The hope of the future

In my world I read of hatred and killing.

Of people who would rather focus on our differences;

Of a world where it is easier to shake your fist in anger

Than to hold hands in friendship.

And yet… in my world I look at the children

Who see through the superficiality of things

To celebrate our common humanity.

They live in a world where it is

Easier to laugh

And hold hands out of love.

We have much to learn from them.

To see more of our friendly world, please visit: My World!

46 responses

  1. What a beautiful, moving post, Ladyfi! And your words are so true! There is so much anger, it seems, all over the world and I always wonder why we can’t focus on the things we have in common with others, explore the differences with an open mind and celebrate them rather than condemn them. Thank you for this post! It’s one we need to see more of! Have a wonderful week!

    Sylvia

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    February 22, 2010 at 22:52

  2. LadyFi: Very nicely thought out.

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    February 23, 2010 at 00:00

  3. Very beautiful. Couldn’t have said it better!

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    February 23, 2010 at 00:15

  4. beautiful. Its amazing how much we can learn from children

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    February 23, 2010 at 00:20

  5. beautiful post…and what a world that is…if only we could make it true everywhere….

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    February 23, 2010 at 01:00

  6. Beautiful post with lovely words.

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    February 23, 2010 at 02:00

  7. You’ve got that so right.. and so beautifully said.

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    February 23, 2010 at 02:36

  8. So true. If only adults could spend some time every day in a children’s playground, what a world it would be!
    V.

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    February 23, 2010 at 02:42

  9. If we can’t get along in our lives with others, how can we wish for world peace? What a great post, perfectly illustrated.

    Jen

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    February 23, 2010 at 02:48

  10. That’s lovely. As Wordsworth said, “…the child is the father of the man.”

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    February 23, 2010 at 03:03

  11. A beautiful post and so very true too.

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    February 23, 2010 at 03:53

  12. That’s such a beautiful post, and so true too.

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    February 23, 2010 at 06:23

  13. Thank you for this.

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    February 23, 2010 at 06:26

  14. amen

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    February 23, 2010 at 06:45

  15. That’s the world I want to live in! A perfect picture. thank you.

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    February 23, 2010 at 07:24

  16. That is the world I want to live in! A perfect — and perfectly beautiful — picture. Thank you.

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    February 23, 2010 at 07:26

  17. So well told with both pic and words. 🙂

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    February 23, 2010 at 08:58

  18. Yes, children are wonderful.

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    February 23, 2010 at 09:07

  19. We grow up with fairy tales, if we’re lucky – children are innocent, except some enjoy setting cats on fire more than others.
    If the successful helped the less fortunate… but mainly they don’t.

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    February 23, 2010 at 09:08

  20. Isn’t is sad how we grow out of that trusting and forgiving. We adults could learn from children.

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    February 23, 2010 at 09:39

  21. Amy

    If only children could rule the world it would be a much happier and peaceful place….at least until bedtime…

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    February 23, 2010 at 10:39

  22. Very inspiring! I miss having kids in my life. They really do brighten your day! 🙂

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    February 23, 2010 at 11:12

  23. Beautiful photo, and equally beautiful sentiments. It always pains me to think that these little children must go out into that dirty, violent, angry world. Ho-hum.

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    February 23, 2010 at 12:43

  24. Well said, and with a lovely photo. Amazing how much of what we see as “natural” behavior is actually learned from those around us.

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    February 23, 2010 at 13:07

  25. Let me just point out that if children ran the world, everybody would be starving because of collapsing infrastructure, we would have no power or water, the nuclear plants would long ago have melted down, nobody would do their homework, organised crime would be rife, everybody would be obese with terrible teeth, and we would probably already have melted ourselves in a nuclear conflict because somebody took somebody else’s ball.

    Get a grip people, kids should NOT be running the world.

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    February 23, 2010 at 13:41

    • You cynic… Still, my point is that we could learn a lot from kids’ attitudes…

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      February 23, 2010 at 14:41

      • What me, a cynic? 🙂

        And what if I am? That’s just ad hominem, Fi. If you are going to make statements like you have made then at least be prepared to back them up.

        All I’m saying is that children are loving and trusting and sweet, sure, but they are far from model citizens. They can be very selfish, quick to explode in anger, hopelessly impractical and often lack empathy. Plus they can be incredibly cruel to each other and intolerant of difference. And trust me, I know.

        Plus they don’t “forgive” easily, they simply forget and get distracted, which isn’t the same thing at all.

        Personally, I would rather move to the moon that live in a world ran by children.

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        February 23, 2010 at 15:12

  26. Great post to start my day. Thanks.

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    February 23, 2010 at 13:48

  27. ‘fraid I’m with Paddy on this one. As I recall (and it’s not THAT long since I was a kid), plenty of kids are really cute little monsters, ostracising and bullying others for completely arbitrary reasons. SOME kids – just like SOME adults – “see through the superficiality of things”. The rest are happy to pull your hair if it’s red or throw your hat around if it’s not cool enough.

    Children ARE the “hope of the future”, in that without them the human species would die out (of course, I personally don’t think that the human species has an intrinsic value, but I’m aware most people aren’t with me on that one). But they shouldn’t be in charge of today.

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    February 23, 2010 at 14:34

    • Well, I’m sure they wouldn’t do much worse of a job than adults… After all, kids are better at forgiving and playing with everyone in the sandpit, don’t you think?

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      February 23, 2010 at 14:42

  28. Exactly so, Fi and that’s why I blogged about that television programme Syrian School recently – it showed most of these kids as the same the world over – computer games, necklaces, rap music.

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    February 23, 2010 at 15:52

  29. I want to live in your world.

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    February 23, 2010 at 18:38

  30. Nice post. I loved your “snow hippo,” too. Very cute!

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    February 23, 2010 at 19:48

  31. Understandably we can emulate the good traits of children. Nice words and thoughts.

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    February 23, 2010 at 21:41

  32. Clive

    Well, I’m with you on this one Fi – in fact I’d like a world not just run by kids but kids with special needs! The pure soul – gentleness, kind spirit, empathy and huge capacity for love of our little man could teach a lot of adults a thing or two!

    All I would say to PaddyK is that – infact I won’t say anything about his comments – he’s not worth it!

    I have just spent the last few weeks involved in Special Olympics competitions around children with all kinds of intellectual disabilities and the attitudes and kindness of those kids puts everything into perspective!

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    February 24, 2010 at 01:08

  33. that picture, and the hope of children
    that ‘s a sacred thing.

    beautiful.

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    February 24, 2010 at 01:23

  34. I’m with the majority here – beautiful post!

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    February 24, 2010 at 03:02

  35. Just lovely!
    And let’s pray that all the children don’t forget all this when they grow up!

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    February 24, 2010 at 03:29

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    February 24, 2010 at 05:36

  37. Very touching post.

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    February 24, 2010 at 07:26

  38. How beautiful 🙂

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    February 24, 2010 at 09:38

  39. An absolutely fabulous post… the innocence of children is a marvellous thing.

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    February 24, 2010 at 11:13

  40. Well put:children have a wondrous way of embracing the world, looking to be part of it rather than find fault with it. Great post.

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    February 24, 2010 at 12:06

  41. kelli

    our kiddoes have so much to teach us about life and love….

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    February 24, 2010 at 21:22

  42. glorious words and photo.
    xo

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    March 11, 2010 at 20:28

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