Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Life lessons most of us miss

"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life."
- Sister Mary Rose McGeady, Daughter of Charity

Those who have made a fundamental difference in someone's life and have felt the joy and reward will testify to the truth of Sister McGeady's statement.

Those who have not may scoff at it. It's easy to deride something you know nothing about.

Let's do this simple arithmetic. People learn most of the fundamentals of who they are when they are young children (less than 11 years). One of the greatest joys and rewards of life is helping others. Ergo: we should teach this simple fact to all children so that they may enjoy the rewards as they get old enough to help others.

We assume that, somehow, our children are learning this lesson, as we assume our children learn many lessons about adult life. Many (maybe most) are not learning these lessons.

We need to teach these important life lessons to children before we have societies filled with paranoid psychotics and antisocial egotists.

The lessons are simple and easy to teach. We don't do it because we assume that someone else is doing it for us.

No one does it for us.

No one.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help everyone learn the basics of what we need to teach to children.
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