3.08.2011

Love and Compassion

"Whatever the intellectual quality of the education given our children, it is vital that it include elements of love and compassion, for nothing guarantees that knowledge alone will be truly useful to human beings. Among the major troublemakers society has known, many were well-educated and had great knowledge, but they lacked a moral education in qualities such as compassion, wisdom and clarity of vision." ~Dalai Lama

I read this quote this morning and it has been food for thought. I have always hated hearing people say that we live in a terrible world because truly, I believe we live in a wonderful world in many ways. My grandkiddoes would never believe the world I grew up in -- no computers, no cell phones, even cordless phones arrived after I got married, I think. {And I know I am old, but I'm not that old!} Just the difference in the two time periods I was a college student was amazing. On Round 2, it was so easy to do research and write papers because of the computer and the internet. But I do agree that we live in a complicated, difficult world as well. Which means it's ever more important that the children in our lives are taught well, raised well and loved well.

The concept of the moral education is something that I love, and I love to see it happening in the lives of my grandkiddoes and their friends. When you can see 7 year olds, 5 year olds and even 2 year olds with more compassion, insight and love than many adults, you know their parents are doing something right.

And us grandparents? We watch, we hug them and we cheer them on.

8 comments:

Emily said...

Love this. I couldn't agree more! Great thought to start my morning. Thank you!

Jill said...

Great quote--and it goes along with this whole Brandon Davies fiasco. The world needs more love, compassion, and morals.

Jori said...

Awesome quote! I saw a horrible car accident this week. As I was calling 911 about 8 people jumped out of their cars and ran to help. It did my heart good. You are right, we really do live in a wonderful world.:)

Suzanne said...

What a beautiful quote and your thoughts were just as wonderful!

Darleen said...

There is still good....but the world does need more. And that begins with the family--good parents who love! You're definitely one who does that.

Carrie Page said...

Great food for thought. Thanks for sharing! So true about some adults lacking what children seem to grasp so naturally!

Natalie Scott said...

Probably my most favorite quote you've ever posted. There is such a push for education and for our kids to be "smart." When often we forget to teach the more important principles of kindness, love and compassion.

Such good food for thought, Jan. Thanks!

Brynne said...

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