I’m the proud mother of my son. I think he’s wonderful. But I also realise that I need to raise my son to be a human being who will treat others with fairness and respect. There is so much pressure in this world to be a man, to act like a man, to do what ever it takes to get ahead.
And I do not want this for my child. I want my child to realise that he can be kind, that he has a responsibility to help those who are less fortunate to him, to be kind to animals and to value and honour women and children. And I am working on developing within him the inner fortitude to stand up and be counted when it comes to protecting those who need a helping hand and not a size ten boot in the face.
I despair of the current cultural shift that has seen the sexualisation of children in advertising and on the main street near you, the almost rampant use of young women as sexual objects in music videos and the inequality that those less abled face. Where the vulnerable and the weak are preyed upon by others daily. This dog eat dog world has grown, and continues to grow, thriving on the neglect of good people who are too busy trying to stay afloat in a consuming world.
And I for one want this to stop. It’s insanity to keep going along a path, which has such a huge divide between the haves and the have-nots. The powerless and the power brokers. So together with my partner, we will raise our child to be true to himself, to live a life that is ethical and responsible, and to be an honourable citizen of this glorious world we live upon. Anything less would be irresponsible of us.