Sunday, 19 June 2016

Hope For The Future

When Emily wanted to start a blog, we agreed that we wanted it to be a journal for our children's lives and to try to encourage positive, family life. I never wanted to use it to preach as I am not qualified, nor intelligent enough. I only really keep up with sport and consciously choose to not read a paper or the news as I find it so upsetting, but I catch bits here and there and Emily keeps me informed with big stuff: Celeb deaths, etc. But, in light of the last week with various shootings and just a wealth of despicable, callous behaviour, I have found it really hard to sleep thinking about the poor families that have been so immediately affected by gun crime, and so have been reading from great Philosophers to try to ease my mind. One of whom, Albert Einstein is such a wonderful philosopher and I think has words are still so relevant today and he is certainly qualified to preach: 

''Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.''

''I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.''

''Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them.''

''We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.''

My heart is so sad for all those families affected and I know there will be more atrocities even at this moment, but we must be encouraged to do what we can for coming generations. As average Joe citizens we can't change gun laws or prevent people blowing themselves up, but we can be role models for people around us. Actions speak louder than words, so don't be afraid going against the crowd if the crowd is doing the wrong thing. Look after each other, especially in times of hardship for ''Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.''


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