In today’s world it is more and more difficult to hold a line and expect people to meet it. Have you noticed the traffic lights take longer to change – because people are running not only the orange but also the red lights – so to prevent an accident the lights take longer and longer to change – all because our society has decided to not hold the line.
Parents, community leaders, police, nurses, teachers and medical staff have long been held up as the back bone of our society and supporters of the limits in which we as a society thrive. Now more and more frequently these stalwarts are being challenged in their day to day jobs, in the media and in the courts.
I was visiting a school community at the end of last term and came head to head with a young person charging out the door – no stepping aside, no acknowledgment that I existed. It was the perfect demonstration of the concerns that the school wanted to address. How to build a school community with empathy at its core?
The ability for our children to practice empathy is all around us and yet society’s ways of being in the world is more and more ego centric and self-serving.