In today’s culture we need to understand that we live in a techno-centered world.
This means that we are susceptible to anhedonia. In fact, I can identify four effects of anhedonia that you need to be aware of.
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?
Also, due to the length of this post, I have broken it down into two posts. Next week we will have Part 2.
Anhedonia is effecting virtually every aspect of the American Christian home. Below are but a few examples:
1) Our Health
Because of the amount of technology and entertainment, families may be vulnerable to anhedonia–the destruction of the pleasure centers of the brain.
Dr. Archibald Hart states that 80% of Americans have anhedonia. This may sound hopeless.
But, once anhedonia has done its debilitating work in a teen, a detoxification and therapeutic make-over should be what the doctor orders—not medication.
At Shepherds Hill Academy, I get to see it first hand. We know from science and experience that outside stimuli changes body and brain chemistry.
Stimulating a kid with the love, training, nurture, discipline, and truth of God’s Word, Will, and Way; over time, transforms a teen, far more efficiently and effectively than medications.
We see it regularly. This is why so many kids who come to Shepherd’s Hill Academy on bushel loads of medication can leave medication-free at the end of a year.
2) The Church
For the church, the implications of anhedonia are perhaps even more frightening.
Kids will not, on their own, pull away from the immediate pleasures of 21st century adolescence long enough to engage the deeper things of life. They swing, like monkeys on a vine, from one exciting and pleasurable experience to another. Before they let go of one, they’ve already latched on to another. There is no margin to contemplate life’s deeper issues.
The mantra of the 80’s: “He who dies with the most toys wins,” has come home to roost. Now, our kids are playing with all those toys. The result is an anhedonic generation that is not able to perpetuate a biblical worldview to their kids.
George Barna’s statistics bear witness to this fact. With this generation of young Americans so anhedonic, we will need a remnant of committed young people who still get it and who will be willing to stand firm in order to salvage and perpetuate the message of the Gospel.
We will also need this generation to get it in order to perpetuate what our founding fathers and forefathers worked and fought so hard to build and preserve; because, not only are there frightening implications for the church; but, there are frightening implications for our American culture as well.
Next week we will have Part 2 of this post. In the mean time, you can view all our most popular posts on anhedonia in our Anhedonia Index.
Conversation Starter: What are your thoughts on anhedonia and its effects in your home?