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When young we tend to have a positive outlook. Older people, however, may think they've grown past the enthusiasms of their youth, but chances are they're doing little to stimulate their attitude. In reality, a positive attitude has no connection to age. At the age of 76, General Douglas MacArthur said, "You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart, there is a recording chamber; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage; so long as you are young. When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then and only then are you grown old."
Youth haven't seen yet how time can turn things around, how new opportunities emerge. Albert Camus said, "Youth is above all a collection of possibilities."
That source is your spiritual being, ageless and timeless.
Win or lose is not the point. We're all valuable participants in the game of life, empowered by our uniqueness and enriched by our knowledge ad experience.
It has been said that young people today have more options than ever before with less guidance. The rudimentary skills children learn in school are crucial for their intellectual development, but ultimately leave little room for spiritual and personal growth. It is time that we focus on the personal development of our younger generations. Young people are the business leaders, decision-makers, and legislators of tomorrow. Even more importantly, their minds have an openness to new ideas, which is perhaps the greatest asset to any evolving society. I wish for our children to find what they can contribute that no one else can, so when they're nearing the end of their life they can look back and say, "I am going to miss this life. It was just amazing!"
All four areas of an individual's life (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) must be covered by the education process, but there should be no set curriculum that everyone must go through except at a very rudimentary level. One exception is the spiritual area, where everyone needs a basic understanding of who and what they are, and what society expects from them. Nearly everything else should be tailored to meet the individual's needs and interests. People learn most effectively when they are interested in what they are learning. Until they are self-motivated to learn something, it is not worth wasting the effort to teach them. Continues...
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