‘Counsel for the Counselors’

Why can’t our counselors help the people that they’re counseling?

Maybe because they themselves need counseling, and aren’t getting it.


I wrote this piece for Chalcedon in 2004, and I doubt the situation has changed since then. Counselors “can’t say” whether a behavior is right or wrong. They literally can’t say: the cat’s got their tongue.

But until they can say it, they won’t do anyone much good.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

9 responses to “‘Counsel for the Counselors’

  • Unknowable

    A couple of interesting quotes:

    “Europeans don’t try to dictate to their young people, and neither should we.”

    The last time I checked, Europe wasn’t doing so well. Maybe it’s time to try another approach.

    “Maybe we ought to stop listening to the experts and go back to the Bible.”
    One thing I have come to appreciate is the extent to which America was influenced by the bible in the past. Indeed, we weren’t perfect and certainly did not practice scriptural principles as well as we should have, but we did better, to the extent that we did practice what was in the bible.

    For the record, the bible did not endorse slavery; kidnapping or enslaving someone was a capital crime under the Law of Moses. It did, however, make allowance for persons whom sold themselves into indenture, but it also had Jubilee years which reversed this status, so as to not perpetuate indenture.


  • thewhiterabbit2016

    After every school shooting, or death of a fellow student, or Trump winning the election, they call out the Counselors. Whatever happened to calling out the priests, pastors and ministers? Oh yeah, the church retreated and let the secularist take over the culture. Well, it is past time to take it back. Start by never voting for a Democrat again.


  • Erlene Talbott

    And a famous quote from Finney: If crime, if lawlessness, etc. are in evidence, the pulpit is responsible for it”
    The church should be able to keep society under better control, but, if it is
    permissive and negligent, it has abandoned it’s calling.
    Situational ethics has infiltrated even the churches in a lot of cases.


  • Erlene Talbott

    OK, I won’t, but they are the ruination of truth and holiness.


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