The world around us

Last week I did not write at all. After watching the news, seeing the bombing in Boston on television, all the other reports about it, and the subsequent manhunt, I just didn’t feel like writing. It seemed trivial. I just wanted to take a step back.
I write about family, parties, children, and homeschooling. I have written about my recent miscarriage and how I want to try again to have another baby. Then I watch the news. I see the hatred, the violence, the wars, the politics, the problems, and I cannot help but wonder why I wanted to have children. I wonder what the future holds for them, and it frightens me. It’s a scary place in the world with so much suffering.
Then I see my children’s smiles, their hope, their optimism. I think about how we need to train our children to love and help others. They are the future. Perhaps they can fix our mistakes. I just feel sorry for them that there are so many mistakes to fix and so many people in the world that need love and help. It gives me hope.
To all of you who are parents, do you ever think this way? If so, what makes you feel more optimistic about the future?

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  1. Kayte Thomas
    April 23, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I don’t see the world as being any worse than it was in the past. There are more people, there is more access to events, and there is more demand to know.
    In the past, trains were held up at gun point, there were shootouts on the streets, people were killed because of their skin color or religious beliefs, and “witches” were put to death. This was all acceptable and encouraged. These things still happen but they don’t happen as frequently and they are less accepted.
    The world will never be perfect. There will always be intolerance and hatred. There will always be terrorists. But there will also always be heroes. There are more good people than bad in this world and there always will be.
    Education and tolerance have made the world a better place in which to live. Same sex couples can walk down the street hand in hand, interracial couples are a common site, we can freely practice the religion of our choice, and we can even practice witchcraft openly. Because of the advances in technology, we all have a better understanding of other cultures and through understanding comes acceptance.
    I educate my children and pray they continue to make the world just a little bit better than it was before they were in it just as many generations before them have done.

    • bearhaven
      April 25, 2013 at 1:48 am

      I think sometimes it looks like it is worse because we get the news faster. We hear everything that is going on in the world. It is so easy to get bogged down. Kayte, your children are fantastic, and I know they will leave a great mark on the world.

  2. tammy j long
    April 23, 2013 at 1:15 am

    i felt that way 28 years ago when i had my kids, the only thing i was ever sure of was that things would change, i had hoped for the better and in some ways it has. i see my grown kids doing random acts of kindness and know i did something right. i am a grandma now and hope to instill in my grandkids the same need to help others.
    don’t give up hope, because then the evil has won.

    • bearhaven
      April 25, 2013 at 1:46 am

      Thank you for your perspective! You must be very proud of your children, and I bet you and your children will instill those values in your grandchildren

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