I was reading a book today that was talking about Hitler and how he truly believed that youth were very important in passing on ideas. He made an entire program aimed at tearing down the family unit while filling this hole with state funded programs, therefore giving kids the idea that no one was there for them except the Nazi regime. They started taking kids away from their parents at a young age and began indoctrinating them with thoughts and ideas in order to bond with these kids and win their trust. In doing so these kids had an unwavering faith and loyalty to Hitler and his Third Reich.
As I was sitting in the car reading all of this it made me think about my relationship with my family, is our bond as a family strong enough to handle a situation like this? Would my kids be able to spot indoctrination when they see it? Do they have a moral compass that they can turn to when times get confusing and hard to handle? I wanted to say yes to all of these but if I am honest I would say no.
I know I don’t do enough with my kids, I don’t put enough emphasis on teaching them the Constitution and our rights that are given to us, and everyone else, by our Creator. I don’t want them to see color, or treat people with disrespect and yet I don’t want them to be oppressed for something they didn’t do.
Change is never as easy as you want it to be, it takes time to undo the damage inflicted by indoctrination even from when we were kids. Indoctrination comes in different forms, it can come by way of what people say to you, or it comes in learning and copying how people act. My kids have been picking up my own bad habits and I need to help them change now before they get older.
Yesterday was just another normal day, the kids had school and chores but when that was done I allowed my kids to do what they enjoyed with me. Sam listened to music and Luke and I played with his super heroes. Small things add up to strong bonds, I used to think that my kids wanted big vacations and expensive toys but what they really need is small things like listening to them, or playing with them. Maybe raising kids isn’t as hard as we were lead to believe?
I’m not sure if anything like what Hitler did with Germany’s youth will happen in America but I do see a disturbing trend that seems to be tearing our youth apart. Nature has shown me that it’s never too late to start any type of change, so I am starting this change now.