Wednesday, June 11, 2014
My Favorite Quote
"The earth is not a gift from our parents. It is a loan from our children."
Okay, I'm not sure that I got the quote exactly right... although I know I captured the thought. I don't remember what Native American tribe's proverb it is, but it is a proverb from those noble people that knew how to run things.
I heard this quote years ago and was struck by the multi layers of trueness this quote covers. On the surface this talks about taking care of the earth and leaving land, water, and air for our children to enjoy when they are gone. To me, this quote is about much, much, much more than that.
Showing respect... we need to model this stuff for the generations after us. If they don't see us doing so, how do we expect them to continue this tradition?
Skills... sure we need to teach our children about writing resumes and job interview skills, but the real talents and skills of generations past are being swept away. I'm sorry, but I think the society we live in lives on a very fragile thread and it wouldn't take much for life as we know it to be replaced with 3rd world conditions. Would our children know what they need to know to keep a roof over their head? Would they know how to put food on the table and clothes on their backs?
Thinking... we have GOT to teach the generations below us how to think. I can't count how many times I've heard a kid spout untruths as if they were facts and when asked where they got this information "My teacher told me" I'm not knocking teachers here, but the generations behind us are going to be in a very sorry state if they take everything told them by the supposed experts at face value. We have to teach them to think for themselves and question everything. The ones that do this may just be the ones that can fix the sorry mess that our parents have left for us to try to fix.
I hope my lovelies can find new ways to apply this quote. Leave a comment if you can.