Written March 10, 2017
As I continue to watch the news and troll thru social media, I can’t help but wonder what will happen with our future generations. What are we teaching them? And are we ourselves showing them in our daily living the right way to live? Or are we instead repeating what we heard when we were growing up, “Do as I say, not as I do”? Before I continue, let’s review what exactly Morals and Values are.
Morals describe what is right and wrong, while values explain important behavior and beliefs of a person or group. Morals are based on the belief and understanding of those values. Societal morals, religious morals and morals in literature very similar in that they point to basic morals of truth, honesty and kindness. Aesop’s fables ended with morals such as telling one lie leads to telling more lies, and pride goes before destruction.
Examples of values include love, kindness, justice, peace, honesty, respect, openness, loyalty, equality, generosity and responsibility for personal actions. Values are universal and are important considerations to take into account, when interacting with other people. They are defined as the ideals and principles that guide how people act. These values help to create bonding between people of different nationalities, race, religious beliefs and cultures.
A civilized society depends upon the strength and commitment of the citizens whose morals protect the greater good. Morals are the standards against which behaviors are measured, and this also includes consequences. People can become outcasts for failing to follow society’s morals, such as respecting others and their properties, exercising self-discipline and self-control, showing humility, and seeking justice. Allow me to repeat the first sentence in that paragraph. “A civilized society depends upon the strength and commitment of the citizens whose morals protect the greater good.” Now take a moment and think about all that you’ve seen on the news lately…
The reason I expanded the definitions and gave extra examples was to show how our country, our leaders and even our citizens have been spiraling out of control. A couple of our biggest problems today are hypocrisy and double standards. Many people talk out of both sides of their mouths and are two faced. We protest things that people say or do and a host of other issues that and, while they are important, they are not entirely true and leave out other important issues.
There are all kinds of protests against various injustices whether they’re real or perceived. I hear of candlelight vigils for victims of violence, but never a protest. My point is that we protest things like an executive order to temporarily stop immigrants from certain countries coming to our country and shield illegal immigrants who are criminals but turn a blind eye to the crime associated with allowing these people in our country. There’s something that’s just a little wrong with this.
As I continue to watch multiple news channels, read articles in newspapers or social media posts I can’t help but wonder, how are we teaching our future generations to be strong, confident and healthy(physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) adults? The first thing we need to do is start at home by teaching them the morals and values I listed above. Not only that but we need to practice and live by them too. And just as equally important we need to teach our children to stand on those morals and values no matter what. From there they can take these morals and values into the world and put them into practice in their own lives. Next, we need to elect leaders who stand on them without being sucked into the vacuum of garbage that we currently have going on now.
There’s one more thing we can do. We need to hold others, and ourselves, accountable for their actions. We all, including myself, need to stop blaming others for our mistakes. I can remember as far back as a young child blaming someone or something else for my mistakes. I know I’m not the only one who’s done this. We have become a fear mongering nation who live in a culture of victimization bordering on anarchy. I understand now why more and more parents choose to homeschool their children. I can’t help but look at the children next door to me, who are homeschooled, and wonder what kind of World they are about to inherit.
Thought for the day: There may not be a manual on how to raise a child, but morals and values are the compass that can guide us in the right direction.