What's on my mind?
When we look back into our youth we see there were many things we believed... many notions we had... about life and reality that have changed and we now understand better and we see differently. The same thing is true when we look back in history about societies and cultures before ours. The human society has changed over thousands of years as we emerged from caves at one time and now build skyscrapers.
Our understanding of what matters has changed and gradually, in some aspect, our society has become more conscious and the understanding that we are one people has gradually developed in the most advanced human thinking. We are asking questions that were unthinkable a thousand years ago, not only about matters of science but about matters of human social interaction and the value of human life and so many things that are a reflection of the constant forward progress out of the cave. We, as a race, are compelled to search for how to live better.. how to be better... how to find peace and security and love and meaning in our lives and our societies.
But we contend with a contradiction constantly. We contend with selfishness and greed and corruption and evil. Why? The future of an society is its children. They will manage the present ... shape the future and heal the past. They will contend with what we present them. But are we handling the children in our society like civilized people? Are we civilized if we have children experiencing realities so horrific that is scars their psyches and turns them into savage beasts.
I am not excusing those that perpetrate these horrific acts... going into elementary schools and slaughtering children... mass violence exacted by people that are utterly insane.. this is the most evil thing a person can do. Anyone that will harm a child is a broken spirit, ignorant and blind of the most fundamental truth. Even if examined simply from the amoral question of the perpetuation of the species the reality that some people will harm children demonstrates a contradiction of purpose in human thinking that is insane.
Children are innocent, utterly dependent, and we know that in this stage of innocence and dependence the human psyche is developed. Whatever goodness or evil manifests in the person's life is almost wholly dependent on the individual's experience during those years. So... if we want to change the future what should we do regarding our children? My argument is that our entire society should be focused on them first.
Not on football...sorry my guy friends. Not on guns or bowling or fashion or popularity or anything else. We, as a race, should be focused on ensuring that our children have a rich, loving, and complete exposure to the truth of the universe around them. Whatever is necessary to see them become 'the best they can be' should be their welcome to life.
Is there any argument against this? Our priorities are all screwed up in my estimation. And I am certain the moment will come in our societal consciousness when we understand this perfectly. And we'll look back from that vantage point and muse at how foolish human beings were before that and ask how anyone could so completely miss the obvious .
by-Michael Hutton · San Antonio, TX
Psalm 37: 1-9 "Fret not thyself because of evil doers. Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity for they shall soon be cut down as the grass and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good so shalt thou dwell in the Land and verily, thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord. Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light and thy judgement as the noon day. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his way because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evil doers shall be cut off but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth."