Posts Tagged ‘community’

If I Died Tonight

February 21, 2010

If I Died Tonight

I am flying back from my address in Winnipeg, on my book tour. I have done well-enough for a boy who nearly failed to graduate from highschool.

If I died tonight I would go peacefully knowing that I have done, since my adulthood, all that I know how to do.

It is a cool, clear autumn night as I peer through thousands of feet of darkness down to the warm glimmering lights of thousands of homes, streets, and automobiles. Lights of thousands of pin-prick names and lives at a glance–“ant colonies” of human endeavor. I feel tiny but I am not alone in my tininess.

We matter to ourselves and to our loved ones but we, as individuals among the millions, do not matter very much.

Although we may protest that this should not be, it is so. And we show a child-like egocentrism when we protest, scream, and tantrum into the void in denial.

Let us not leave our small families, our few friends, and our towns in search of self-deification. It is with these people and in these places, that most of us can experience all that any human has a right to hope for: As much love, kindness and perfection in an imperfect world as any one in any age has ever enjoyed.

V. Thomas Mawhinney,Ph.D.     3/25/89

We Had Better Teach Manners!

February 1, 2010

We Had Better Teach Manners!

Once families, churches, communities and schools once commonly, worked in concert, to teach our children manners (civil behavior, morals and ethics).

Now, many of our  families struggle to teach these manners to their children all by themselves.  Our public  schools have largely abandoned the teaching of morals. The media (which has become more the community for our children) is largely dedicated to immoral behavior. The only outside assistance for parents who struggle against the tide of social corruption, pumped from seemingly everywhere to their children,  is the church.  But this important aid is only available to those who significantly involve themselves their children in these specialized communities. Unfortunately, significant involvement in our churches has been in decline.

After decades of these trends, it is very hard  for parents who never learned  manners  to teach them to their children.

In all of this, our Nation appears is  in serious trouble.

Samuel Adams once  expressed his grave concerns about a society without manners .

The following is from Founders Quote Daily, by the PatriotPost U.S.


“[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” –Samuel Adams, essay in The Public Advertiser, 1749

V. Thomas Mawhinney,  2/1/2010

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