Do Unto Others
Washington DC Zoo, 2006
I think I can safely assume that we are all familiar with, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Why then, when there are so many nice people in the world are there so many mean ones? I know, all things must have opposition. I get that. But when it affects your loved ones, it makes it even harder to swallow. I have seen a couple of posts recently that speak directly about this kind of behavior. One is from Nad and Zara Take on the World: Are you raising a mini me? This post speaks of what we are teaching our children. You know the expression, "Monkey see, monkey do." It's true. Those people do as we do! Good, bad or ugly! The other post came from: Enjoy the Simple Things: A Need for Civility.
It was this post that really got me thinking more about this growing problem. Some kids can be so mean. Down right cruel. They had to have learned that cruelty somewhere. And kids who are supposed to be friends with one another are betraying each other as if it is expected and normal. It's all around these kids. Where is it coming from? And how do we teach our own children to turn the other cheek, to love one another, and to forgive those who hurt us? Part of me wants to say, to heck with it. Eye for an eye I say! Perhaps that is the mama bear in me. I am supposed to be raising my children in righteousness, and to be "productive people in society."
I had people torment me when I was a kid, but they were never even friends. They were just mean people. They probably don't even remember doing it. I don't care. I don't even remember their names. But never once did my friends ever betray me or hurt me. And I see it happening more and more. I hear about it from my own daughter when she talks about happenings at her school. "Well aren't they friends?"I ask "I thought they were!" Is her response. I want to teach my children to be kind, to love and forgive, and while doing that I want to give them that tough exterior they need. And I want them to have the ability to know who will hurt them and who will not. It's quite the undertaking.
What are you teaching the little ones in your life? How do we encourage love and kindness and eliminate the cruelty?
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