Each generation of children is attempting to initiate their parents into the truth of soul healing, to guide them into and through (and out the other end) of the realm of the dead.
The soul is the subtle field of relations. Souls can and do get ill. The white American soul has such an illness. It is bigger than any individual and, absent specific work to undo its patterning, affects every individual who belongs to that collective energetic reality.
Spiritual practice can be likened to a TV game show where the players can take a turn or take a pass.