What are our children to think, feel and experience with what they are seeing and hearing on TV and the Internet not only in the last 12 months but also in the past few days? The majority may be confused, worried, scared and astonished that an adult running for the president of the United States has actions and behaviors that go against everything they hear and are taught by the adults in their immediate world. Some live in a dangerous and angry environment and hear similar things but they too know and feel intuitively that it doesn’t resonate with their small beings. There is no justifying it, explaining it or excusing it.
Unfortunately, Donald Trump is a reflection of parts of all of us. The fact that this has been allowed to take place demonstrates the collective consciousness of the American people and the lack of moral tenure in our communal environment. It represents the complacency of the majority and how lazy we have become in monitoring what is really happening at a deeper level. Or perhaps we’ve been in denial for it serves our busy lives and our focus on material and superfluous ventures that seem to mark our value.
If we allow history to teach us and to warn us then we have been alerted and warned. This behavior by Donald Trump is not any less demonstrative or manipulative than harmful past leaders both in the free and not free world. Our schools teach this history to our children. They learn what happens with a leader who denigrates decency and the moral fiber of its people.
His demonstration of the lack of compassion and empathy for those who have served him and crossed his path is in of itself a marker of the kind of human being he is with the emphasis on being and hopefully not human. Whatever we have taught our children becomes hypocritical, and we have lied to them about what we believe is truly important to live an honorable, productive and generous life.
My heart does ache for our confused, scared and vulnerable children. Their future lies in our hands and what we decide to do as a nation. This has been a dark time and day in our American history. Hopefully, we will learn a very important lesson from what is taking place right now before it is too late for those we love and hold so dear, for those beautiful children of our future. Let them be our shining light today and our determination to rededicate our country to what is decent and true about each and every one of us.