Building for Adults
Neville Blair, adult educator
building for adults is neither new nor novel. Many generations of men and
women who have gone before us have known the meaning of character. Perhaps they
could not write it in 50 words or less, but they knew when they saw a man or woman
of character. The qualifications were clear. Everyone adhered to the same objective
standard. There are still many who fit this old pattern, but the numbers dwindle
rapidly in the face of moral relativism.
building for adults calls for men and women to lay aside political correctness
and the "I'm okay, you're okay" thinking in the realm of moral values.
Younger generations, as well as the "baby boomers" who have been their
role models, must return to the objective standards that once formed society's
foundations. There is a price to pay, but benefits to gain. | |
adults build character, what will happen? What benefit, if any, will you personally
get out of building character? Answering that question is the first step in character
building for adults. You need a strong reason, because the work will be neither
easy nor quick. If your reason is weak, you will surely give up before you reach
the goal, so let me suggest a small handful of possible reasons.
building for adults improves marriages with large doses of respect, trust,
integrity, forgiveness, etc. that strengthen the marriage bond. It helps us create
and maintain sound governments, a mission that uncharactered terrorists cannot
accomplish. It makes government leaders more accountable, and less eager to levy
heavy taxes on citizens. Character building for adults makes our schools safer.
It reduces crimes of kidnap, rape, etc. as it spreads throughout society. If,
as Theodore Roosevelt said, "To educate a person (adult) in the mind but
not the morals is to educate a menace to society," then character building
for adults is to educate a peacemaker for society.
Character building for adults benefits greatly from nonfiction books that present the "how-to" of
the task. These need not be scholarly. They need not be university textbooks.
The important requirement is that the books we select rest every argument on objective
standards, and present carefully crafted definitions in which we can marinate
our minds. Such books are available. Seek them out. | |