Imagine what life would be like if no one ever encouraged you, worried about you or cared enough to protect you from the world or from yourself.
I can’t imagine it because from the moment I was born and most likely before the blessed event, I was loved.
I have been cared for and encouraged. I was educated, not just with school books, but lessons of how to behave, cope, treat others and respect myself.
That meant that I was disciplined, or corrected by not just my parents but my aunts and uncles and grandparents. Even my older cousins educated me and even though they were not much older than myself I respected them…as my younger cousins respected me.
Today’s millennials complain about being unloved, disrespected and disinterested in everything that does not have their instant gratification at the forefront.
It is hard to comprehend. Especially since many were raised with encouragement, love and caring.
The difference I believe is in society. Most notably in schools. Over the last 30 to 40 years the schools have been teaching children the opposite of the responsibilities and values taught at home.
Children have grown up thinking they don’t have to do the right thing, just appear to be doing the right thing.
They were taught that doing something wrong is not wrong until you get caught. And if caught the lesson was not about the bad deed but on how to not get caught in the future.
Parents who teach their children values and hold them accountable have been criticized as being harsh and unfeeling.
Children have been given mixed messages for almost 2 generations now.
The result is we have created a whole society that feels they are entitled to everything: jobs, trophies, degrees, love, and acceptance simply by the virtue of them being alive.
There are few young adults today that got through the school and societal indoctrination to become responsible hard working and compassionate people.
Regardless of what was taught at home.
Imagine how different our world would be with more defined rights and wrongs. Where children were loved and supported yes, but educated in such a way that respect for themselves and others was not lost.