One thing we can never give back to our children is their innocence. Once it’s lost, it’s lost. Some children never enjoy a state of wide-eyed wonder or a sense of trust in their elders. They jump from being born into confusion, then into fear (or even terror) and the desperate need to learn how to survive in their environments. Learning that we have each chosen our parents and the time and place of birth brings little comfort until adulthood when these battered people begin (if at all) to search for answers to their soul-deep questions. What did I do? is often the most prominent.
We can lose our innocence as a country, too. For the modern world, though we humans are certainly accustomed to ‘being at war,’ our innocence was shredded by World War II. Yet, as individuals, many of us experience wide-eyed wonder when struck by love, or by the sight of a wondrous sunset or a magnificent tree, or when learning a new skill or uncovering a talent—perhaps realizing that deep within us is an artist waiting to find expression.
What is my point? We have nearly destroyed our planet with the unchecked, flaming desire for piles of gold that swung so far to one side it went over the top and collapsed into itself, bringing down the economies of the world. Yet, there is hope—obviously not through fake financial instruments or shallow ‘shopping’ solutions—but through answers uncovered by tapping the Light within us. Life is meant to be vastly more than economics, but if talking economics, let us remember that solid economies grow through providing quality, legitimate products and services that support all of life. Saving our world—thus ourselves—will not happen at this point by skimming the surface of who we are; we must dive deeply now, as individuals and organizations, for the shape-shifting, Love-made miracles we need.