Of all the things parents can teach their children, character counts as the most important. This single lesson, if that is all they get, will carry your child to the highest level of success.
It is far more important than talent. A person can rise to a successful place with talent alone. Getting there is only part of the journey. Staying there is much tougher. All the sports fans reading this page can remember many names of people who rose to stardom in a professional sport, only to burn out quickly, never to be heard from again.
Here are some definitions of character.
"The aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of a person"
"Moral or ethical quality"
"Qualities of honesty, fortitude, integrity."
In our section about lessons and skills for the next generation, we've borrowed some lyrics from Graham Nash. You'll find these pages under the "Teach Your Children Well" button in the left margin and in the page directory.
Teach your children well that character counts most in school, in relationships, in job environments, and all other phases of their lives. People will commit to good character traits. Long after the physical talent or mental aptitude takes them as far as it can, the evidence of character in your child will set them apart.
There is one critical, moral and ethical foundation in a good character analysis. That single most important trait is honesty. Everything begins from that point. An understanding of truth will be vital for the future of your student and for our nation.
The next generation is directly in the cross hairs of the political machines and the big banks that control them. They will be courted and cajoled. There will be promises and projections.
In his excellent little book "Treasure", Ed Cole says, " To trust in a half truth is to trust in a whole lie." He continues, " We must learn truth, meditate on it, hold it as a valued and cherished treasure, to develop and maintain strong character, which translates into societal order and peaceful corporate living."
Teach your children to see people by the strength of their character, not the nature of their talk. We are seeing daily doses of half truths and outright lies from elected officials. Just as Ponzi schemes need to create a higher velocity of money as the number of participants grow, (think social security) so too do political distortions and misappropriations require more and more deceit to cover up the trail.
Our next generation will be faced with the ramifications and residue of actions or worse, inaction from our generation in the face of blatant dishonesty. Entities who profit regardless of the costs to nations in terms of dollars and diminished health have put together a very successful mechanism to shield their actions.
Unless of course, our generation follows the same advice about watching out for true character. By accepting nothing less than honesty and full disclosure, we can hold those groups accountable for their actions and the consequences of such actions.
The concept that character counts appears to be incomprehensible or maybe just unnecessary to those multi-national companies waging a full scale assault on world health. Enormous sums of money are passed along to select congress persons in America to sneak legislation through that would protect these companies from being fully transparent about what they are doing to the food supply of the world.
The next generation will pay the enormous costs of these transgressions perpetrated under the less than watchful eye of congressional "oversight committees." What exactly are they overseeing?
Since we know how much character counts, we must show our children how to grow this attribute.
I'm sure you've all heard that we are defined by the books we read and the people with whom we associate. I certainly believe that. This website is built for that very reason. I named it books-empower.com because they do empower.
I remember a teacher telling us years ago that many a good girl was corrupted by bad boys. I'm sure that door swings both ways.
Your son's or daughter's character will grow if you show them, not tell them, how to use quality books to improve their reasoning ability and decision making. We've highlighted some great editions within the pages of this website.
Use those external sources of quality books and even higher quality associates and friends to build the internal character traits. Ed Cole further states in "Treasure," "The principle is; the cheaper the merchandise, the higher the gloss. It's true in furniture and knives, and it's true in men and women. Good character requires no faking, no facade, no flamboyance or flare. External reveals what is internal and the internal shines through."
Since the beginning of time it has been true that character counts. But I feel it has never been a more vital personal attribute than right now. Our next generation will be faced with some difficult decisions that were left to them with footprints all over the can and dents as it hit the pavement after being kicked down the road over and over.
Teach them to recognize truth now so they can see through deceit when they reach voting age. Character counts. Every time!