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The family-centered culture which developed in America was not the austere pattern developed in England or the profligate pattern which characterized France.
Alexis de Tocqueville compared the American family with that of Europe in the following words: “There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated.
In Europe almost all the disturbances of society arise from the irregularities of domestic life. To despise the natural bonds and legitimate pleasure of home is to contract a taste for excesses, a restlessness of heart, and fluctuating desires.
Agitated by the tumultuous passions that frequently disturb his dwelling, the European is galled by the obedience which the legislative powers of the state exact. But when the American retires from the turmoil of public life to the bosom of his family, he finds in it the image of order and of peace. There his pleasures are simple and natural, his joys are innocent and calm; and as he finds that an orderly life is the surest path to happiness, he accustoms himself easily to moderate his opinions as well as his tastes.
While the European endeavors to forget his domestic troubles by agitating society, the American derives from his own home that love of order which he afterwards carries with him into public affairs.
The American Founders felt that the legal, moral, and social relationships between husband and wife were clearly established by Bible law under what Dr. H. Carlton Marlow has described as “differential” equality. The husband and wife each have their specific rights appropriate to their role in life, and otherwise share all rights in common. The role of the man is “to protect and provide.” The woman’s role is to strengthen the family solidarity in the home and provide a wholesome environment for her husband and children.
For the purpose of order, the man was given the decision-making responsibilities for the family; and therefore when he voted in political elections, he not only cast a ballot for himself, but also for his wife and children. In theory, God’s law made man first in governing his family, but as between himself and his wife he was merely first among equals. The Apostle Paul pointed out in his epistle to the Corinthians:
Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:11.)
An excerpt from: The Five Thousand Year Leap (Kindle Locations 370-372). Verity Publishing. Kindle Edition. Written by: W.Cleon Skousen.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
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