It has been said that wisdom is wasted on the elderly. This may be true, but those of us of a … a lesser youth, we certainly do make silly decisions. For example, we buy insurance by listening to a talking gecko, a quacking duck, and a talking pig. Isn't that intelligent? One of her most important life decisions is made by watching talking animals on TV. It must be working as across television broadcasts are flooded with these commercials, and product executives would not continually spend millions of dollars on these commercials if they were not working. For that matter, why as mature individuals do we even listen to commercials? We know they're not true and at best vastly exaggerated.
My message in this article is directed at our young, our children and grandchildren. They face unbelievable and unenviable tasks of growing up in a world encouraging them to make wrongful decisions with disastrous consequences. The younger generations will make these decisions with few support systems and little guidance. Popular America has de-valued the family unit by attacking its values and structure. Spiritual guidance, belief in God, is often mocked and his word changed to suit popular opinion. Our country's constitution offers less and less structure as it is it ignored and manipulated to suit the political and social beliefs of the time. We leave little guidance for our young and generations to come.
They must operate in a world in which no standard is the standard. The current age of "enlightenment" tells us freedom means any thought and any behavior must be allowed and expressed. What was once considered perversion is the new normal. With all of this said, what are we to do? We as parents, godly people, American citizens, teachers, etc. must continue to teacher children values, but we must do more. We must teach our children and subsequent generations to think for themselves. We must teach them common sense. They must learn not to be merely consumers of information. They must be able to reason through a landslide of information and misinformation. We must teach our young that all things are possible, but not all things are righteous. We must teach limits of behavior, and state them often. We cannot assume our youth have heard what is right and what is wrong, and know the difference. If we do not, the teachings of the world readily and often teaches them otherwise.
We must examine our own behavior as leaders of youth to ensure our actions are what we wish them to emulate. Do you believe in God? Then are you following his commandments? If not, your message is screaming he has no value. Are you voting and electing candidates with values? Are we teaching wisdom as well as knowledge? Are we teaching our children how to choose friends and spouses? Are we teaching as well as demonstrating values in our daily lives. We must teach our children values and standards do not change, are not conditional, nor based on popular culture. We must give our children strength and hope. We must teach them That God has not wavered. He has message remains positive and supreme.
Our children's lives will become much more difficult than were ours. Yes, they will have many more conveniences and much greater information, but these factors in themselves create the difficulty. Great knowledge requires greater wisdom. As adults we must teach our children and others wisdom. We must teach them how to process this knowledge. Children are bombarded with information inappropriate for their age. When my daughter was five years old, she came into the living room in asks me what was a prophylactic? This was in response to a public service announcement on TV. That was 25 years ago. Much has changed for the worst particularly in the last 10 years. Major television networks now dispense advice from Ozzy Osbourne's wife and from a porn star. We also must suffer television series in which the star is a serial killer. In the last week to 14-year-olds, with premeditation, shot and killed a 17-year-old. This was in our small conservative community.
We must teach our children to find friends and future spouses in wholesome environments. Young people will not find mothers and fathers of their children in bars and where drugs are being used. We all must develop good habits. What we do habitually carries over the rest of our lives. Whilst society including this country over their basis to a spiritual presence. Most people will ultimately say they believe in God, that they are ignorant of his teaching and do not obey him. If you do not develop the habit of obeying God and worshiping him you probably never will. As a result one develops worldly habits and follows the advice of their surroundings.
We is older adults admit our flaws, and must teach by example. You must remain positive and give our young encouragement and love.
a Diana resident and former New Diana ISD superintendent, is an occasional contributor to the Longview Journal Saturday Forum. These articles are his submissions.