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How Did We Get Here? Long-term Societal and Cultural Consequences of Disengaged Parenting (5/6)

Disengaged or absent parenting can have significant generational consequences on children's long-term success, and its relationship to the human need for order in a world dominated by entropy is an important aspect to consider.

  • Lack of Structure and Guidance: Disengaged parents often fail to provide the necessary structure, guidance, and boundaries that children need to navigate the challenges of life. Growing up without consistent parental involvement can leave children without a strong foundation for decision-making, self-discipline, and goal-setting. Without a sense of order and structure instilled by engaged parents, children may struggle to develop essential life skills and coping mechanisms.

  • Emotional and Psychological Impact: The absence or disengagement of parents can have profound emotional and psychological effects on children. They may experience feelings of neglect, abandonment, or rejection, leading to low self-esteem, emotional instability, and difficulties in forming healthy relationships. The lack of emotional support and stability can hinder their ability to effectively cope with the uncertainties and challenges of the world, exacerbating the need for order and stability.

  • Educational and Career Challenges: Disengaged parenting often correlates with lower academic achievement and reduced educational opportunities for children. Without parental involvement, children may lack the necessary support, motivation, and guidance to excel in school. The absence of involved parents can limit access to resources, mentorship, and educational opportunities that are crucial for long-term success. This can perpetuate a cycle of limited prospects and reduced chances of overcoming societal obstacles.

  • Intergenerational Transmission: The consequences of disengaged parenting can be passed down through generations. Children raised by disengaged parents may struggle to break free from the cycle of neglect and disengagement. They may lack the role models and support systems necessary to develop effective parenting skills themselves, perpetuating the generational consequences. This can further amplify the need for order and stability as individuals seek to compensate for the lack of structure and guidance in their upbringing.


When a significant number of children grow up without the necessary support and guidance, it can contribute to social challenges such as increased crime rates, educational disparities, and economic inequality. The absence of engaged parents hampers the development of a stable and ordered society, making it more difficult to address the inherent entropy in the world.

Further, disengaged parenting can indeed have an impact on the political and cultural structure of a society. When children grow up without the necessary guidance, structure, and support from engaged parents, it can shape their worldview, values, and attitudes towards authority and leadership.

  • Desire for Stability and Order: Growing up without a stable and ordered family environment, individuals may develop a stronger desire for stability and order in their lives. This can manifest in a preference for leaders who project a sense of control, authority, and provide a clear structure. Disengaged parenting can contribute to the longing for strong leadership and the desire for stability in an uncertain world.

  • Vulnerability to Manipulation: Individuals raised in a disengaged parenting environment may be more susceptible to manipulation and influence. The absence of parental involvement can leave them seeking guidance and validation from external sources. This vulnerability can make them more prone to following leaders who offer simplistic solutions, exploit fears, or present themselves as strong authority figures, even if those leaders may not have their best interests at heart.

  • Lack of Critical Thinking Skills: Disengaged parenting can hinder the development of critical thinking skills in children. Without parental involvement and guidance, individuals may have limited exposure to diverse perspectives, critical analysis, and the development of independent thought. This can make them more likely to accept and follow leaders without questioning their motives or considering alternative viewpoints.

  • Influence of Peers and Media: In the absence of strong parental influence, peers and media can play a more significant role in shaping individuals' beliefs, values, and political orientations. Disengaged parenting can leave individuals seeking a sense of belonging and validation, making them more susceptible to peer pressure and media influences. This can contribute to the formation of social and cultural norms that align with certain types of leaders or ideologies.

  • Potential for Political Polarization: Disengaged parenting can contribute to political polarization within society. The lack of parental guidance and critical thinking skills may lead individuals to gravitate towards extreme ideologies or partisan views. This can further reinforce divisions within society and create an environment where individuals seek leaders who align with their preexisting beliefs, further intensifying the political and cultural divides. (explore this concept in this blog post: <link>)

To address the impact of disengaged parenting on political and cultural structure, it is crucial to promote parental education, support systems, and community initiatives that encourage engaged parenting. Providing resources and opportunities for individuals to develop critical thinking skills, access diverse perspectives, and engage in constructive dialogue can help mitigate the potential negative effects and foster a more informed and inclusive political and cultural environment.


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