“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass
I love this quote because it’s so true and so important for all of us to realize. Life begins when we are children. The lessons we learn then are lessons that will stick with us throughout the rest of our lives and shape each and every decision we make thereafter. Not to mention any influence our genes have in our lives. But as you may have learned it’s easier to do things right the first time than fix them again and again and again.
The unfortunate thing is that we’re not doing the best job we could be in preparing our children to face the world and conquer it. We’re dis-empowering them and letting them harbor pie-in-the-sky dreams that will never come true, not because the dreams are too big but because we’re not encouraging them and teaching them how to make their dreams a reality. And as a result we’re seeing problems in our society, problems that weren’t there many years ago.
Sure you could blame technology or our modern times, but it’s not that simple. Inanimate things can’t create the types of problems and failures that have occurred in the past few decades, only people can do that. While we won’t get into the guns debate, it’s a common saying that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Computers don’t hack, people write the programs to hack. Food doesn’t create rapid weight gain, lazy overeating people do.
So each day we have to ask ourselves: is this something that will help me and my family or hurt us? Are the choices we’re making choices that help us or hurt us? What can we do to better raise up this generation of children to not have the fears and challenges that face many of us today? I’d say it starts with education on many levels. What are your thoughts?