Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that the moral codes we teach our children will be used by them as adults.
The hard part for any parent is standing back, whilst they watch their children change things in their lives, which they don’t agree with, but the newer generation seem to take a different view.
Do we need to be educated on morality or can morality be self-taught?
I don’t believe we have to be. Morality is usually passed on through the generations and is completely self-taught. It’s not something that we need an education for, although it’s important we understand how to use morality and use it well.
In order to do that we must keep an open mind on individual circumstances, instead of making broad assumptions. There is no reason why the younger generation can’t think about and use morality for themselves; it just takes practice.
The world is changing and so too is morality. There is an art to expression and an art to understanding how we use morality in our lives. I’m not sure whether the younger generation find it difficult or they’re not into morality itself. It’s become too easy for people to assume and demand, without giving consideration to the way they ask and speak to their elders.
When I was growing up respect and morality was something we grasped diligently. We sponged it up. It was almost expected of us that we would continue to live our lives with the same values. Morality isn’t about education; morality is about understanding; about a place; an acceptance that we will work with the same philosophies.
When I was growing up children just knew how to behave and grew up with boundaries in place. Morality brought about a sense of calm, a sense of peace and a sense of belonging that the newer generation don’t have. Unfortunately, as they try to keep tabs on the world they’re growing up in, technology has become their main focus as they continue to keep pace with what’s going on around them.
If their friends aren’t using morality, neither will they; even though it’s what they will have known for most or all of their lives. I find it sad, but it’s even more frustrating for the parents.