Monday, January 21, 2013


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King Jr

Defining tolerance, a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own. It seems we accept the person with their beliefs, ready to come together for a common benefit. Discretion is the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information. While preparing our children for their future, it is hard to think about the future without considering other opinions, like terminator 2, back to the future or at least 15 other recent films about time travel. What would we change about the past?  What about today?  How could we instill those qualities we deem necessary for their future?  How do we identify those qualities?  Time travelers seem to go back and right an earlier wrong.  What if we could do the right thing the first time?
Reading MLK speech, we get the idea that he considered the past, 'five score years ago' and the future with 'I have a dream' quotes peppering the entire speech. How can we teach our children about their future? Comparing real life with the movies, the movies imply traits or characteristics, actions or even specific behaviors will 'change' the future. Are there characteristics that are common, universal or for all men?
Here is the question: How will we equip this young man above for his future, when we don't know ourselves? Think character education!


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