Some truths are basic. They are so basic that they are deeply in-grained, etched consistently and insistently, both within and outside of our beings. Such is the basic truth of marriage and family. Those who oppose this truth bitterly may resort to something we often do: we cover up. We put rugs over marred surfaces of our floors. We spray air freshener to hide bad odors. We use cosmetic surgery to fool the senses about how old we really are. Yet some truths are so obvious that they stand out. Even our children pick them up. There is no need to lecture them in primary school about the nuclear family having a mother and a father. They pick it up because they can see for themselves. Those who seek to club this truth to a pulp claw desperately for their last option: they must paint over it with their own doctrines, and they have to do it very early, in primary school.
God help us.
The trouble with the air freshener mentality is that, no matter how much nicer the air seems to smell, it doesn't get rid of the toxins. No matter how much younger those faces may look, it does not help them live a day longer -- for that you need good food, exercise, lots of water and sleep -- stuff that matter in substance, not appearance. The truth sucks, but it beats a vehemently self-inflicted delusional state any day of the week. People who settle for manufactured truths are settling for crumbs. They should just wake up and work on their problems, not on the cover-up. They deserve better.