Sometimes when I look at our species, at the things we do, the wars, the isms, the way we so easily cast aside opportunities to better our lives, I wonder are our brains fried? Have we no spiritual pride? Have we no natural instincts imbedded inside our hearts and souls that can lead us to be more loving towards each other and act as our moral guide?
Aren’t we aware that our children are watching at our side and they, like other animals, cannot survive if they don’t see a model for how they should live their lives?
Oh, to see a mother bird teaching her chicks to fly, a cheetah teaching her cubs just when to turn on the blazing speed, for how long, and why, a dolphin teaching calves how to hunt, how to best use their fins when they swim.
So called lesser animals seem to know somehow that to not teach their children what nature compels them to do has no reason or rhyme. They have to be careful what they do when their offspring are watching and they’re watching all the time.
So are our children but too often we act as though we either don’t care are aren’t aware that they will follow in our footsteps someday, that they will approach the world close to how they’ve seen us carry on day to day.
What do we want to leave them as a legacy? Now, if we want them to appreciate and love their world and its people then we’d better do an about face immediately. A people who care about the world is not the imagery we’re putting out there for them to see. No sirree.
For them to create a promising life in the 21st Century we mama and papa bears and the other bears in our sleuth are going to have to help our children get to a few basic truths, and to help us out we’ll need schools that challenge them to think critically.
Along such lines they’ll have to see us as discerning human beings, hearing us as we mourn the devastation in Japan, questioning nuclear power plants as a wise source of energy since some nuclear waste can easily cause a calamity that might last for what might seem like an eternity.
There’s so much both abroad and at home for us to do. I mean like how many more Gadhafis and Mubaraks will our children see us, with out well thought out consciences in place, chummy up to?
Shouldn’t we put an end to shenanigans like workers losing their bargaining rights to predators who see them as prey, taking what they’ve earned away while so many of us yell “Hooray!” as though our turn to be humiliated might not be a little down the way? What of value do our children learn when we act in such a way?
Wouldn’t it be wise if we ceased taking our hostilities regarding our wretched wounded economy out on undocumented workers, mostly Latinos, while the real culprit has always been and remains corporate greed? They took that bail money that had no stipulations attached and kept on being rich and fat while we scorn those who are truly in need, not putting ourselves in their shoes as people desperately trying to survive.
Our children can’t become concerned citizens without the ability to sympathize and empathize.
Do we want our daughters and granddaughters to continue making less pay than men at work every day and still be kept somewhat at bay politically and business-wise?
How about ending the hypocrisy of touting ourselves as the Land of the Free when gay people aren’t fully protected in our democracy, even rebuffed by national organizations like the Boy Scouts of America which professes to build character when there is no character development at all in discriminating against some of our citizenry.
Isn’t it time that we came to grips with the fact that: Christianity is not our country’s official religious belief; we’ve conducted illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq without considering other forms of pursuing justice and peace; everyone has a history that’s intertwined with everyone else’s place in history, that sharing all the stories is the intent of ethnic studies that are so maligned by people with incredibly narrow minds?
Beginning the changes that will be needed if we’re to leave our children a hopeful world will require us to find all the love that we have inside to guide us, to keep us on track – for that’s what creating a better world is all about: love. If we love our world enough to want to change it for the good of all humankind our children will too. They will follow in our footsteps as loving human beings. That’s true.
Photo from tribalicious via flickr.