"The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual - for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost", M. Scott Peck
The capacity to do evil is ingrained in all of us. Evil creeps to the surface quietly and strikes out at anyone near us. It is a constant battle to control evil from crushing good and sending our lives into a downward spiral.
Some would call this a religious fight but I disagree. While religion professes to group together people to fight for their souls there battle is a fruitless one. My neighbor can not fight my battle. The battle of good versus evil is fought within the individual with victory or defeat playing out on our own personal battlefields.
Our own personal battle is not a 'Sunday go to meeting' engagement but rather an everyday war fought over our choices.
A child thinks to himself that he has 4 cents and that piece of candy costs 5 cents. Do I take it anyway? The war starts at an early age.
A person lies to gain income, the right marriage, a job or advancement. These decisions are caused by evil mixing into your ability to make a good choice.
Like any good soldier training is the key to winning the battle. Training starts at an early age with our parents acting as drill sergeants ingraining a good work ethic, a sense of family and discipline into our lives. They key to our lives lies in the family values we learn as a child.
Our parents belief system is what forms our thought processes and plays into all of our adult decisions. Any family absent good moral character will lay the foundation for the failure of their children.
Families are the basis for all our values. They should instill a sense of the importance of a good education at an early age. Families should, at all costs, keep children safe from temptations. Drugs, out of wedlock births, hunger and a weak educational system are breeding grounds for evils armies.
Most importantly; the family needs to lead by example. Every generation should be pushed higher up the success ladder by the previous generation.
Fight your inner demons kiddies and win your personal battle. Your children's paths will be easier if you do.