This week my family and I celebrate a meaningful moment in BR’s life. He becomes Bar Mitzvah. He enters a new phase in his life and is viewed in a different light. It’s a toehold into the adult world. As he turns 13 and formally enters the teen years, he is on the verge of big changes, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.The boy is growing up.
Exciting. Time for reflection. Special. Memorable.
A World of Horrors
Earlier this week, there was a horrific chemical bombing in Syria that left civilians, including children dying horrible deaths. The pictures are gut wrenching. And it’s not the first time that Assad has poisoned his own people. What the people of Syria have been dealing with over the course of this seemingly never ending civil war is hard to fathom. I have no idea what the answer is. Those who spout off about what should be done as if it were so simple and clear can not be taken seriously.
So, the President ordered that action be taken. Is it the right thing to do? Again, I don’t know. I do know that what happened earlier this week does not jive with a civilized world. I’m certain there are many other things that are going on around the world that get less attention which also don’t jive with a civilized world.
Growing Up in a Complicated World
And my son takes his first steps into a more adult world. He is part of a world that has some scary things going on. It’s a dangerous world where there are people aiming to do awful things to each other. Whether the reasoning is for power, religion, etc. it doesn’t matter – the desired outcome is the same. As a responsible person, BR needs to understand terrible things are perpetrated by people against others. I won’t shade him from reality or leave him in a bubble. Mrs. MMK and I have a job and that is to help BR see the world for what it is and try to answer questions he may have.
A World of Beauty
However, it is a beautiful world as well. The world is full of natural wonders and people who do amazing things for others including strangers simply out of the goodness of their heart. BR should understand that the mass majority of people are generally good and decent and deserve to be treated with respect. As my son views the world in a deeper way, he should always remember these facts and not only focus on the macabre.
BR is part of a complicated world which seems to becoming more so every day. I hope Mrs. MMK and I have given and will continue to give him the tools he needs to cope with the complexities of life.