Hat-tip Claimsman of DelphForums for the heads-up to the video above.
There's a television show called Are you smarter than a fifth-grader which is meant to be fun and entertaining, but in truth it's a rather interesting contrast: do we, as we get older and more experienced, become stupid? Do we incorporate so many facts and figures among our experiences that they turn to mush, taking along with them any sense or sensibility, while the constant screeching of morality and politics from vested interests keep us from taking time out to save our minds?
And yes, that's a leading question, on purpose.
"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future"
-- John F. Kennedy
Our children learn from our examples. We are the guardians of our future; they are the future guardians of our planet. They are a major part of our legacy. But are we taking our responsibility toward the future and as stewards of the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of humanity, as well as the planet and all its resources, seriously?
"I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside."
-- Whitney Houston
Here's another outstanding child who also saves her mother by calling 911:
I'd like to think that, for the most part, we're doing a great job for our children: ensuring they have adequate health care and a good education, proper guidance for what is right and wrong, a tolerance and understanding of different people, cultures and religions...but then I look at the world today, and see war, waste, corruption and destruction. I see politics dictating poor policies out of political expedience and sound bytes, leading to cutting children's health care and education or favoring only the children of the wealthy. I see...well, hell -- I see this:
- 1/3/2007 "Bless the beastly little children of a lesser god than mine." by GreyHawk
- 11/29/2007 And A Little Child Shall Lead Them by GreyHawk
- 12/16/2007 Got Kids, Meet Their Future by jimstaro
- 11/10/2008 Children Go Where I Send Thee: Die. by rba
- 1/26/2009 Children of a Lesser Allah by Jeff Huber
- 9/25/2009 Too stupid to be parents by GreyHawk
- 11/17/2009 Hier, les enfants dansaient by ConnecticutMan1
- 11/29/2009 Project Omelas - Finding a cause by Unenergy
What kind of a world are we making for our children? What kind of a job are we teaching them about waste, abuse, greed, war, kindness, wisdom and sustainable behaviors? What have we taught them about Justice?
It's a question worthy not only of discussion, but -- ideally -- one that should initiate action(s) toward rectifying any problems with have with the answers.
This is an Open Thread.