Last week we discussed two effects of anhedonia: 1) Our Health and 2) Our Churches.
This week we discuss how it is effecting society and our children’s education.
Before I breakdown today’s post if you want to see a humorous example of an anhedonic kid, check out this video. Can you relate to this?
3) Anhedonia’s Effect on Society
Today’s Americans are a people who have little tolerance for pain.
The truth is that we become weary of pleasure before we become weary of pain; because, with pain you always have something to look forward to—which is the relief of the pain.
However, with pleasure, when you just experienced what you thought would bring you the “ultimate,” and it has let you down, where do you go from there?
This plays into the equation as to why kids are cutting themselves today.
Isn’t it interesting that, back in June of 2006, a Fox News report disclosed that 1 in 5 female Ivy League college students are cutting themselves? This report came from two different Ivy League schools.
The affluence of today’s teens has too often offered them a vehicle for an endless pursuit of pleasure that has actually ended up with them experiencing more pain and more suicide than young people in poverty!
It’s just a different kind of pain. It’s actually worse!
4) How Anhedonia Effects Academics
Our educational institutions are teaching our kids what to think; they aren’t teaching our kids how to think!
With the condition of anhedonia now being a virtually undetected epidemic in 21st century America, knowing how to think may not be a necessary component to American life any longer; because, only a free enterprise system really thrives with a thinking people.
What to Do About It
All the devotions, church, VBS, and Sunday school we send our kids to will be of little effect if we parents don’t exercise the faith and insight to teach and live out the Christian faith and worldview in front of our kids. At the same time, there is the need to limit the anhedonia-producing and worldview-shaping stimuli that bombard our kids’ minds each and every day.
Whether we realize it or not, there are a myriad of competing worldview indoctrinations going on through modern technology, and other venues in America today. Worldview indoctrination is virtually every minute of every day—and so much of it is toxic to the impressionable minds that are exposed to it.
This is a call for Christian parents to put limits on their kids’ multitasking habits and to require some balance when it comes to their technological indulgences. We need to raise the bar of accomplishment in certain areas of our kids’ lives—like the things in life that build both body and brain matter and nurture the spirit of a human being.
This is also a call for parents to heed Deut. 6:6-7, “These commandments I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Talk about them when you sit at home; when you walk along the road; when you lie down and when you get up.”
With virtually every American being affected by this issue in one degree or the other, the American church better sound the alarm before anhedonia melts our brains to the point of not even relating the alarm to a crisis.
Conversation Starter: How can your family begin reversing the effects of anhedonia in your home?