In light of our nations recent tradgedies and the past years as well, this makes me scared for what the world will be like for our great grandkids. What will the world be like for them and if it continues to get worse or more dangerous would you choose not to have kids if you would be living in this "future time"? It definetly makes you think of the kind of lifestyle changes or decisions that or future great grand kids will have to face.
I'm sure years ago, 50, 100 years ago, our grands and great-grands thought the same thing of our 'now' generation.
Think about the period of slavery, if they had stopped procreating, then where will the 'now generation be? Think back to the time of the holocaust, if they had stopped pro-creating...Well, you get where I'm going.
Evil has been a part of humanity from the beginning. It's a season that comes and go. We have our share, they'll have theirs. Life goes on.
The media plays a huge part in growing a hyper-vigilant society, afraid to go out their front doors, afraid to send their children to school, afraid to attend large events. We don't need to be so informed that the horrors of the world become our every moment focus. To shut down the greater Boston metropolitan area for a day while searching for a 19 year old seems extreme to me and sends exactly the message terrorists want. To paraphrase something I read earlier, "terrorism" only works to the extent that people are terrorized.
Parents need to do what parents should always be doing, teaching our children to be strong, loving and resilient. Strong families make strong communities, strong societies, strong civilizations. I think we can do a much better job by turning off the continual 24 hour media coverage of terrible events. It certainly has an effect on our kids. On the other hand, resilience helps us understand that we need to be more tolerant.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. There have always been dangers in the world.
Think of just a hundred years ago when people had large families because most children didn't make it to adulthood, succumbing to diseases we can easily treat and prevent now.
There have always been wars and fighting and genocide. How they do it might change, but the fact that there is evil in the world has existed since recorded history.
I think it's a myth that the good old days were great and now we are living in a dangerous time.
They've actually proven that despite people's fears, it's a very safe time for children from health perspective to personal safety (there are plenty of published studies on this).
I remember being pregnant with my oldest and feeling him kicking when the second twin tower was falling and I was watching it on TV. While there was fear, I also remember that life renews itself. Where there is bad there is also good. Where there is fear, there is hope.
We have to hold our heads up and keep looking forward. The future is what we make it.
There will always be evil, but it doesn't mean the future is bleak.
So true, I guess we have to keep hope, and not let all of our darkest fears keep us from living life. One things for sure, as a parent it makes me want to take notes about conversations I want to have with my kids as they grow older. From things like bombings to boys. LOL They are still so young only 4 and 7. But I want them to understand the world as it changes and I want to make sure I can give them the tools they need.
The world probably won't be much different. Cultures come and go, languages come and go, and every nation, country and community deals with tragedy at some point or another. People think that shootings and terrorist attacks are so horrible today simply because they are out of touch with history. Imagine how the Jews felt in WWII, I'm sure they felt much more scared about the world, for their loves ones and their own lives even more than us Americans can even comprehend today. This is an example concerning guns, if you take all the guns away from Americans, then America will be just like Germany during WWII, etc. In fact, we Americans need to consider ourselves blessed today in comparison with most of the other countries in the world... we aren't living in Communist or Socialist regimes (at least not yet anyways), we don't have to worry about ourselves getting shot or blown up every five minutes of every day the way people are in the Middle-East, etc. For the few tragedies that we experience in America, we should consider ourselves truly blessed and protected!
Stupid me, I also forgot to even mention slavery! Think about the fact that the freedom of black people in America only started with Abraham Lincoln and wasn't truly successful until Martin Luther King (and others) took a stand in the 1960's! Consider the hundreds of years of slavery and racism that blacks had to deal with, and they still deal with racism regularly today! Yes, the occasional school shootings, bombings, and terrorist activities we deal with in America today are horrible, but they are all blown up by the media as if the whole world is coming to an end. The truth is, looking back through the history of the world and the Bible, violence has always been prevalent among man, because man is born with sin, if this wasn't the case then we would not have any murders, deaths, killings or genocides etc even today. Man does all of these things, and has since man was created (note Kane and Abel in the Bible). Man is responsible for the murder and destruction of himself, not God, not guns, not bombs or anything else... just man. Guns are just weapons, and its about time that people understand that. People act like guns are evil... what about swords, spears and knives... people have killed each other with them for centuries and they still do in parts of this world. My overall point is that man is inherently evil to some extent... all of us have the capability to fight, kill, rob rape or steal, man has always had this sinful nature since creation, and I bet that you take any man or woman today and put them in the right (or should I say wrong) circumstances, and they will kill, murder, etc at their own will. Man is to blame itself, not guns, not bombs or weapons of mass destruction, etc, just man itself.
I think it will be a better world because it is not so great today. We just need to teach our children to care about each other, the environment, stop taking sh***t and to work to have a better world, they will teach our grandchildren the same. As plenty of people have said, we think it is bad just because we didn't really experience how things were in the past.
If we of this generation do not do something to our world right NOW, our great grandchildren will be growing in a really really f**ked up world.
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