Pat M Harris | Author- Doing Right by Our Children
In my early 50s I started thinking about the notions of right and wrong and the, less than acceptable, condition of the world. To refine this just a little: I thought particularly about the relationship between morality and human and animal flourishing. This was important to me because my perception of the gloomy projections for the future superimposed on the people I care about worried me; so I started researching and writing.
Writing came later in life for me than for some; it was a means to an end. That ‘end’ turns out to be my desire to understand why we tolerate so much wrong, and do so little about it. I thought if I could figure this out, the answers could help improve the worsening condition of the world; we owe this much to our children and grandchildren.
This was at the beginning of my introspection period so I thought a lot about my part in the process; about what I should do. As I searched for answers to what I thought important it became evident: There are myriad pressures on us to conform to certain ways and ideals. These pressures come from our nature and nurture; and the flaws in both are passed from generation to generation. But some of this is fixable; if we understand it and commit ourselves to making the better world we want for those we care about.
I think the bottom line is—I’m another worried, husband, parent, friend who is concerned for those we care about. So, I’m trying to figure out how to best proceed. We have to do better.