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Kay Hymowitz joins Brian Anderson to discuss how our social instincts, and especially our social networks, affect our behavior and choices, in areas as wide-ranging as divorce, obesity—and even rioting.
Humans are social animals, as the saying goes. Our social nature, Hymowitz writes in her new story, “The Human Network,” makes nearly everything contagious, from viruses to behaviors. For example, new research suggests that people can, in effect, “catch” divorce from their friends or extended family. But while network science can be a useful tool for understanding human action, it cannot explain why some are more susceptible to social pressure than others.
(Reflections on prior conversations) It’s a fact often remarked on that a lot of us ordinary folk, out here in flyover country, look to celebrities as role models—that we dream of being famous and rich like them, living a lifestyle like theirs—in fact, that many of us want to play-act as if we were celebrities. […]
Have you ever loved something but hated it at the same time? I do. It’s a song by Zac Brown Band called Highway 20 Ride.
Music has a way of transporting a person to a point in time like few other mediums. Many songs do this to me, but Highway 20 Ride is noteworthy, and if you’ve ever been affected by divorce, it might be for you as well.
Okay, guys and gals. WTF is going on here? https://pagesix.com/2018/01/10/huma-abedin-and-anthony-weiner-call-off-divorce/ Preview Open
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America point out the Senate hearings on Michael Flynn produced nothing that wasn’t already known but agree it’s a good thing President Trump removed Flynn after just a few weeks on the job. They also sigh as John Kasich offers a long-winded explanation about why he can’t speculate about running against Trump in 2020. And they discuss the rise of politically-driven divorces, primarily by couples bitterly divided over Trump.
Remember those movie scenes where the tough cowboy throws down a couple of swigs from a bourbon bottle, then bites on a bullet as Doc Adams starts cutting? Here in Casa del Rapkoch we’re all breaking our teeth as the election pulls up. When Marshall Vulgarian rode a bus into town as he frothed at […]
Back in the 1970s, our culture embraced the idea that freedom includes the ability to divorce (ie, reject) a child’s other parent without cause. This is also known as “no fault divorce.” It is commonly viewed as expansion of liberty. It is very common for divorced adults to behave as is if they no longer […]
I just came across this article, written by a young adult whose parents divorced when she was 16. Her name is Talia Kollek. She is defending divorce and advocating for more divorces. I wanted to post this as a comment under her article, but for some reason I didn’t have the heart. So instead I’ll […]
We’ve talked a lot on Ricochet recently about the importance of the preservation of traditional marriage, but how do we make a case for it in our personal relationships with people? A childhood friend called me recently to tell me she was leaving her husband of 15+ years. It was devastating. During high school, we had […]
A taboo is a subject, word, or activity that is avoided because it is offensive or embarrassing. It seems to me that children who are not raised by their married biological parents are subject to a new kind of taboo. They are not encouraged to discuss what it is like to live in a situation where […]
While having an excellent conversation with Ed. G and Basil Fawlty over at Asquared’s SSM-PIT, I made a suggestion about what families should do now that the government is changing its definition of marriage. I think it might be worth it for the entire Ricochet community to consider it. If things are going against your desires with […]
On April 29, 2014 I came home to find my wife of almost 10 years, and mother of my two kids, in bed with another man. This started the the more then year long odyssey to today. Some who have been through this can sympathize, there was the few days of sleeping on my moms […]
The beauty of Ricochet is how one thought spawns another, a true ricochet of thoughts bouncing from one member to the next. David Sussman‘s post on Las Vegas got me thinking about the spiraling effects of lawmakers preying on their constituents’ weaknesses in order to wring every last available dollar out of them for, you know, the children.
Nevada has always been the industry leader. When divorce was a complicated procedure in America, Nevada filled the gap. In 1931, the state simplified its divorce laws and reduced its residency requirement to six weeks. They essentially created divorce tourism. By 1940, almost 5% of the total number of divorces filed in the US were in Nevada.
Divorce resorts cropped up everywhere, but especially in Reno. The town’s name became synonymous with the “quickie divorce.” In The Awful Truth (1937), Cary Grant quips, “The road to Reno is paved with suspicions.”
Marriage itself is a frequent subject here in Ricoland. We poke and prod at what it means today, what it meant in the past, “Traditional Marriage”, “Same Sex Marriage”, whether children are better off being raised by married parents, etc. What we have avoided, however, is Divorce. Sure, we condemn it, we condemn the consequences […]
Part One of this series is located here. How savvy are you about step-families? Do you understand the structural similarity between step-families and same-sex marriage? Take the Step-Family Quiz to test your knowledge. Preview Open
I am pleased to see that the community of natural marriage defenders is taking notice of kids in gay households: Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting Preview Open
We’ve had a pair of gay marriage posts this week on the Member Feed [Editor’s note: Curious? Join!], and there have been a few comments along the lines that Christians focus all their anger on gays, and similarly comments about the easy forgiveness of heterosexual sexual sins. These comments bothered me, but I don’t want to hijack those threads.
In the 20 years or so since I’ve been an active member of congregational churches (yes, those of you doing the math, I started when I was about 10 years old; being a voting member is a matter of salvation and understanding of the doctrine through baptism, not age), and I’ve seen sexual sins brought up a number of times. Almost always heterosexual, and almost always aimed at fornication and adultery (with the balance being about how married people should have sex more frequently).
I follow HuffPostDivorce on Facebook. It’s shocking how much propaganda they promote about divorce and kids. Late last night they promoted this: 15 Life Lessons Kids Learn from Divorce Preview Open