In the 21st century, people often forget what children are. They forget that children are a product of love and respect. Children are a part of your family. They are you and they are not you at the same time. They are a better version of your genetic code. They are a wealth that we are blessed with. Without them, there can be no future. But still, people tend to forget what they mean. What are the consequences of this?

A lot of bad things happen to children. You can see or hear about this in the news every day. People abuse, beat, torture and even rape children. For example: a man raped his little daughter for years. When she told her mother, the woman didn’t believe her! When the police discovered the whole thing, the child was taken away from the parents and put into a foster home where they abused her again! Children are being treated like dirt on a daily basis. Nobody is doing anything concrete to stop this. If children have become an endangered species these days, what kind of a future awaits them? Do they even have one?

If we keep on living like this, children will lose all connections to humanity. We live in a fast and bad way, and children watch us and do everything that we do. For example: a married couple owns a company and they trick people and take their money every day. Their child watches this; listens to them do this all the time. When this child grows up, he/she will think this is completely normal. People constantly forget that children will turn into adults eventually. If they are in a bad environment, they will grow up into bad adults. People are aware of this and unfortunately they make little or no effort to fix this. Why don’t governments react?

I think the governments want to keep things the way they are. I’m not saying that some governments didn’t try to do something. I’m just saying that they want to turn children into robots. They need a ruthless and unemotional army to fight their wars in the future. They let companies sell violent video games and they let movie producers make violent movies. They brainwash children with sugar packed candy and stories of criminal heroism every day. How am I sure of this? I am sure because if governments really wanted to stop this, they would. That’s why they are governments! They control their countries and if they passed a prohibition or did something similar, they would put an end to this. But they are not doing it. Isn't this enough proof of their intentions? Why is this happening at all?

We are unconsciously preparing for wars. The governments are influencing people and giving them hints that there will be a war soon. Just take a look at the news; you don’t need more proof than that. They need armies with no feelings, no morality. They need killer machines and they are trying to turn our kids into some kind of organic robots that will have no mercy on a battlefield. But do we really want our children to fight a war that isn’t even theirs? I suppose a regular person would answer with a no, but our actions show a different answer. In a world like this, what kind of hope can young people have if they want to start a family?

The way we treat children doesn’t give young people and future parents any hope at all. They don’t even know how they would protect their child from brutal situations. They are afraid to start a family because of what is going on. For example: a friend of mine really wants to have a child. She is young, about 20 years old and her goal is to have a huge family. But when she started reading the newspaper every day she was shocked at how many children are kidnapped and raped monthly. She then told me she is afraid of having a child because she wouldn’t know how to save him/her. She even cried when she was talking about this. Future parents don’t know how to protect their child anymore. Many young couples even give up on having a child because of this. Will the meaning of family fall to pieces in the future?

Parents have to find a way to protect their children by any means necessary. I don’t mean that they have to lock their children in a room and never let them out! They have to try and explain to a child what’s going on in the world. This is difficult. Some parents don’t know how to explain the word “death” to a child until it turns 13! They don’t have to scare their children; they can explain bad things to them in a peaceful manner so that the child doesn’t completely freak out. If parents don’t find a way to do this, then future parents will completely lose their wishes to create a family. If there are no children, that means there will be no humans in the future. What’s the point in having kids if we don’t know how to save them?I could talk about this for days. I could even tell you that everything is going to be okay and that we will find a way to preserve the lives of children. I could also write you down a huge list of things that we should do. But I am not going to do any of this. I am going to be negative. Deep down inside we all know what’s going to happen, and it isn’t going to be anything good. We are aware of this as a giant community and no matter how hard we try to save our offspring, we won’t succeed. It’s already too late. I just hope that we will manage to at least remind ourselves how valuable children are. A great poet Kahlil Gibran wrote the best definition of children I ever read:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, 
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.” 

¹Gibran, Kahlil. The Prophet. Knopf. 1923.

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