There are a lot of good things going on in ndn country, a lot of good people doing their best that are overshadowed by the negative aspects.
But the reality is you can no more address the good without doing likewise of the bad than to speak of daytime as though there is no night.
Negative influences are like slogging through mud or snow, it takes more time to get where you’re going, especially when mud and snow aren’t seasonal events but a year round condition…. a man made condition.
Anyone who has ever clawed their way uphill knows at times you may slip and slide backwards – if it happens frequently it can become exhausting and perhaps even demoralizing, leading some to seek an alternative route or merely give up.
More than a few things in life don’t come easy, maybe they weren’t meant to be easily obtained, their value being enhanced by the effort and a willingness to strive.
Effort needs to be rewarded, either on an individual level or a communal one – when it isn’t or doesn’t appear to be often enough a person will throw the towel in and accept what is as their lot in life.
A tacit acceptance that leads to a shroud of malaise, to depression, alcoholism, substance addiction, and sadly even suicide.
When a nations young see any of these as an alternative that nation exists in a state of crisis and it’s days are numbered.
There is a theory that when broken windows go unrepaired in a community it becomes the norm and inevitably leads to decline, a communal decline leading to crime, gangs, and the increased presence of drug and alcohol abuse.
Our children are becoming these broken windows in our communities and the responsibility for that is not only parental but a shared one as well.
Children learn not only by word but by example – they need role models.
They need love, attention, and the awareness that they much the same as their parents and adults have a role to fill in their families and communities – that they just as their counterparts are not above reasonable expectations.
To say that change begins with the individual has become something of a cliche, but the truth remains a reality.
That truth is that life is for living, not surrender. As a people the nations have surrendered enough – we surrendered pride, land, freedom, mobility, independence, and even our children to the boarding schools.
I say it is time to break the cycle, we can begin by reclaiming our children, the first step in that process is to provide positive nurturing examples.
The well being of a nations children is a window into the heart and and soul of that nation.