Meadville Tribune

Opinion

May 2, 2014

If our children are loved, they can make the world a better place

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” To me, this quote speaks of the future. The message I find is that through the way their children are cared for, one can see the society’s goals.

Our goals and those of the community show what kind of people live in that society and whether they strive to accomplish great things. If a society cares for their children, teaches them, loves them and encourages them to achieve their goals; those are the people who will accomplish great things and propel mankind into a better future and the children will, when they grow up, teach their children to follow these values as well.

It is not only the responsibility of the parents and family members; it is the responsibility of the community as a whole to care for the younger generation. We must inspire the children with our words and actions and treat every one of them as our own.

If their parents cannot look after them, we must take them in and try to care for them as well as we can. If we cannot or will not do this, society itself cannot grow. If our children are mistreated and abused, discouraged and undereducated, how can a society stand? It cannot; it will fall upon itself into chaos and disorder.

But if our children are loved and reach to the stars, they can and will become whatever they want to be or do. They will be the ones to cure cancers, land on Mars and spread peace to the nations. We must pass on the torch to the children, those who can make the world a better place.

Kaitlin Smith is an eighth grader at Seton Catholic School. She won first place in the Optical Filters USA and Crawford County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) sponsored essay contest for middle school students in observance of April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. Her essay was titled “Envisioning the Future.”

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