December 27

What its children
become, that will the
community become.

Suzanne Lafollette


Today's Meditation:

So just what kind of world are we preparing for our children?  What kind of children are we preparing for our world?  We'll be gone relatively soon, but what kind of legacy are we leaving behind?  In all honesty, as optimistic as I want to be, I think that we're not preparing our children very well at all. 

Our younger generation is one that has all sorts of new addictions created by marketers and vendors.  They're addicted to electronics, name brands, junk food, and things like high-caffeine and high-sugar drinks that are packages with the lie "energy drink" printed on them.  Most of our youth feel entitled to things, because that's what advertisers want them to feel, so they've been feeding the kids the message that they are entitled since the kids are old enough to watch TV.

There are, of course, exceptions, and the reality is that the exceptions are going to become the leaders, for they'll be the only adults who are able to think for themselves, think critically, and think outside of any boxes that otherwise might contain them.  What we need to do if we want to give our children a world that will be positive for them is to teach them now to be those exceptions--to leave the cell phones at home, to reject the messages of want and need that advertisers continue to force upon them, to avoid the many new addictions such as texting and video games that are available to them. 

What will our children's world be like if the world is run by people who are addicted to things that keep them from thinking for themselves?  That's a question I ask myself every day that I work with high school students, and then I work extra hard to try to teach them how to avoid the addictions and focus on their abilities and dreams, and how to learn ways to make the most of those abilities and to reach those dreams.

Questions to consider:

What do you see our world looking like when our children are in charge?

Why do so many people feed so many messages to kids just to get those kids to buy more of their products?

Are we doing a good job in helping our kids reach their potential?

For further thought:

Giving kids clothes and food is one thing, but it's much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.

Dolores Huerta


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