If we shatter the lie that fathers exist only within the structure of nuclear family — if we decolonize family, we open possibilities for responsibility, care, resources, and love. People benefit when community encourages men to father as a verb, rather than restricting it to a noun. There, fathers abound.
I'm not saying my kids will change the world, but I will most certainly encourage them to try. I've grown up in a system that praises merit, degrees, and falling in line, and I've seen our society lose its luster, creativity, and innovation in the process.