The following is part of a series of articles on the rights and responsibilities of children and of families. On our site, we’ve published a Children’s Bill Of Rights, with all of the sections in the bill. You can take a look at Children’s Bill of Rights
Right to inherit a better world
Every child has the right to expect the world that he will be a part of to be better than the world his parents were a part of when they were children. Children have the right to expect their parents to make the world better for the next generation. Every child has the right to know that there will be a future for him to grow into, and that he can be an active and important part of it.
History seems to me to be the “core”, the most important subject one could study and understand. I know that others may well disagree, but I’d like to present a simple argument in favor of this view and then explain why I’m talking about the past when I should be discussing a “better world” – the future.
We have walked a long road to get where we are today as a civilization. There are many ways that mankind has pushed forward through the centuries. We have arrived where we are through a long and difficult process of change.
New ideas opened up the universe and the world to our understanding, and have helped us control to some extent the forces that surround us. That control over the world around us has improved our ability to survive, and overall, our standard of living. In aggregate, we call those ideas that lead to an understanding of the universe, “science”. Each scientific discovery or invention came at a time when civilization was ready for and in need of it in order to progress. In each case, some bright mind (or several of them) came to our rescue. There can be little debate that the use of electricity, of light and heat, of transportation and communication devices, are inventions that enrich our lives and that they represent a form of progress.
Science is just one area where individual efforts pushed mankind further up the road. Perhaps no force moves humanity more than religion. History teaches us where and how each of our beliefs came to be, and in what context. Our understanding of the spiritual is deepened and sharpened by an understanding of the history of our religions.
All of our arts developed somewhere in history. In some cases, as with many religions and scientific inventions, we can spot precisely where and when an art was born, as is the case with Greek comedy and tragedy, 2,500 years ago. We know more or less with precision where cinema had its birth, as it is a recent development in the arts inextricably bound to scientific developments. In other cases, we only know that somewhere in our distant past, people began expressing themselves, as through music, dance, and drawing.
How about how we conduct ourselves as nations? Different historical civilizations have tried different political systems. The development of politics in its many forms, and even the idea that men should have some degree of freedom from political control are historical developments. An understanding of their historical contexts makes politics more comprehensible, valuable and manageable today.
Whatever area you specialize in, at some point in history your work became an area of specialization. Mankind historically… Read Entire Article…