If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, scientist and President of India from 2002 to 2007
Who we become as adults is determined almost exclusively by what we learn as children.
During the early years, when our brains are like sponges absorbing every word we hear and internalizing every action done to us, the people closest to us have all the power in the world to either shape us into fine, upstanding people or neglect us and leave us doing whatever we can just to survive.
Understanding this, parents and teachers, you absolutely must take your responsibility seriously. The power you wield over your children can either build them up or cut them down.
And while it is important for you to instruct them and teach them by the example of your own lives, it is even more important that you give them the sense of love and security they need in which to grow and flourish. Deny them that, and they are bound to grow up seeing the world as a hostile place.
As a society, we are only as strong as our ability to work together. If all we learned as children from our parents and teachers was how to get what we can and not how to give all that we have, we can never be more than a disorganized people who cannot take care of ourselves, let alone each other.