Title: Socialcide: How America Is Loving Itself to Death
By: Leo J. Battenhausen
Review Date: November 22, 2014
A CBM Book Review
10.0 out of 10.0
Socialcide: How America Is Loving Itself to Death by Leo J. Battenhausen is a fascinating book that presents America’s plight from a nation once under God to a godless society. The author states, “My conscience kept bringing me back to the need to present the plague of problems that we face in America today as a growing absence of God and goodness in our culture.” His focus is multi-faceted and from a socialistic, psychosomatic and spiritual perspective; the author also describes the younger generation known as the “Millennial” born from 1980 to 2000 to be an increasingly narcisstic society, lacking in family values/morals that has led to a huge “nosedive” as the author states, in society as a whole – but as you will see the lack of God’s values, parenting and social skills has complicated this matter. In hopes of diagnosing the problem and giving an understanding of the spiritual side of the physical realm we live in on earth, the author has given an antidote: return to the God of the Bible, values and kindness before we as a nation, are utterly destroyed from the inside out.
Unequivocally, America has become a selfish and greedy county, self-absorbed and is trying to push God out of the consciences of the souls of America to Satan’s delight. Addressing moral and spiritual dilemmas of our nation, the author first focuses on the family crises that exist in our nation. The author briefly states how life was in 1978, compared to how life is today with all the technology and the loss of social interaction and parental guidance. This is one of those books that opens eyes and brings insight from an author with a clinical background as a psychologist, offering hope that in “knowledge” America will wake-up to the fact to spirituality and understand the difference between good and evil; leading others to a knowledge of God that are for mankind’s own good.
Within this, the author has stepped out of the realm of his profession to write something “out of the box” not based on clinical data, studies and theory; rather, Battenhousen has connected the dots (so to speak) to understanding the human condition and restoring families back to God. Filled with impactful quotes, the author states his case throughout that never before has America witnessed such a moral decline and prevalence of evil, lust, greed and self-indulgence. His hopes are that many will understand the plight of America’s woes and turn back to God, in hopes of restoring core family beliefs and values within a Christian foundation
It saddens me that so many can become depressed or believe they are somehow missing out on life by looking at others’ FB posts. You know the one’s they are referring to…”oh my son just won the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in being BEYOND WONDERFUL!” or “Here we are relaxing in the South of France….and this is us, happier than ever dining on fresh caught swordfish on our $20,000,000 yacht!” Then there’s, “Well…Bill and I are off to our winter vacation home in Costa Rica!” Blah, blah, blah…
We also all know the ones that claim, “In a new relationship! Me and my honey have never been happier!” or “I just bought this new dress for my dream date tonight in NYC with the love of my life!”
Really? How simply wonderful!!! But! Is it believable? Don’t be so sure. And if it IS, understand that truly happy people do not brag about themselves! Subtle references to positive life events are normal, but when FB (or REAL LIFE) statements are continuously over-the-top in detail, wonderment and WOW…something is not right. These are not regular, REAL people and must make themselves look as “wonderful” as they wish they were or overstate how fortunate they are!
The reality is…no one lives a PERFECT LIFE as we all should know when we hear about just how messed up most of the “rich and famous” actually are! Why do we let such boisterous morons ALLOW us to feel sad or lacking something in life? We ALL STRUGGLE and wish we had more, but more does not equate true happiness or being a full human being! We sell ourselves far to short and it needs to stop!
“Social Media” is quickly becoming “Anti-Social Media!” IPhones, IPads, IPods don’t reference ANY We, Us or YOU, do they? Not one bit! AND…anyone can be anything online….IF YOU BUY IT! Save your emotional dollars and common sense!
Those who constantly find the need to broadcast the wonderful lives they say they are living to the point of seeming to be nothing short of “god-like,” indicates a cover-up of underlying issues of unhappiness, dissatisfaction with life and misery. OR they are simply narcissists that can’t get enough of themselves broadcasted to the world much like a Kardashion, Paris Hilton, Jodi Arias and the like. Are these people truly happy? Do we compare ourselves to them?? I certainly hope NOT!
The other half of this Anti-Social Media issue has to do with real people with real problems. These folks post troubling and difficult issues they are dealing with in their lives on FB, and normally get no response or real help from their “friends.” To them I can only say, DON’T as well! FB is not for therapy nor will many of the above-mentioned even care! That is not to say that some “friends” will offer support if they are REAL people, but for the greater numbers, there will be little interest or genuine care. That does not mean you don’t deserve it, it means FB isn’t the place to rely on for your first line of help. After all, it’s online! Not REAL, IN-PERSON PEOPLE! Those are better suited for such matters.
If you are going to use FB or Social Media, use it for recreational release and have fun with it! Take anything and everything that may disturb you with a spoonful of salt! Don’t give up the power you have within you to judge poop from proof! (There IS a huge difference!) If we base our success or failure on what we read or see there, we are not living in reality! Let it go or…..simply DELETE the negative influences. It’s your choice, it’s your life, it’s within your POWER! Use it!
Tomorrow at 9:30am EST, it’s time again to breathe some MORNING AIR on Relevant Radio! Host John Harper and I will be discussing self-abusing children. How to identify it, why they do it and the DO’S and DON’Ts for parents to understand. NY/NJ friends can tune in at 1430 AM or anyone can click this post->http://www.relevantradio.com/programs/morning-air to stream-in LIVE! Always REAL and always RELEVANT! Join us!
Socialcide: How America is Loving Itself to Death’s Radio Campaign starts tomorrow and here’s tomorrow’s schedule!
8:38am EST, I’ll be speaking with Doug Wagner at http://600.wmradio.com/…/the-eastern-Iowa-morning-show-499…/
10:47am EST, Bill Martinez Live
Hope you can all tune in! This is just the beginning, there are lots more on the schedule! Thanks everyone!!!
Hello all! Well, Socialcide is FINALLY out and available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and FaithBooksandMORE.com! To say I’m elated is a true understatement! Now we are in PROMOTION MODE and here are the first of more radio segments to tune into for more info!!!
11/14/14 @ 830am EST: Pippa Jones on Talk Radio Europe!!! http://www.talkradioeurope.com/
11/18/14 @ 200pm EST: Annie Ubelis “Online National,” blogtalkradio.com/SOUTHERN-SENSE
11/19/14 @ 9pm EST: Bruce Collins, Tampa Bay, Florida, http://1490wwpr.com/schedule/
11/20/14 @ 11am EST: James Lane, Hutchinson, KS, http:kjagradio.com
It’s hard to believe how Socialcide: How America is Loving Itself to Death has made it this far, but I’m very excited and hope many people get the message, and our country begins to make changes that are very needed and long-overdue in order to ensure a positive future for ourselves and children!!
In a first of its kind of “Super Study,” the new book The Learning Habit by Donald-Pressman, Jackson and Pressman, research now proves that more than 45 minutes of video games or time spent online for children grades K though 12 significantly diminishes their emotional, social and academic health and abilities. This includes tablets, smart phones and computers.
More than that, too much computer time may be directly related to sleep problems, emotional instability, focus and concentration and behaviors commonly linked to ADHD. All of this when a new invention has just been brought to the market called the “IPotty” which encourages toddlers learning to be potty-trained to play on IPods and what-have-you while they learn to “do their business!”
What the research says is that family time, dinners, playing board games and attending religious services together, resulted in LESS screen time for kids and helped boost their social and emotional coping skills, have better focus and do better academically. Why these basic principles to raising children have been lost and forgotten is a fundamental element to my new book, Socialcide: How America is Loving Itself to Death, being released on November 5th!
The amount of screen time a child has each day can quickly add up to have a bad effect on behavior, emotions and academics even though it can increase the amount of time some children spend doing homework. Researchers found that for any time AFTER 45 minutes spent on screen time grades began to decline, getting kids out of bed in the morning became more of a challenge, their ability to DIRECTLY SPEAK in order to communicate with others diminished and their social life became more “virtual” than REAL.
Parents can make a difference by having regular family dinners, role model their online time to reflect more concern and involvement with family interaction, and praise your kids for getting involved more with social activity in the REAL WORLD!
This study gathered information from more than 46,000 parents from 4,500 US cities over a 60 day period. Therefore, all socioeconomic and demographic considerations were involved.
The news here is that if we do not begin to regulate our children’s online time, become more “family-involved and orientated,” and paying attention to what our children actually DOING, we will be raising a generation of unsocialized, lazy and emotionally bankrupt people who lack the human skills to actually SPEAK with others, get through college, get jobs and they will rely on mom and dad to “remind” them of what they need to do on a daily basis. We MUST Get Back to Basics, it is as simple as that!
When a college freshman received a C- on her first test, she literally had a “meltdown” while in class. She texted her mother who called back, demanding to talk to the professor immediately (he, of course, declined). Another mother accompanied her child on a job interview, then wondered why he didn’t get the job. A major employer reported that during a job interview, a potential employee told him that she would have his job within 18 months. It didn’t even occur to her that he had worked 20 years to achieve his goal. Does this sound like a sitcom? It’s not. These are all true accounts of what is wrong with people today aged 16-24. They have been conditioned by parents that made them superstars without having to ever work for it, socially, intellectually, ethically or psychologically. Welcome to the Me, Me, Me Generation.
What Happened? We’ve told our kids to dream big-and now any small act seems insignificant. In the great scheme of this, kids can’t instantly change the world and we currently live in a world of instant gratification. They have to take small, first steps which seem like no progress at all to them. Nothing short of instant fame is good enough. We need to return to telling them that great things start by accomplishing small goals.
We’ve told our kids that they are special for no reason, even though they didn’t display excellent characteristics or skill, and now they demand special treatment. The problem is that kids assumed they didn’t have to do anything special in order to be special. We gave our kids every comfort and now they can’t delay gratification. We heard the message loud and clear. We too pace in front of the microwave, become angry when things don’t go our way at work or during traffic. Now it’s time to relay the importance of waiting for the things we want, deferring to the wishes of others and surrendering personal desires in the pursuit of something bigger than “me.” We made our kid’s happiness a central goal and now it’s difficult for them to generate happiness on their own, by living a meaningful life. It’s time we tell them that our goal is to enable them to discover their gifts, passions and purposes in life so they can help others. True happiness comes as a result.
The Uncomfortable Solutions: We need to let our kids fail at 12 which is far better than at 42. We need to tell them the truth (with grace) that the notion of “you can do anything you want” is not necessarily true. Kids need to align their dreams with their gifts. Every girl with a lovely voice won’t sing at the Met; every Little League baseball star won’t play for the major leagues. Allow them to get in trouble and accept the consequences. It’s okay to make a C-. Next time, they’ll try and work harder to make an A. Balance autonomy with responsibility. If your son borrows the car, he also has to re-fill the tank. Collaborate with the teacher, but don’t do the work for your child. If he fails at a test, let him take the consequences. Become velvet bricks, be soft on the outside and hard on the inside and allow children to fail while they are young in order to succeed when they are adults.
These well-intentioned messages of “you’re special” have come back to haunt us. We are consumed with protecting our children instead of preparing them for them future. We haven’t let them fall, fail or fear. The problem is that if they don’t take risks early on like climbing monkey bars and possibly falling off, they are fearful of every new endeavor at age 29.
Psychologists and psychiatrists are seeing more and more young people having “quarter-life crisis” and more cases of clinical depression. Why? According to the younger people, because they haven’t made their first million dollars or found the “perfect mate!”
The Me, Me, Me Generation have short attention spans and rely on external fulfillment rather than internal motivation. Therefore they have lost a great deal of potential creativity and self-reliance.
Perhaps the most crucial loss for youth today is the ability and confidence to effectively communicate personally with each other and others in general. IPads, IPhones, Twitter, Instagram, texting and all the other social media outlets available today have created a generation of socially-deficient youth and young adults replacing human relationships with electronic contact.
America, our children need us to get back to basics, and they need it NOW. We need to shift that need for immediate gratification into earned rewards for a job well-done from efforts, sacrifice and appreciation. The days of a “free ride” from mom and dad need to cease and we need to become parents again.
Socialcide: How America is Loving Itself to Death speaks to this breakdown of self-reliance and the ever-growing sense of entitlement the younger generation of America has come to know and, well, depend on. This is not real-life, and we are raising less than real people. This topic and much more are discussed in length in Socialcide, as well as how we can turn around the epidemic of narcissistic behaviors of many people in our world today.
Socialcide: How America is Loving Itself to Death will be available on November 2nd. You can purchase it at:
- FaithBooksand More.com
Or via my website: www.Socialcideinfo.com