Daily, we are reminded of the vulnerability of our young people across our various communities. Over the last couple of days we have read about rats attacking a child (due to child neglect), drownings and suicide. The pressure on young people is relentless. Our young people are no longer safe, are not viewed as innocent, in need of care and love and support by adults. They have become prey!
When we look back over our human history, the landscape is littered with events that highlight how those who are preyed upon, become similar predators in adulthood; how the neglected, neglect, how the unloved project hatred, how those growled at become growlers, how those who are exposed to violence, become violent.
In our modern, fast-paced world, very little time is spent on teaching our children values - adults behave as if children are born with an instilled value set. They know how to behave, engage socially, act responsibility and lead a well-rounded lifestyle - often adults are shocked when they discover none of these traits in children - the question, "how is it possible?" is an all too common response!
Can we all please wake up. Children need to be taught values such as respect, honesty, decency, and so on. They need to be taught and guided on "stuff" like, to love, to engage socially and behave responsibly. The journey to adulthood cannot simply be left to chance or self-discovery.
Daily we witness and experience the many ills in our environment - daily we realize things are getting progressively worse.
This is a call for your to stand up and do something - our children need adult mentors, chaperones, scout masters! We need you to extend your reach beyond the confines of your own family. My challenge to all of us is to adopt a vulnerable child in one of our schools (I'm not advocating legally) and make them feel special, valued, and agree to be their mentor or coach... to make a concerted effort to be available for him/her, to have them know they have a shoulder to cry or lean on! A guardian angel!
We can only benefit from such a surge of goodwill and generosity! To throw up our hands in despair and do nothing, is too ghastly to contemplate - what kind of furure awaits us all if we do?
What do you think? Do leave a comment.