A few days ago, my offspring (who was doing his homework) , walked over to me and sat next to me.
He looked as though he was stuck trying to solve a problem; homework I thought.
He said: “ Mama, why do people litter, don’t they know they can bring rats, why are people rude, why are people racist, prejudice , why are people so unkind, I’m not that way ? “
I looked at him and grinned and I asked him : “ How is it that you know about all of this and why don’t you litter, why aren’t you a prejudice/ noninclusive, why aren’t you rude and why are you kind?
He said “Because you taught me how to be the way I am.”
I said “Ah….there it is…”
He said “They learned that at home?”
I said : “ Precisely, so don’t judge them, or be hurt by it, instead have compassion. They are doing what they learned at home. Instead set the example…let people see you not littering or let them see you picking up litter…let people see you being polite…greet people….let people see you being inclusive not prejudice and let people see you being kind….because that is how I taught you at home to be and that is how people change…they get exposed to goodness…when its shown in love. “
He smiled, hugged me and went back to doing his homework.