Putting extreme love into children produces the most remarkable adults. Imagine what Urantia would be if every parent were wise, able and proficient at doing the most important job on the planet.
Ever notice the difference in children (even pets!) who are brought up by deeply loving people? They seem to have an extra dimension of warmth, confidence, trust and fearlessness. It's beautiful. It is accomplished by the loving parent(s) spending much, much time nurturing the young child in the ways of living love. All this intensive time investment pays gigantic dividends as the child ages. The proper application of creative love reflects both the parent and the source of all love and social goodness---our Creator.
If parenting were to be viewed as the most important thing we can do, there might evolve schools of parenting, even a requirement for schooling and minimum standards of child rearing. If civilization is to progress during the coming times of population pressure, resource scarcity and territorial disputes, wise parenting has to become a greater factor for the basic unit of society--the family--to be healthy.
Raising children wisely and lovingly is not the only challenge for 21st century Urantia. Whether to have children, and how many, is now a relevant question for prospective parents and social leaders. For now, it appears, freedom of human reproduction is sacrosanct, save for China which decreed that one couple shall have only one child. A few years ago China's leadership said, "we are too many".
...You are sometimes shocked at the ravages of war, but you should recognize the necessity for producing large numbers of mortals so as to afford ample opportunity for social and moral development; with such planetary fertility there soon occurs the serious problem of overpopulation. Most of the inhabited worlds are small. Urantia is average, perhaps a trifle undersized. The optimum stabilization of national population enhances culture and prevents war. And it is a wise nation which knows when to cease growing.... P.908 - §1
Does all Urantia need a parenting badge, a rite of passage for procreation, a maximum number, to establish a land/man ratio? If so, how to go about creating these standards and regulations with minimum risk to the whole human family?
Good families are the key to a good and stable civilization. But laws alone cannot a good society make. The society must be made up of a majority of individuals who can be trusted, and with a minimum of regulation, or it fails. Good parents raise good, moral, responsible children, and it helps immeasurably if the environment in which they raise these children is supported by wise philosophical underpinnings and intelligent policies.
Do you see a way there?
Love to all, Rick
Edited by Rick Warren, 17 June 2009 - 07:14 AM.