An increase in cheating reflects deep anxiety and insecurity in America nowadays, desperation even, as well as arrogance among the rich and cynicism among ordinary people. As first teachers, parents must equip and enforce reasonable guidelines and parameters for their children; if they choose to deviate from that later, that is their prerogative. As parents, we are to teach our children when we sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we rise up. Children respond to their environment. It makes a big difference in how they turn out because it is recorded in their minds forever.
Everyone has a degree of narcissism (self-preoccupation); however, it becomes a problem when one or both partners are unable to empathize with and support the other. Everyone is part of God’s kingdom and each person is that special piece necessary to complete the puzzle called life. God is the source of everything that makes men, men and women, women. They differ physically, mentally, and emotionally, but they are complementarily equal. God works through our words, actions, and relationships to bring good news to people by contrasting life without faith and life with faith.
If each of us would reach out in caring friendship to one person today, what a difference it would make for us all. Marriage, at its best, is when each partner gives as close to one hundred percent as possible and puts the other one’s needs before his or her own. Morality in America, during the last few generations, continues on the road of decline. Many things contribute to the destructive behavior we are experiencing today. We are doing this with our thoughts, our words, and our actions. Conditions will only get worse until this trend is reversed.
More people, male and female, young and old, are devoting more time to addictive pursuits, such as video games, the Internet, and sexual perversions. Most of us do bad things. We betray friends, make hurtful remarks, and lie. We could reduce negative consequences if each one of us participated less.
Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?
Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.