The attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, is not the first of its kind. It is imperative therefore not to say that it has come and gone. Similar occurrence must be prevented in the future. To do this parents have a bigger role to play. Believe me, if I say this violence is being committed by a deranged fellow then it’s possible I am the one that is deranged. Someone who wants to get even with the society and hits where it hurts most, – the innocent and defenseless children – seemed to be more of a derailed than deranged individual. To reason out, plan and execute such a mechanical assault – of a military nature – based on the potentially massive agony it could cause, are no feats for a deranged mind.
Effort by law enforcement agents, Presidents’ executive power, political moves, legislative processes, media action, etc would help but these are corrective measures after the issue has developed into a full social problem. There would be the necessity to tackle it from the moment it’s showing a bud; often within the high school age. This is the age when self achievement is charted via the illusion of zero effort and the requirement of a short period; the path of dishonor.
To the youth, you can only teach how to achieve life goals… getting all they want in life. They’ll understand. But it is God that gives knowledge. Meanwhile what you understand may not be as proficiently useful as what you know; so they’ll need further help. This could come from the following:
i. The inner voice
Teaching about and how to listen to the inner voice – the voice of God – that’ll reveal the knowledge embedded in what you understood. This is happening already but could be made more profound. In “Gifted Hands,” Prof. Ben Carson read several issues of a journal on psychology that helped him to have not just a better focus on his life ambition but attitude at living. He started helping others at a young age. His elder brother, Curtis that got the subscription on his behalf could not force him to read. He read several issues, and long enough to imbibe a positive viewpoint about life. There were a few links that he formed by listening to his inner voice. To read right, to read the first issue, to read on… and long enough…
Obviously two opposing inner voices steer every human endeavor… Parental love coupled with adulthood experience will guide every parent to give a persistent encouragement. Close monitoring would confirm that they are discerning the inner voices appropriately, to ensure they do not derail from the honorable path. When effort to improve on poor academic results is lacking or inadequate; when he’s nonchalant about a sliding academic performance; and when he finds it difficult to honestly seek assistance from parents and teachers; trouble is imminent.
As adults, we already know that there are no easy roads to success. But we should be particularly thankful to God because we know the easiest road to success is the honorable one. Keeping our kids on this path is a better way to tackle get-even violent crime in its bud. It is also a way to ensure the peace of mind we crave, in our old age; for our children; and …for the society.