Children are the ones, for those who have remembered LOVE’S truth, whose souls we must nurture and protect, for they are the shared future (if there is to be one) of man, animal. plant, sky, earth, water, space and time – as most who have grown to adulthood, hearts are to hardened and spirits to broken, to truly accept LOVE’S truth, let alone have the will it takes to live it out and change their ways – the only hope for man is world seen and re-manifested through the open eyes, unbroken hearts and innocent spirits of a child…
“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 soul,
for their soul belongs 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.”
~ Kahlil Gibran 1884 – 1931