Because it matters.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time…
We are trying to teach our kids the most important and pressing lesson of all: That they can make a difference. That they can change the world.
There’s a part of that can feel a bit cheesy, even naive. There’s a part of it that’s even politically incorrect these days. But it matters. Because if they don’t believe it, what hope is there of change? Of progress? (And doesn’t our apathy just cede the field to the bad guys?)
We tell our kids stories to inspire them. That’s what bedtime reading is about—not just tiring them out so they’ll go to sleep. The point of history class isn’t to berate them with the evil deeds of old dead white guys. We want them to know: People can have an impact. People can lead wonderful lives. People can leave their footprints on the sands of time.
Not just people but your kids can do this. And in helping them realize that, you are making your own impact.