When I taught at Salt Lake Valley, there was a girl there whose older Seminary in the
brother had left home abruptly when he turned seventeen or eighteen never to look back. His parents were broken-hearted, not knowing where he was or what he was doing.
One day, several years later, they saw his picture in Time Magazine in a picture of military action.
Her parents quickly got in touch with the magazine and they pursued the issue to find out where he was.
The response was from the military telling the parents the young man wanted nothing to do with them and for them to never look for him again.
I can't imagine this. They were not abusive parents, maybe a little religously zealous, but still.
I gave her the platitudes that might apply like "At least your parents have you," To this she replied, "That's not enough, though."
I still think about that son and how little it would take on his part, to make a difference in alot of lives.
But then I guess it's merciful that we all don't see the damage our selfishness can cause. Maybe not as extensive as his, for certain, but damage nonetheless.