Saturday, 7 September 2013

What's a father?

What does it take to be a good father?

I'm young. Maybe you can forgive me for being idealistic. A good father teaches you what he knows. He guides you through troubles without being heavy handed and he looks to help you become who you want to and need to be.

For years now I've had this in the back of my mind with much of what I do. If I am a good person and I raise my kids well (assuming I have kids) then those kids will take the values I have learnt and keep them going in their lives and ideally will pass on modified and improved versions of those values when they have kids.

In this way, I can achieve that coveted human goal, immortality. Or at least... I can survive in some positive way. Through my children and their children. If you think about it, much of who you are is because of your parents, your grandparents, your great grandparents and even further back to people you have never even met, but who have taught those who taught you.

It is my opinion that the two primary goals of everybody's life should be:
  • Learn as much as you can about this world.
  • Learn how to tell your kids what you have learnt.
 You always hear bits of advice passed down from your grandparents and parents. Little snippets of wisdom or clichés which may sound trite at first. You may dismiss them but the purpose of them is and always has been to attempt to teach your children what you have learnt. These proverbs are always quick and always memorable and most usually, they are very useful.

This is a call out to take a second look at those things your gran is always saying to you. To take a second look and to reassess its usefulness. To analyse the layers of meaning which exist within each phrase and hopefully, to learn some tricks for yourself.

I'll see you on the other side.

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