Originally Posted by smudge981
My good works are through the community services I've been performing for the last 25 years. My girlfriend calls my hallway my award shrine. But the one I'm most proud of is a colored drawing my daughter drew. I have it framed and dead center. The people who make this world a better place aren't the Martin Luther Kings and the Oprah Winfreys. It's the mothers and fathers who raise their children up right. The Bible clearly states that all your good works are for naught if you fail to bring up your children properly. As a pastor once told me, "If you're a father and you're not going to bed tired...you're doing it wrong.
" Uh-oh. As Syndrome said in "The Incredibles, " I can't believe you got me monologing."
Look, that's all easy to say, but of course it involves the non-judgment 'right'. What's right? Since you brought up MLK, do you really claim that those folks in the south back in the 60s thought they were raising their children wrong? Of course they didn't. They absolutely believed in their screwed up ideology. It wasn't until highly visible people start speaking up and taking risks that the situation changed, because it gave other people the courage to speak up as well. They are LOTS of people who have made the world a better place, but they weren't very great parents, sometimes quite bad parents.
It's not a simple fairy tale world. It's complicated and messy and there's no answer that's always right, unfortunately. You have to judge situations on their merits, and sometimes that means doing something that you would prefer not to do, which makes you uncomfortable or puts you and your family at risk, or sometimes it means you don't spend the time you should have with your family. Freedom isn't free, nor or many other things, and sometimes the price paid isn't lives on a battlefield, sometimes it's in sacrifices in the content or quality of lives.
Anyway, I'm not pinging you specifically. But I do think you are taking an overly simplistic view of the world. Even if every child on this planet was raised 'right' by your interpretation of that, there would still be plenty of problems, because they aren't caused by overt evil, but often just because there's only so much to go around and there are often legitimate differences in opinion in which one group will win or lose. And there are lots of troubles that are caused by completely 'right raised' people being stupid as a group, no matter how reasonable they are as individuals.