Recently, I have been giving much thought to the way children are being raised and the influence that their daily experiences have on whether or not they carry on the idea of "war" or "peace". I've had an opportunity to observe young children...5,6,7,8 and 9 years old. Some enjoy cartoons and computer programs about over-coming the enemy and/or just fighting. In some programs, creatures fight just to be fighting...for no apparent reason. Other children are being raised without such television programs and/or games...and do not even know such programs exist! Their form of entertainment is art, reading and riding their bikes or scooters.
And it is from their life experiences, I feel they respond to life! So, what are you teaching the children in your life?
Here are a couple of examples of children and their responses in different settings.
A 6 and 8 year old come home from school and immediately head for the TV or computer. And what do they put on? Games, where they are hitting people over their head...and knocking them out! Recently, a heard a little 6 year old girl say, "Goodie... I killed him and a group of boys, laughing and giggling... every time they knocked out one of the men in their game! If these are the games children are being exposed to, no wonder, they want to fight with their brother or sister...and other children in the neighborhood or at school.
Another example. A 9 year old, is learning to play the piano. He learns a new song...a silly song, which entails this man doing several silly things... and not being very happy! When given an opportunity to change the last verse in the song...he makes it so the man is given a gift...which makes him happy...and from then on acts HAPPY! It was such a delight to observe how this young child, so easily thought of a happy ending!
The time has come I believe where we must rethink and reevaluate every thought we think, every word we speak, and every action we make! In addition, the time has come to re-evaluate every book we give children...every television program we allow them to watch and all the video games we bring into our home.
I do believe that we each have a great responsibility in each and every moment. We can teach our children to live in PEACE...or to act out the violence they are exposed to. Saying no to violent games, cartoons and movies is a vote for PEACE!
I invite your thoughts and comments. And would LOVE to hear what you are doing to teach PEACE!