What does it mean to raise kids for global good? And why should it matter to you? Here we’ll tackle these two foundational questions head on.
At first glance, this may presume you have them. But, you may not – yet. If you are “pre-kid” but hopeful you will someday have some of your own to raise, what we say applies to you.
If you are “post-kids-under-the-roof” (i.e., “empty nest”), this concept can still apply to you as well. For two reasons. First, you could be – or may become – a grandparent. Chances are, if you grandparent (in the verbal sense of the word) someday, you will be passionate about those little ones again.
The second reason is you likely have close friends or family with young kids. If you do, then what we say fits you, too.
You may not have children of your own but instead work with children under 18. You may be a teacher, healthcare worker, coach, youth pastor. Or any number of other people who touch the lives of youth. If so, then what you’ll find here and on CultureWeave is sure to resonate.
If you have no interest in children nor any intent of having kids of your own – if you’re not an aunt or uncle or other connected being – well, then, CultureWeave’s mandate, Raising Kids for Global Good, probably isn’t anything beyond theory for you. Understood.
For Global Good
Previously, our CultureWeave tagline had been, Design Your Life for Global Good. We like that. We really like that. It’s been hard to depart from that. However, we recognize the value of getting more specific, of going deeper. And so we are.
What, really, does Global Good mean?
We envision Global Good to mean that which 1) helps humanity; 2) helps our earth; and, ultimately, 3) makes someone a more empathetic, compassionate person, especially for those who differ from us, i.e., “the other.”
We use the world “global” intentionally. For we see global as a wholistic – and holistic – term. We cannot be people who live their lives with positive global (i.e., world) impact if, at first, we are not secure with our own selves – i.e., the “global” inside of our beings. For, it is only when we are grounded in confidence and wholeness on a personal level that we will be able to produce meaningful and lasting positive change on the larger world.
This is not to say we have to be perfect nor we have to have achieved the unachievable. No question – there’s not a human being on this planet who can meet those qualifications.
Rather, we recognize our inabilities and carry with us a sense of humility, a sense of reverence – for we know to be a force for global good requires we are content enough, overall, with our own selves so that our focus can largely be on others.
It is a constant battle. But it is one where the markers can, gradually, be moving away from self-centeredness to “others-centeredness.” We are all on a continuum, and which direction we choose to move is the vital issue.
For many, as well, this calls for a recognition we need to rely on something – or someone – greater and higher than ourselves. And, for sure, we acknowledge the need for community in these efforts; we cannot go about it on our own. Community and collaboration – these two pillars remain central to what we’re about in building CultureWeave.
Why Should it Matter to Raise Kids for Global Good?
Our world really is in a mess – rife with division, acrimony, violence, hurt and pain. Much of this is out of my control – and yours.
But the key is we need to start with ourselves. We can make changes and choices every day to move towards “others-centeredness” on that continuum.
For some, it’ll mean political activism. For others, it might mean volunteering as an ESL teacher. Or helping with a beach restoration clean up. And for some, it might mean welcoming an international student into your home for a meal.
There are many ways to exercise that “others-centeredness.” To lean in to the call.
Of course, it has to begin with us. Not unlike that famous song, first performed in 1955: Let There be Peace on Earth, and Let it Begin with Me. Yes, that is where it needs to start.
But it must not end there!
Our sharpened focus on Raising Kids is based upon the truth we all must face: it is the next generation who inherit this broken world. Simply put, we cannot afford to raise kids who don’t have a heart, mind and intention for global good. The future of our world depends upon it.
Children and young adults – millennials on down – are emerging into adulthood in a world so different from that of their elders.
While this could be said for any generation, of course, it is 10x truer for those roughly 30 years and under today. The accelerated pace of life, love, work, thought, human interaction, technology, information, communications, travel, material wealth, longevity – and so much else – boggles the mind. The digital natives in our midst hold a vastly different perspective on life than do the generations before them.
We have become a more globally connected world, no question. But have we become a more globally compassionate world?
It must begin with us, yes. But it must extend, ever more deeply, into the generations to come. That is why, we believe, our refocus – Raise Kids for Global Good – holds more consequence than ever.
If you agree, then join us – please.
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