At no other point in history has so much cultural energy been expended to destroy and denigrate fatherhood.
Fathers are mocked in the popular culture, targeted by the legal system and increasingly rare in the sense of living with and parenting their offspring.
And yet, somehow, like a hardy plant coming up through the asphalt, it endures.
I believe it is because fatherhood is intrinsic to humanity. For more than a century the left has tried to build the New Man (or is that New Person?) and yet despite all their efforts, all they can do is make weak parodies of what they hate.
J.R.R. Tolkien spotted this decades ago. The evil spirit Melkor (a stand-in for Satan) coveted Creation but being subordinate to God, could not make anything of his own substance. So instead he perverted creation, mocking it and inadvertently revealing his own twisted soul in the horrors that resulted. In so doing he ceased being Melkor ("He Who Arises in Might") and became Morgoth ("Dark Foe of the World").
Angelic spirits who sided with him became demons and elves and men he captured were twisted into hideous orcs. The "ideal society" of Morgoth was in fact a vast slave camp and military machine, founded in cruelty that celebrated ugliness.
Though Tolkien despised allegory, he readily agreed his work was applicable. Modern society is increasingly Morgothian. Bruce Jenner can't become a woman, but he can assume the parody appearance of one. The power of the Dark Lord seems insurmountable and its victory is all but assured.
Yet just as in Middle Earth, there is another Power, beyond the reach of Morgoth and his minions. The Left has tried to bury it, lie about it and has killed millions in an effort to eradicate it, yet it cannot be destroyed.
Fatherhood will weather this storm because it is human nature.
It is true and it is also why the modern totalitarian version of feminism will also fail because it is entirely based on opposition to something else. It must define itself as anti-fatherhood, and anti-male.
In so doing, it carries the seeds of its own destruction. A movement that exists purely to fight and enemy is ultimately dependent on that enemy. George Orwell demonstrated this in "1984" but his real-life model was Joseph Stalin's Soviet empire, which created enemies when there were none to justify its repression.
Stalinism only worked in a climate of fear of something worse, so the Soviets had to constantly hunt down imagined enemies including the Old Guard, Kulaks, and Nationalities until the Nazis gave them an actual existential foe.
Fatherhood has no such need. Fatherhood just is. It stands in opposition to nothing but instead work in harmony with motherhood.
This Fathers Day, take a moment to give old Dad a call or remember him in your prayers. Right now things look pretty grim, but I'm reliably informed that we've been in worse places.
I'd rather weather a Twitter storm than be stuck in Siberia digging for gold with a stick.