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Monday, August 4, 2008

Pagan Virtues -- Charity

Monday, August 4, 2008
In my continuing series on Pagan Virtues, we come to the virtue of Charity. This is one can be of the more difficult to instill into your children. It has been my experience that one of the things that children learn early is "mine" and "me". Now while there is nothing wrong with children developing a strong sense of self, this can quickly lead into egoism, vanity and in the worst cases bullies.
Don't get me wrong I am not saying that your children, or any children for that matter are naturally selfish. But it is the role of parents to make sure that they don't turn out that way.
So how can we manage to teach children how to be charitable? Well first, I think, we must define what is meant by charity in this case. So to answer this, I will again quote Webster: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity.
The love I speak of is not just passionate love, or even brotherly love. The term for this love is Agape. Defined as the selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature).
I know, its a mouthful, but what better lesson can you teach your kid then love?
Now to relate back to what I said at the beginning, children start off being obsessed with me and mine, so for them to not just be tolerant of others but to love them and to have goodwill towards, they must have good examples i.e. Parents.
Teach your children to love others and to do nice things for others. It has been my experience that to make them do so, is a wrong choice. They will only rebel. Point out the world around them and step back to give them chances to develop a sense of Charity for their fellow man.
Blessed Be!
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