One evening I watched a remarkable program on the Discovery channel about the mysterious killings of numerous rhinoceros somewhere in Africa.
Many rhinos had been found dead after being badly beaten and gorged. It was clearly not the work of poachers who used guns and who took the rhinos’
These rhinos had been brutally beaten and mauled. Who could have done such a thing and why?
Animal experts investigating these unusual rhino killings soon learned that the killers were adolescent male
elephants roaming in small bands. They filmed these bands of teenage elephants chasing the rhinos, teasing them, throwing rocks and dust at them,
pushing them down and preparing to gorge them with their tusks.
I know I quoted quite a bit but I would like to keep it, as I think it is needed for those to lazy to click the source and read the entire article.
I also placed this here because I wasn't sure where to put it, so If need be, feel free to move it to the appropriate category.
I heard about this study today on the radio. They were talking about gun control (what else?) and a man from Mississippi was talking about how
guns were not the problem.
He began to explain how in his city/town there are multiple guns for it's 20,000 constituents, upwards of 80,000, but yet they had one of the lowest
crime rates in the country. He than began to talk about Chicago, and how they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country, yet their violence
and crime rates were through the roof.
He began to explain this study, and how these elephants, without proper male role models were terrorizing parts of Africa, killing one another,
killing other species and were basically delinquents. They obviously knew right away there was no mature males in the group so they did this
experiment and brought other males into the group, and over night, literally over night, the bad behavior stopped.
From then on the young male elephants from then on behaved and became productive members of society.
So I thought I would bring this topic to the wonderful community of ATS, could this be similar to fatherless children?
Fatherless aggression: In a longitudinal study of 1,197 fourth-grade students, researchers observed "greater levels of aggression in boys from
mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households." Source: N. Vaden-Kierman, N. Ialongo, J. Pearson, and S. Kellam, "Household Family
Structure and Children's Aggressive Behavior: A Longitudinal Study of Urban Elementary School Children," Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 23, no.
Violent rejection: Kids who exhibited violent behavior at school were 11 times as likely not to live with their fathers and six times as likely to
have parents who were not married. Boys from families with absent fathers are at higher risk for violent behavior than boys from intact families.
Source: J.L. Sheline (et al.), "Risk Factors...", American Journal of Public Health, No. 84. 1994.
As someone that grew up without a Father, has no criminal past and has made something out of himself today, I am mixed on the notion of this
Maybe we can get some others that grew up without fathers and get their opinions on the subject. That's why I brought it here, for opinions.
As as a man who grew up without a Father, I will, under no circumstance not be there for my children. That is the one thing that having no Father has