Find the Freshly Young Mind to Bind
Proudly Filipino-Canadian, the Alberta Filipino Journal is committed to promoting young minds to think like mature individuals, so they can set good examples for the next generations. We want to nurture individuals who can speak and write logically and construct words to reconstruct the world.
“We did not inherit this nature from our ancestors; we just borrowed it from our children.” This line has been reiterated on this paper to frequently remind oblivious minds. Disrespecting the environment is neglecting the next generations.
There was a newly ordained pastor who loved to deliver his homily by just quoting one verse from the Bible: “Unless you acquired the heart of a child, you cannot enter into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 18:2).” After several months of referencing that verse, one of his parishioners approached him and said, “Pastor, I just noticed that you have been repeating that verse since you became our parish priest. Is that the only verse you’ve learned from the seminary?” The pastor calmly replied, “Sir, I’ve intentionally been repeating that Bible verse as it is the most difficult to apply. Our parishioners are becoming childish rather than child-like as they grow old. They’ve even forgotten the child’s attributes and characteristics that a human being must acquire in order to be called a person or humane. And sir, unless you acquire the heart of a child, you will keep hearing me quoting and saying that same Words from the Scripture.”
Witnessing, setting a good example, and mentoring are vital factors in order to become catalysts of change. Children’s minds are open receptacles to gather all the new information. They are mimics and can easily apply what they’ve actually seen and experienced. They learn the dance steps; the act of praising, loving, giving, forgiving and forgetting, organizing and leading from our teachings and examples.
It only takes ONE bad idea to ruin EVERYTHING
It is clear that ideas are the source of all that exists. We know this from considering the opposite case. It only takes one bad idea to destroy everything. Consider the development of the atom bomb in the 1940’s. It started as a wild scientific idea! Split the atom and make a huge destructive force. As the idea came closer to reality, many of the world’s greatest idea makers tried to get the masters of the REAL WORLD not to go too far. They saw that the crazy idea of some brilliant computer and political scientists would now threaten all that exists. Contrary to this idea of destruction is creative, generative love. Is there any hope that humans will be able to recognize which ideas should be realized and which rejected? This is a personal matter of course. Individuals will need to accept the challenge of good idea cultivation. So, as philosophers, which ideas should we promote, and which should we put aside? What must the basis be or best foundation of our choice? What are the things or criteria to be taken into consideration?
Watch out for dangerous ideas! Greater disasters may be caused not by atomic bombs but, by the sparks of our minds.