Excuse the sports imagery here, but this is baseball season and I do come from a baseball family. Yesterday while watching the Texas Rangers with Dad it occurred to me that the real saviors for the universe, the truly Most Valuable Players, are not the young folks as most pundits proclaim, but parents themselves.
After all, we actively teach our young about life, ethics and responsibility and model that behavior as well. As long as those two teaching approaches are aligned, then children have a good chance of developing into sterling human beings who might still save this planet.
That parental “programming” if you will has never been more important than now. Our young people are getting an onslaught of bad examples and ugly discourse in social media, the news, even at the highest reaches of government.
It is up to parents to teach and reinforce principles and virtues that never get obsolete: being kind, considerate, fair minded, civil, honest, just, courteous, good, charitable . . . well, you know the list.
We will return to good manners and kindness. If my seven decades have taught me anything it is that the pendulum swings and eventually returns to proper stasis. But it is the moral force of good parents that nudges that pendulum along.
— Jonnie Martin