Learning to care for people starts with learning to take responsibility and care for oneself. However, “no man is an island.” We exist and are who we are because of our relations to others and all thing around us. To move from the “me” to the “we,” children must first learn to love and honor their authentic self and find their bliss. That is what they then bring to enrich the relationship of “we” in this world.
It is difficult and likely unsustainable to care for others before learning to care for, love and value oneself. If people are really interested in helping care for people, then it is in their best self-interest to care for not just their academic development, but also their physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs as well. By empowering children to take responsibility in their own life and become fully-realized persons, children will then have the means to care for people and the earth.
All living things, including people, are connected through a complex web of interrelationships. Although care of people must start with oneself, it then extends to the next closest circle of people in our lives, our family, to our neighbors, then our local community (physically and/or virtually), and finally the greater community of all humanity.
Our children desire to be recognized and valued as individuals with intrinsic worth, as well as part of the bigger whole. Beyond just physical interdependency, humans psychologically need community for mental, emotional, and social well-being.
People Care starts with our inner being, but with the goal of understanding the strength of learning, living and finding our way in life together. The essence of this is captured by the expression: Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for life. Now, imagine what a community filled with individuals who not only know how to fish, but seek to help others learn to fish can accomplish.
Thanks Zaqqy for the featured image titled Child with Hopes & Dreams (CC-BY 2.0)