237 – Guidelines for the Education of Every Child on Earth …

“If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going”. Maya Angelou

When a parent comes to regret the outcome of hurtful personality traits in a child under their guidance, the natural excuse we give is “I did my best”, “I didn’t have a manual”.

It is true. Most parents try their best, but in our cultures we do not give them guidelines for the critical job of raising a child, especially in their early years when children are more vulnerable, impressionable, and totally dependent on adults.

And even though we have some guidelines that have been passed on from generation to generation (Tolerance, Honesty, Compassion, the understanding of the difference between Right and Wrong,), there are critical guidelines that are not even considered.

And even though the “Golden Rule” (Treat others as you would like others to treat you) is the foundation at the core of most teaching, I believe we have nothing like a universal set of guidelines for Education’. And the lack of something like this is at the roots of our chaotic, selfish, aggressive, greedy, destructive world.

There is a desperate need for a universal Dictum that encompasses ancient and new guidelines, like the ones below, that are based on facts we all know to be true:

  • Make the child aware that Life is the primal source from which we are engendered and into which we return.
  • Teach the child the value of organized religions to bring people together to help others, but because the core beliefs of organized religions are based on dogma, they inhibit freedom of thought. Therefore, with this in mind, give children the freedom to follow, or not, a religious belief.
  • Challenge them to create a vision of what they want to be in the future; a vision perhaps of becoming someone whose actions transform the future, like those of Aristotle, Mandela, Einstein, Mozart.
  • Teach the children that we are a part of Nature, and as such, totally dependent for sustenance on the environments we inhabit, yet we also are, like no other creature we know of, conscious of being alive with a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world.
  • Teach children that being alive is the most beautiful phenomenon in Nature and that we are one of its luckiest manifestations – one that is evolving amid incredible challenges into a supple, intelligent, self-conscious human being with the capacity to see and feel our own beauty.
  • Teach the children that they have the power to make the world as happy and kind as they want it to be, and set them free.

I believe that with guidelines like the ones above, children can grow not only greatly aware of the significance of their presence in the world, but also well prepared to face the world their ancestors have created, and transform it with gentleness and care.

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