Education, Discipline, Efficiency and Tolerance (H.O.W.)

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H.O.W.

In November 2012 a movement called H.O.W. was launched by Bill Holland aka Billybuc, an esteem writer of web content efficiently active in HubPages.com.

H.O.W. is the abbreviation for ‘Humanity One World’, a movement with the mission to cure social ills. In his introduction-hub - http://billybuc.hubpages.com/_38378j7gdd2ge/hub/Social-Issues-How-Do-We-Cure-Social-Ills-HOW Bill Holland emphasizes the fact that one man can make a difference: "Great movements in history began with one idea and one wayward pilgrim willing to advance that idea, until it became a cohesive movement of change."

Writers of HubPages were instantly inspired by Bill to become members of H.O.W.. Sharing their ideas about social illness and presenting suggestions to cure it, will hopefully encourage readers all over the world to become part of this movement aiming to cure social illnesses.

Of course, not writing and talking about social ills and suggesting ways to cure it, but only serious action, will have positive results.

Choose your mission for 2013 today!

Check the lists of hub-articles containing ideas and suggestion and choose YOUR mission for 2013 at

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http://helpnowplease.wix.com/howonline

My suggestion for curing social illness implies the following:


  1. Education;
  2. Discipline;
  3. Efficiency;
  4. Tolerance.

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Education

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” ~ Einstein.

Einstein surely did not mean that everything we have learned as children are of no value. To the contrary, what we have learned has formed the foundation of our character. It will forever determine our ability to learn more, to understand, to foresee and to take care of our responsibilities in a specific way.

As children and adults we are all learners AND teachers. If each and every person take the time to learn as much as possible from others and to teach as much as possible to others, and especially to children, social ills will surely be paralyzed if not totally cured.

Suggestions:

  1. Focus on children between 3 and 12, the ages when impressions sink deep to become solid motivation for adult behavior. (If you cannot find a way to include strangers in your project, focus at least on your own children, grandchildren and their friends.)
  2. In co-operation with their mothers, guardians and teachers take them to places and events where they can develop desirable values and expand their knowledge and comprehension of life and what it entails. Game and nature reserves, zoos, animal shelters, museums, theaters, hospitals, even jails, restaurants, entertainment parks, shopping centres and many institutions offers ideal opportunities for educational tours and valuable experiences.

To emphasize my strong believe in education, I cannot resist the temptation to post a view meaningful quotes:

  • "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ~ Nelson Mandela
  • “You can never be overdressed or over-educated.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  • "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “When you know better you do better.” ~ Maya Angelou
  • “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” ~ C.S. Lewis
  • “Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.” ~ Albert Einstein


BUT do not forget the more complicated challenge to be met:


  • “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” ~ C.S. Lewis
  • “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” Leonardo da Vinci


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Discipline

When working with children, and even with adults, consistency is the keyword. Discipline – a system of rules of conduct or method of practice - has to be established and maintained. Not allowing a specific behavior one day but allowing it the next day is one of the main reasons why children become confused, insecure, rebellious and susceptible to bad influences.

“(Logic): Consistency is an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another.” ~ WordWeb

A few meaningful quotes about DISCIPLINE:

  • “Without discipline, there's no life at all.” ~ Katharine Hepburn
  • “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” ~ Buddha. (As adults we have to teach children how to control their own mind and heart. How can we do this if we cannot control our own?)
  • “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~Zig Ziglar
  • “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” ~ Jim Rohn
  • “Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways. “ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Efficiency

I am an advocate for efficiency. Do what you do, do well, is a song with appropriate lyrics that was embedded in my mind when I was a child. If you cannot do something properly rather allow someone else to do it. But then, a lazy person, and especially a lazy child, will grab this opportunity to shirk work and responsibilities, therefor determination and recognition of talents and ability at an early stage is important. Focusing on children, giving each and everyone a specific responsibility and encourage them – and actually force them - to bear it efficiently, WILL certainly build character immune to social ills. ("Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty")

When you launch educational tours as suggested under ‘Education’, assigning a task to each child will have surprisingly positive results, even if the specific task is merely to remember a significant experience or awareness to share with mom and dad and friends.


Some quotes about EFFICIENCY:


  • “Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.” ~ Peter F. Drucker
  • “Organizations cannot make a genius out of an incompetent. On the other hand, disorganization can scarcely fail to result in efficiency.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “It is more than probable that the average man could, with no injury to his health, increase his efficiency fifty percent.” ~ Walter Scott
  • “A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.” ~ Pat Riley
  • “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” ~ Peter Drucker
  • “I knew I could control one thing, and that is my time and my hours and my effort and my efficiency.” ~ Ryan Seacrest
  • “The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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Tolerance

One of the sad facts of life is human incompetence. Many people, if not most people, are truly not mentally and emotionally able to meet intelligent expectations. If total ignorance and carelessness, or insufficient intelligence are not the reasons for their undesirable behavior, they may suffer mild to severe mental illness. We have to identify incompetence in human character and personality and try to make amends by doing what is supposed to be done.

Of course we should not tolerate destructing behavior, or in other words, social illness. But being educated, disciplined and consistent, we will be able to treat the guilty efficiently by following the legal and ethical procedures that is supposed to terminate destruction and maintaining peace and harmony in societies.

Our power and capacity to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions and our passionate strive to create favorable conditions are supposed to motivate us to educate and discipline children (and adults) efficiently.

Some quotes about TOLERANCE:

  • “What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.” ~ Voltaire
  • “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” ~ Maya Angelou
  • “In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama
  • “The fact is we can only love what we know personally. And we cannot know much. In public affairs, in the rebuilding of civilization, something less dramatic and emotional is needed, namely tolerance.” ~ E. M. Forster
  • “The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.” ~ George Eliot
  • “The highest result of education is tolerance.” ~ Helen Keller

And this brings us back to education.......

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Make the most of YOUR unique talents!

Your small contribution together with the small contributions of all others will be the FORCE that will finally cure social illnesses.


Find your niche today here or here.

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But before you leave, let's find our place in society -

In the comment section drbj reminded me of another categorization of people:

  1. Those who make things happen;
  2. Those who watch things happen;
  3. Those who wander around mumbling, 'What's happening?'

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

I know Charlize is busy, but she should drop us a note and see what you wrote Martie! Wow! This was beyond expectations and we thank you wholeheartedly. A wonderdul contribution to H.O.W. from Beloved South Africa. This is getting better than Viagra plus red wine!

P.S. your HUB was already posted at our site!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Martie, this is brilliant. I am a big believer in education and proper parenting...we could go a long way towards correcting many of the social ills if those two things were emphasized. I love all of your points, and I greatly appreciate you helping us in this movement. Thank you so much!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi my dear lord, I do believe in the power of education and knowledge. Having this will evidently lead to social health. High time for me to watch another Charlize Theron movie. Re Viagra and red wine - are they not supposed to neutralize each other? Or what do I know? I am a woman preferring rosé instead of red and Viola with Orchestra instead of Viagra. Oh, don't tell me, just surprise me! Lol! Thanks for posting this hub at your site. Now I'll continue catching up on all the reads. Have a great weekend, lord!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

billybuc, your approval means a lot to me. Thank you! In my country the lack of education, discipline, efficiency and tolerance is the MAIN reason of all social illnesses. So terribly sad! Sometimes I just don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for initiating such a brilliant movement. May we achieve the goal set by you :)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

You too Martie! Surprise you? I thought you were my cyber SISTA. :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Lol, lord! No-no-no, 'Don't tell me, just surprise me!' is but only a general saying of women preferring not to upset themselves with thoughts about the possible fatal consequences of the doings of men, such as 'Don't tell me, show me!' is for those writing/reading fiction. Oh boy! Lol!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

H.O.W. did I know my Sista would put her special perspective on this issue...

Your thoughts are logical, organized and most meaningful. children are truly our greatest investment for the future.

Your quotes are so carefully selected for each area...especially loving those from Maya, Drucker and of course, Nelson.

Here, here for the encouragement of tolerance. Brava for stressing the importance of education. Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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HoneyBB 4 years ago from Illinois

Very important article as no matter how much empathy you have for people, if you are not educated or have the wisdom to make a difference you find yourself at a dead stop. Thanks for sharing. Voted+++


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

"Education is what one learns after he has forgotten everything learned in school" is so true, After four college degrees, I know this only too well. My education began after I started to teach, about children's feelings and self esteem, which are, after all, what it is all about. Thanks for your wonderful work on these pages and thanks to my friend, Bill.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

After reading several of these H.O.W. hubs, I am convienced that the wrong people are running the world. Your ideas are well thought out, well founded and the best part is each concept has the ring of truth to it. It is a privilege to read this.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

@ marcoujor – If money is the root of all evil, education (including decent values) is certainly the root of all Good. Thank you for your consistent support, my dearest Maria :)

@ HoneyBB – I do believe that education enables empathy; the less we know and understand the more obsessed and self-complacent we are with ourselves and our own selfish ideas of right and wrong.

@ whonunuwho - I’ve met professors, stuffed with knowledge, but still uneducated. Education certainly includes wisdom, love and compassion.

@ mckbirdbks – Without followers leaders are nobodies. The educated will not follow baboons in leading positions, but so very unfortunately in order to survive they are compelled to obey rules set by those baboons, consequently encouraging oligarchy. What will the educated not all sacrifice for the sake of peace and harmony? Your opinions count in my corner. Thank you!


SilverGenes 4 years ago

Martie, you have a special ability to lay out your ideas in a logical way, illustrate them with purpose, and sum up with action. You did it again, brilliantly! Education in schools and at home would certainly go a long way in preventing the social ills we have today.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a wonderful hub, Martie! I agree so much - education of the young is an extremely important basis for curing social ills. Thank you for all the great advice and suggestions and for the interesting quotations as well.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

@ SilverGenes,

@ Alicia,

thank you for agreeing with my suggested cure for social illness. I do believe that human's basic character is formed during the first 7 years of our life. Whatever happen afterwards either build or destroy the basic.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

My dearest Martie - what a wonderful initiative and what a lucid article!

Congratulations to you both - I hope you will change this world - one heartbeat at a time!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

What can i say? This without a doubt is the most impressive write that i have had the privilege to read. Education is the most essential combative against wrong and hate. There was a time when black people were beaten if found with a book. Thank God that has changed. There is still much to be achieved. Better schools in the black neighborhoods. That is slowly happening in America, and with our beloved president it will continue to improve. Thank you Martie. I am proud to call you my Sista...Cheers.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Excellent hub and keen observations! It all starts with education. Thank you for some wonderful ideas and beautiful, appropriate quotes! up++


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

My dear kallini, you are always in my thoughts and I do hope that merely knowing that I wish you the best triumphs will keep you strong and eager to beat all your enemies. Changing this world starts with changing ourselves into winners. The latter, however, truly seems to be a full-time, never-ending job.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this hub of mine and to leave me such an inspiring comment. I appreciate your friendship and support so much, because your high standards and expectations determine the goals I set for myself.

Lots of love from me to you :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Always Exploring, what a lovely compliment from you, giving me that momentarily warm feeling of satisfaction when I realize that I've successfully reached a goal. Thank you so much, my adorable Sista :)

So very interesting to know that South Africa, since realizing and admitting the wrongs of Apartheid and Racism, is not the only country trying to establish and maintain better schools in black neighborhoods.

What's interesting down here: Since 1994 all schools are open for all races. Now we see a phenomenal development: Black students excel in schools situated in neighborhoods where whites, including teachers, are the majority, while they go from bad to worse in the schools situated in black neighborhoods where the majority teachers are black and obviously not committed to education and their responsibility to teach and lead children. Teachers in white schools go out of their way to make things happen, to meet the challenges provided by incompetent managers in the Department of Education, while teachers in the previous disadvantaged schools in black neighborhoods do nothing but participating in strikes and blaming the government and Apartheid for all the wrongs we are supposed to correct one by one on a daily basis.

Really, Ruby, in my country the general carelessness, negative attitudes and in fact total incompetence of teachers in black schools should be mentioned, acknowledged and addressed. I wish with all my heart that they will get IT and that they will eagerly start to cure the illness in their societies instead of waiting for miracles to happen while the children in their care stay uneducated turning themselves into criminals.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, btrbell. Those quotes prove that we, in our mission to cure social illness, are not addressing a new illness, but Evil forever present for us to beat on a daily basis and sadly, in order for future generations to reap the benefits.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

The H.O.W. movement starts in the very best place with our children. Thanks for sharing these true and wonderful thoughts, Martie. And if we truly want people to be compassionate...less complacent....it really starts with the kids!! Sharing!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Martie....Simply fabulous! Every quote you have used here is POWERFUL. I want to print them and hang them about my home, to inspire me daily. Many of them I am familiar with. I am fond of Maya and her deep thoughts and common sense.....

H.O.W has taken off and it is so exciting. I am encouraged by the great response from our Hub Community. It DOES satrt with one. Here we are the proof.

You speak passionately of education and I am with you 100%, Martie.

H.O.W. has spurred me to be even more mindful and generous with my time, energies and gifts......and your hub has caused an "aHA!" moment for me. Tomorrow morning, bright and early, I intend to add my name to LITERACY VOLUNTEERS of America. What have I been thinking? How simple yet profound a difference we can make!!.............UP+++


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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

Thanks for your wonderful and beautiful ideas.. so true, education of the young is a principle for social change and remediation.

Voted and shared :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

@ midget38 - As the twig's bent, the tree is inclined; old twigs are not easy bendable...

@ fpherj48 - Indeed, I am passionate about education. Uneducated people are dangerous animals - primates - acting impulsively on their urges to live, multiply and die. Please, add your name to LITERACY VOLUNTEERS of America. You would do extremely well in that specific role. And how do I know this - because you are Aries.

@ Mike Robbers - perfect phrase: "Education of the young is a principle for social change and remediation." Thank you!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This is very thoughtful and logical, Martie, but I would expect no less from you, m'luv. I am with you all the way re your selection of Education, Discipline and Tolerance as the potential means for alleviating social illness.

Efficiency as your Drucker quote describes it: 'doing better what is already being done' is necessary but I would also add the category of Effectiveness since Drucker also said as you pointed out: ''Efficiency is doing things right; Effectiveness is doing the right things.” (He really had it together, didn't he?)

Your quotes, BTW, are perfect and add much to your commentary. If you don't mind, I would like to add a third category to your list of the kinds of people in the world: 1) Those who make things happen, 2) Those who watch things happen, and 3) Those who wander around mumbling, 'What's happening?'

Would you agree?


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Lol, drbj, I love your third category of people - it actually belongs in the hub - at the end, I would say, just to make sure readers get the opportunity to categorize themselves properly. It may encourage some to read the hub all over again. Lol!

And, of course, definitely so: ''Efficiency is doing things right; Effectiveness is doing the right things.”

Thank you so much for your lovely comment, drbj :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Martie, I was sure I had already left you a comment on here, must be my pc playing tricks again! lol! what an awesome hub, and if everybody followed in this idea what a great world it would be, I totally agree with you about the education etc, we could all learn to be better people if we were taught properly in the first place, wonderful Martie and of course Billy as well with his great ideas too, nell


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Nell, always good to see you in my corner. I do believe we reap the fruit we sow. Not educating and disciplining children efficiently can only bear bad fruit. At present I have a couple of hooligans as neighbors - in a new house that was recently built by a property developer investing in tenants and not buyers. (So God knows what I will hear and see from now on.) This couple shout and swear at each other like sailors and in between their little boy echos the one with the cards in the hand. I can't believe my own ears.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Martie, you have brought real time solutions to real time problems and they all begin at home. Education, discipline, everything you mentioned should be instilled in children just as learning to tie their shoes and reciting the alphabet. If these values are imbedded in one's psyche, we would have less problems today and more solutions to the ones we have.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Ha! I think there are days I wander around and think "what happened?!" But then I get my butt in gear and I start thinking about what I can do to correct the problems I see. Usually my ideas fall on deaf ears - but here, with the HOW movement I have found like-minded people who value the same things as me and I love it. Martie, you are a real dear. YOU can change the world.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

One word OUT STANDING! Thank you Martie for a wonderful hub and contribution to the wonderful movement. This will indeed offer such great advice and tips to many who have been intrusted with the care of children. Thank you.

Sunnie


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

@ bravewarrior

@ Ardie

@ Sunnie Day

Thank you so much for your supportive comments, making this hub a treasury filled with encouragement to those who don't consider education, discipline, efficiency and tolerance as vaccines immunizing children (and adults) against social illnesses.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Beautiful, thought-provoking hub. I agree that working with young children through education and providing them with effective discipline reaps positive rewards in terms of preventing social ills, while increasing social tolerance.

Am voting this hub up across the board except for funny and sharing.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Happyboomernurse! I have to emphasize my believe in education (and in particularly in personality development) - If we were not efficiently educated, how would we be able to keep our society healthy with our own behavior? Would we not without the proper education be the viruses, bacteria and pests responsible for all social illnesses? Thanks for your visit, Gail :) Much appreciated!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Well said, Martie.

Your highlighted points are key points for all to know and remember.

Thanks for sharing.

Sending Angels your way this evening.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

pstraubie - Thanks for reading and commenting and especially for the angels :)


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Martie, You've covered so many key factors that result in improvement in society. The quotes were awesome and wonderfully appropriate. I'm a big fan of Jim Rohn and actually saw him in person in 1995. It changed my life for the better. He advocated discipline in all things and taught that Everything matters. So true. What seems to be lacking in the educational system today is the ability to affect discipline without recourse. Power has shifted to the parents of privileged children who can do no wrong. We have lost the ability to "develop desirable values and expand their knowledge and comprehension of life and what it entails". A return to those values and lessons is key.

Thought provoking and important hub here. Wish there were buttons for that. Voted all the way up, even funny, for the quote from Drbj.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

PegCole - I agree so much with you. One really does not know what the future will be like, keeping in mind that this complaint about undisciplined youth is as old as the mountains, already uttered by Sokrates/Pluto, King Solomon and all those wise men of ancient times. So where will it eventually end? Thanks for your most profound comment :)

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