When I look at the world nowadays I see two sides: how it's progressing and developing with all the new inventions and technology and how it's being corrupted day by day. Our youth are being affected by that corruption and, instead of ending it, they are being absorbed by it
and spreading it. When I say corruption I mean the loss of morals and standards. Nowadays, you see children talk back when spoken to, curse, hit and shout. All of this at a very young age. So what will happen when they become youth? I can't even imagine what will happen when they're adults. I think a lot of the problems that we see today are because of these behaviors. So I think we should work on the children and youth before it gets too late.
Children and youth have a very important role to play in the future. They are the future. So what can we do to be good role models to our children and youth? Let's start with children. Most children always like to imitate their parents' behavior. "Practice of sports, nutritional habits and the values of children are often the reflection of their father and mother. Scientific studies demonstrate that children who have inactive parents have a greater risk to have also a sedentary lifestyle." (The The North American Magazine).
It's up to the parents to raise their children in an environment where morals and principles are important. The society they are living in also has a big influence on their children's behavior. Therefore, in our Baha'i community we have children classes. Children from young ages attend and learn good ethics and morals such as: honesty, faithfulness, truthfulness, courage, generosity, etc and learn how to apply it in their daliy lives.
If children attended such classes, it will help them become spiritually prepared to face the challenges of life and not be so easily influenced by the corruption we see nowadays. But, these lessons must be continually taught as the children grow and become youth so that they always focus on what is right. I am a youth and attend classes that assist me on trying to make the right choices. These classes have helped me a lot to see the world in a different way and has helped me realize that we as individuals can make a difference. Even if we affect one person we have made a difference. So let's work together to raise our children and youth according to good morals so that they can make the world a better place to live in.