(How to Raise your Children?)
Is a child raised on the “good book” simply given a good moral education, or are they brainwashed by their parents’ adherence to their skewed version of the ideology? And in so doing, do the parents unwittingly sow the seeds to grow a warrior for the cause instead of a rounded human being? The young human mind is delicate and can be forever fused by dogma. Choose wisely how you raise your children for each is the hologram of our collective future.
Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer, also echoed these philosophies in his well-known work The Prophet which has been made into an animated feature featuring Liam Neeson and Salma Hayek.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Originally published at https://www.hologram.me.uk on November 3, 2014.