We grew up appreciating “street-smart” kids who would dazzle under the heat of the sun while learning the ropes in life. They seemed like they were not listening to anything. Yet, they were attuned to nature. They were braced for breaks and bruises.
Today is a different world, a different ball game for every child. He is confined in the home and the streets seem to be a distant dream. They busy themselves with their gadgets, artwork, books, or Disney movies. “I’m bored!” This is a common remark from the child of today.
But the child is more resilient than adults. The child is more creative than adults. The child is more sensitive than adults. The child is more loved by the one who has created all of us. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3.
The child today is a child built to face challenges, to think of ways to alleviate sufferings and pain, and to do little ways of lifting up people. The child today has been immersed in the basic states of emotions: joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust. Pixar’s Inside Out. The child today understands life-roles as life stories unfold in social media. Surely, their search for life’s meaning may not be as distant as it was for most of us. The child today is grounded in humility. The child today is quite blessed.