Character matters and everyone has no doubt heard this before. But why does it matter? What is so important about character and what exactly is character?
Did you know that Webster’s Dictionary defines character as: ‘the way someone thinks, feels, and behaves : someone’s personality or: a set of qualities that are shared by many people in a group, country, etc. and lastly: a set of qualities that make a place or thing different from other places or things’
Interesting isn’t it?
That no where in the definition is there reference to the ethical or moral conduct of an individual… Could it be that we as a society have gotten so far away from placing importance or even recognizing conduct; that it is out of sight and out of mind?
I’m not suggesting that Webster’s Dictionary is the source for all where we derive meaning or how we define our actions as a society…but it is interesting how that as a society we have drifted so far from the founding values of that this country was built upon.
When I was a kid, there were some things that just were not going be shown on TV. Couples in their bedrooms slept in separate beds and work pajamas… We had some sense of protection from being exposed with too much in appropriate information about sexuality and sensuous matters.
Now children have every imageable act place at their finger tips as they access the Internet. Some parents have placed little or no restrictions on their kids access and actually feed into their sense of entitlement for knowledge by taking them to see R rated movies just because the parents want to see the movie…
I’m not a prude and I understand this is 2014 and not 1914 however it makes me worry for the future of our children as they are forced to grow up too soon. What happens to the mind and psyche of a child who is forced fed millions of media messages in commercials…messages that shape their self perception.
All in the direction that marketing and advertising moguls want to feed…to your children…for a purpose that does not have their best interest in mind. So it is up to the parents to guide their children through the waters of media exposure. Do you know your values? It would be wise to be able to answer this question because if you don’t your kids will learn someone else’s.
In my next post I will talk more about character. What it is and why it’s important!
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