It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.
No picture today, just food for thought. I had the priviledge of watching the John Adams miniseries produced by HBO this weekend as it is now out on DVD. For anyone interested in American History who desires an amazing look at life at the time of the Revolution, this is a must see. I've long been a fan of some of the writings of John Adams. He always struck me as a man of great insight. In looking up more information on him and after watching the David McCullough special, "Painting with Words" (also on the DVD set), this quote struck me as one that is as pertinent today as it was 200 years ago. What a change would be effected in our world if each of us took this to heart and encouraged our children and one another to excell in these ways.