Our society largely fails to cultivate young men, to teach them about their fallen natures, and to morally form them to choose love over hate and courage over violence. Thus, the epidemics of addiction, aimlessness, depression, irresponsibility, perversion, selfishness, victimhood, and low expectations continue. Until we face the fact that the root of our problem lies here, the fruit will continue to be bitter. Unless we rebuild the institutions of civil society that cultivate young men—especially the family—there is no way forward.
On Thursday, a Florida jury spared Nikolas Cruz, the gunman responsible for killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, from the death penalty due to his history of mental illness.