‘Tis the Season

There seems to be an inverse relationship between how many toys a child has and how much they appreciate their toys.  The materialism of this era is out of control, and there is also an inverse relationship between how many materialistic comforts/possessions one has and their loss of instincts, including self-preservation.  The coddled, easy lifestyle and hyper-focus on happiness, instant gratification, and collectability leads people to always craving more.  It emotionally disconnects them from their community while solidifying a false idea about the road to happiness; ie. “When I’m no longer happy, I just need more ______. When I’m no longer happy, I just need more _____.”  Furthermore, it replaces the reward of hard work towards an accomplishment with serial consumption.   In this holiday season, a focus on what children actually need should be addressed, and it is not more toys.

 

It is better to invest time in the children you love, instead of money, so that they grow up into well-rounded and skilled adults.  This “season of giving,” you might want to replace toys with activities for the young members of your family and community.  Buy a child a month membership to learn a skill or sport and ask relatives to do the same.  Swimming, martial arts, horseback riding, crafts, archery, hunting, cooking, or pottery lessons, or even books about these or other technical activities would do them well; moreso than another Call Of Duty or Barbie Doll.  Talk to other loved ones and give them options for what activities you child would like that aren’t bought yet. Older generations will be more receptive to such ideas than the current generation of parents.  This way it lowers the expense on parents to provide recreational activities by allowing the whole family to give these experiences to children instead of presents they will soon care less about and be no better for.

Many activities are also things families can do together.  As a present to the entire family maybe go on a camping trip or learn a skill together.  Instead of buying individual items for each grandchild and grown child, send them somewhere or to something everyone can do together. “The family that plays together, stays together.”  Items that allow for activities are also great ideas for gifts; like canoes, roller blades, oil pastel sets, boxing gloves, or even clothes and safety equipment for sports or other activities.

 

There is nothing wrong with buying things for people, but realize what you give them reinforces what they are more likely to do in the future.   Before you give a present, ask yourself if what it reinforces in their life is productive to their future as a well-rounded person.  If you get them a poster of their favorite cartoon or video game character, what does that reinforce?  Does it reinforce the concept of spending more time indoors on a tv or computer screen?  Children do a lot of this far more now than in any other generation, there is nothing good that will come from encouraging more.  A good alternative might be a constellation poster that can make them more interested in the universe around them.  What does getting them a type of martial arts or sports membership or month pass reinforce in their life and future?  Self-discipline, self-reliance, and a healthy body.

 

It is not your ideals, or abstract theories, that define you but what you do in the world and how you affect it.  Everything you do with or for the people in your family and community affects the future, make sure to reinforce your values in reality for those around you.  The influence of affecting the children you love will be far more important to the future than the exchange of ideas alone.  This also will help to fund local individuals and groups who teach skills, sports, and activities instead of international consumerism that benefits globalist investors.  It is more important to enact your ideals into tangible reality than to over-develop your ideals and preach them to anyone who might listen.

 

There is a balance that must be maintained between ‘thought’ and ‘action.’ For ‘thought’ to matter it can’t remain in theory too long to stagnate but must translate over into action.  So many people become more aware of how overly complex and out of control the modern world is. Some become overwhelmed into inaction while others go too far into theory while mistakenly thinking they’re affecting the world.  A focus on self-improvement is the first step to affecting the world around you instead of letting the chaos of it consume you, but we are not solitary beings and all affect each other.  The best way to stay balanced is to enact theory in reality and stay intelligently grounded. So for this “Season of Giving,” reinforce healthy activities and interests in all those you love, especially the children.

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