By the way Firefox- just stop it- just bloody well stop it. There is no damn reason for it and I am sick and tired of telling this browser not to update, only to find it has updated again. The only reason I am using you is that IE sucks and Google is the Gestapo. God, when will DuckDuckGo.com actually work right?
Anyway, back to Dilbert.com, the cartoon below was up today on the homepage. I find it both interesting and disturbing both at the same time. It is interesting for its insight into a particular kind of person that I’ve spent most of my life avoiding, that “What can you do for me?” sort of personality. I much prefer the “What can we do together?” kind of relationship. The disturbing part though is that it is one more reinforcement of our social-cultural turn away from “traditional family” structures. Single parent households, with a growing number of single fathers with children, are close to becoming the norm in most of the United States, and already have become so in some parts of Europe, and have been on the rise in Central and South America for a long time too. While I am not at all interested in any of the religious arguments about family structure, I do think that having both genders of parents for a child to interact with is the preferred ideal. Yes of course if one if an alcoholic, abusive, overtly lazy, or just an unbearable jerk, it is better to be without than to suffer. But the cost of raising a family alone can be very high- just ask anyone that has done it.