News reports are trumpeting findings which, if true, show that our society has fallen even lower than I had thought. A study of almost 1000 Texan women found that they ranked watching television high on the list of activities that give pleasure, while taking care of children was low—almost as low as doing housework.

Although the researchers claim that the results probably apply more broadly, I believe that the population they studied greatly affected the results: all of the women had jobs outside the home. Thus their childrearing activities had to be fit into their "spare time," not a situation conducive to choosing the effort of working with children over a mindless collapse in front of the TV.

I'm grateful that I know many people for whom making a home and raising a family are among the highest pleasures of life. They are the hope of the world and the strength of the future.
Posted by sursumcorda on Friday, December 3, 2004 at 9:12 am | Edit
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