When we teach good character to children, we are cooperating in raising children to be good citizens not only in their local community but also good citizens of the planet. Our world is tiny, spinning in the great darkness and we need to all get along for the greater good. When we can put aside our agendas, desires, or whatever for the greater good, we can accomplish great things!
That’s not to say we shouldn’t ever have an agenda or a different desire than the whole because sometimes it’s in the difference and seeing things from a different perspective that help to change the overarching goal and perspective of an entire society. These are the checks and balances necessary to keep a community healthy and whole and growing and becoming. But, there is a way to introduce and encourage a difference of opinion and that begins with respect–a foundational character trait.
I don’t ever want to wax political, but on this Election Day, let’s remember we are all on the same team, Team Earth. We all belong. We all have great things to contribute. Let’s come together through using our best character traits and love one another.