There are many children in my life. I have grandchildren and great grandchildren who live nearby. I teach Sunday School. What will the world look like when these beautiful children grow up? I am invested in their future.
What do we tell our children about the great environmental dangers and social injustices that we face–about climate change, about war and violence, about foreclosures and unemployment and lack of health insurance, about cutbacks to services for the poor and tax cuts for the rich, about corporate domination of the political process? How do we explain our inability to create a society that sustains life? How do we equip them for the great challenges they will face? Not by putting our heads in the sand, or focusing solely on our personal lives, or pretending that there is nothing we can do. Rather, we can cultivate hope and set an example by taking part in actions that are transformative, both personally and socially.
This is a spiritual issue, for the ruling powers dominate through money and violence, and none of us are immune. To the degree that we internalize the values of our culture and bow to the system of domination, we further the sickness of our age. As we awaken to the extremity of our situation and realize that the system of domination itself needs transforming, we either succumb to futility and despair or find the inner resources that enable us to cultivate hope.
This is, in itself, an opportunity for personal transformation. As we are transformed, we become agents of transformation, joining with others to create beautiful and compassionate alternatives that demonstrate the better world that is possible. By taking hopeful actions, we become more hopeful, and make the world a more hopeful place.
For the sake of the children. For the sake of the future.