A night ride home from a talk

Last night as I was returning from Eustis, Florida riding at highway speeds on my motorcycle at some time past 2300 hours a sleepy driver of an 18 wheeler was drifting into the left lane about to push me into the meridian. Lucky for me, I had a motorcycle that had the get up and go to move up to just short of 100 mph or for sure I would have been road kill.
Had to ask myself, why. Not why of the sleepy driver but why talk of Women and Children in the Jails and Prisons of the Nation. At the beginning of every talk I have ever given no one thinks it is a problem. By the time I am finished, no one argues about the scope and magnitude of the problem. However, no one appears interested enough to move off of their chairs to take action.
A baby comes into this world trusting and ready to learn. By sheer luck of the deal, it is destined for prison or a good life. My sense is that more often than not our trusting baby is turned into an addict or criminal not because it is bad but because it represents an asset that that can turn on the cash flow valve of benefits offered by the society.
On the other hand, the driver of an 18 wheeler also speaks to a man that is not at home to round out the basic dynamics of a family. There has to be millions of them. They grow not into responsible family members but become a distant cash cow that pays out for benefits to those that provide no social or physical return for payments made.
Estimates of 15.5 million trucks operate in the U.S.. Of this figure 2 million are tractor trailers. Now, think in terms of 2 million families sitting down to dinner every night without the male role model much less the added strain of a household being run by a woman who has no support 24/7. Then when the male does come home it is to do laundry then a little sex and lots of sleep then back on the road. What a model of life for kids in some 2 million families.
This is the life for some 2 million families and we are now talking some 2 or 3 kids per family of 300 million residents of the US. You can count on these kids starting their own families every 15 to 20 years. And the beat goes on.
Got home about 2330, not a happy camper. Do not have the feeling no one cares and there is precious little hope for change till this house of cards comes crashing down on our shoulders. A house of cards where addictions, 18 wheelers and prisons are the underpinnings of life.
And this is the way it is at 0600 the next morning.

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