authority and control relationships begin to blur and to soften. In this middle stage, families generally adopt a model of what Zimmerman refers to as the “domestic family.” Here, the duties of the husband and father are more commonly shared between husband and wife and the duties and responsibilities of the children become more fluid and flexible.
As a culture reaches its peak and begins to decline, the structure of the family changes once again to adopt the attributes of what Zimmerman refers to as the “atomistic family” in which the rights of the individuals in the family, especially those of the wife and the children, become paramount, and in many ways usurp the authority and effective power of the husband and father in matters concerning the family unit. Societally, at this third and final stage of development, a community’s, civilization’s or empire’s leaders reflect the declining morality and growing decadence and depravity of a culture that is bored and in decline. Anarchy, chaos and conflict are more the norm, rather than the exception, within the family in this third and final stage of any culture, civilization or empire. Politically and economically, a society in decline experiences the most ruthless, cunning and depraved psychopaths rising to the top of the power structures, with greed, graft and fraud being common. In this third and final stage of any society, respect and deference toward leaders in any social organization are accorded little, if any, respect and often are mocked, scorned, disrespected, libeled, slandered and abused by the lowest and basest elements of the culture. These behaviors leave the culture ripe to be defeated and taken over by an invading enemy which is more disciplined and committed to the interests of the group over the wishes and aims of its individual members.
What I have just described from a cultural and family perspective is precisely what happened in the fifth century A.D. when the Roman Empire was overrun by the invading barbarian tribes of northern Europe. Today the same can be said of America. We are a society without respect and led by psychopathic leaders and pathological liars who have robbed America blind for decades, As such, they are totally undeserving of our respect and loyalty.
In this final stage of decline in which America now finds itself, husbands and fathers have largely been emasculated and made irrelevant and dispensable by an overly-feminized culture in which many women fail to recognize that their long-term interests and happiness are best served by seeking out and marrying a godly, protective, providing, teaching and leading husband to provide financial, physical, emotional and spiritual protection and security for them and their children. Today, the legal and court system is totally and corrupt and is intentionally rigged against godly men seeking to form a traditional family and raise godly children. In fact our sick and dying culture ridicules such a notion as hopelessly old fashioned and out of date.
Adding to the effects of the demonic philosophy of feminism that is designed to remove protective men from the home and family, “jewish” social activists and social engineers have aggressively promoted the notions of freedom, liberty, individual rights and license to do whatever seems right in their own eyes, just as was the case that is described repeatedly in the Book of Judges in the Old Testament of the Bible. Promoting a license to sin is anything but healthy for any culture or society.
Similarly, the Masonic notion of equality is nothing short of demonic nonsense and foolishness. For example, I am 63 years old, a very well-educated scholar and an accomplished former Chief Financial Officer of troubled high-tech turnaround companies, who is as honest as the day is long. I have uncovered the realities of the Satanic global conspiracy and its many obvious links to end times Bible prophecy and authored or collaborated on the compilation and publishing of six books, including this one, in the last two years. Few people are as intellectually gifted and honest as I am. For most people to suggest they are my equal and that our ideas and beliefs are of equal worth and validity is patently absurd and ridiculous. And yet in a sick and dying culture such as ours, ignorant, arrogant, young and wicked fools routinely try to treat men like me as their equal. They will never be our equal. Not even close. Their failure to recognize our significant advantages over them reveals their foolishness and wickedness yet again.
Equality is a fraud. We are all created unique by God; as varied as snowflakes, no two of which are ever the same. To suggest otherwise, flies in the face of the obvious and manifests supreme disrespect toward those who are older, wiser and more experienced in any society. A wise man will not tolerate such rudeness. He will merely walk away and have nothing to do with wicked and disrespectful fools.
Finally, all healthy and competent men need, crave and expect respect that they have earned from years of hard work and personal growth and maturation. It is on a par with a woman’s need for security. When a society becomes disrespectful of its most competent, accomplished and wise members, such men withdraw and refuse to have anything to do with such a sick, wicked, foolish and broken society. And everybody loses when that happens. Welcome to America today.