Having 6 grandchildren (ages 12,11,10,9, 7 and 1), I worry about their future. I look at things going on in the world and wonder what it would be like for them when they grow up.I am fortunate that they are being raised by intelligent and hard working parents. But, good parenting cannot always protect children from the ills of the world. I grew up in a time where we made our own fun. We would be outside playing as much as we could. We competed against each other and learned that losing is not the end of the world, but a way to make yourself try harder. I see where everyone gets a trophy no matter if they are first or last. I believe this is making future generations less competitive with others and accept whatever happens. We make our own luck, we do not wait to have it handed to us.
I also worry that because a certain group does not like a book, or a certain rule, or a certain group, that they insist that if we do not believe the same as them, we are wrong. The biggest place I see this happening is in the church. Jesus taught us to be tolerant of others, work with the bottom dwellers of society, and always give everyone hope. I see many so called “Christians” in church talk about these ideals, but they do not practice what they preach.
It kind of reminds me of the book Animal Farm. “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”. Sort of like “As long as you are just like me, I will be loving to you, but be different and I do not want anything to do with you”.
I just hope my grandchildren are allowed to grow up in a society where they can be loved by all no matter their beliefs and never chastised because they do not believe the same as others. Too much hate going around, lets hope it changes.