What Passes for Greatness

Coverage of Celebrity Deaths Always Misses the Mark Posted by Vincent DiCaro As a lover of movies and good acting, I…

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What Passes for Greatness

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Coverage of Celebrity Deaths Always Misses the Mark Posted by Vincent DiCaro As a lover of movies and good acting, I am saddened by the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this past weekend from an apparent drug overdose in his apartment in Manhattan. I was particularly fond of his turns in Doubt, The Master, and Punch-Drunk Love.  But despite my admiration for him as an artist, I can’t help but feel sickened by the tragedy many celebrities seem to leave in their wakes when they die unexpectedly like Hoffman just did. And the tragedy is only deepened by what is almost always very shallow media coverage of their deaths, which is typically characterized by overly sentimental “worship” of the deceased while ignoring what their selfish choices meant to their families. Hoffman was the father of three elementary school-aged children. Despite what a fine actor he was, his children are going to grow up without their dad. As a father, I have to ask myself what would drive me to essentially kill myself when I have my children to take care of. Sadly, it does not seem as though his kids gave his life the purpose he needed to carry on. Indeed, the story of his death provides an even more depressing insight into his passing, perhaps a microcosm of a larger issue that may be revealed as time passes. According to CNN.com, Hoffman was last seen alive at 8 p.m. on Saturday. He was expected to get his children on Sunday, but didn’t show up. In other words, he overdosed the night before he was to go pick up his children. But even though it is clear that the greatest victims here are those precious children,

The Father Absence Crisis in America

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The Father Absence Crisis in America   “24 million children in America grow up without their father at home.” —United States Census Bureau Posted by Ryan Sanders on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 @ 01:40 PM   There is a crisis in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America—one out of three—live without their biological father in the home. Consequently, there is a “father factor” in nearly all of the societal issues facing America today. Research shows when a child is raised in a father-absent home, he or she is… 1) Four Times More Likely to Live in Poverty Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. (U.S. Census Bureau) 2) More Likely to Have Behavorial Problems Children of single mothers show higher levels of aggressive behavior than children born to married mothers. (Journal of Marriage and Family) 3) Two Times Greater Risk of Infant Mortality Infant mortality rates are nearly two times higher for infants of unmarried mothers than for married mothers. (National Center for Health Statistics) 4) More Likely to go to Prison One in five prison inmates had a father in prison. (Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs) 5) More Likely to Commit Crime Study of juvenile offenders indicated that family structure significantly predicts delinquency. (Journal of Youth and Adolescence)

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