A couple of the powerful future-makers I’ve been working with lately have expressed the sensation of not feeling like/thinking that they or others around them value parenting in the same way that other endeavors, like being a CEO or New York Times Bestseller or surgeon, are valued. And I’d have to agree. As yet, or at this point, in our development we don’t celebrate the fine art and delicate society-building that we do every single day as parents. In fact, most of us are trying so hard to parent around everything else that is considered a valued use of our time that we make parenting itself more difficult and less successful in the process.
I happen to believe that we are (on) the cusp of great change in this, however. Already, there is a socio-emotional light on the horizon. Already, we are calling ourselves and our species to a new understanding of the vital and important work of parenting our future. Already we are recognizing that in order to have any measure of success in our lives, we must be given the tools in our early childhood by our loving, nurturing, empathetic parents and family and village.
We have a ways to go yet, but we are well begun.
It isn’t about great political change or greater equality for all humans, exactly. And it isn’t about the evolution of humanity to our highest potential or the realization of universal compassion, outright. However, it is about the greatest possible leap in our consciousness toward those things; and it is about what is necessary to make room in our future history for the fruition and maturation of all that is grandest in us.
In my dream there is nothing about voting rights, nothing about homogeny, nothing about fair or equal treatment, per se. No one will have to march. No one will have to strike, or boycott, or be imprisoned. No one will have to fight, or resist fighting to achieve our goal.
In my dream, we will all, naturally and in due course, awaken. And we will come down from our lofty, clouded perspectives…
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