The most disturbing thing happening to children all around the world

by Phil Schneider

Children all around the world should live a carefree life with the chance to have as many doors opened for them to choose the lifestyle that fits them. That is the case in many Western democracies. However, in many other countries – especially in the Middle East, children have very few doors opened to them. They live in restricted situations in which they can’t do a whole lot. The saddest lot are children who are born into a civil war situation. They don’t know a world that is not about survival.

Children of Civil Wars

There is no way that a child who is raised in the midst of a civil war can grow up in a normal fashion. They start their life with parents who are in the midst of major trauma and they themselves even think that trauma is normal. They then continue this lifestyle for many years. How are they supposed to end up normal in that kind of a situation?

The latest studies of psychology indicate that trauma is even transferred to the next generation. What that means is that trauma penetrates the genetic makeup of a person in such a deep manner that unknowing children become the silent victims of the original crises. This is one of the explanations of downward spirals in countries that never seem to grow out of third-world status.

What is the solution to this worldwide calamity? Do we have to wait till there is world peace that spreads to every corner of the world? That’s too pessimistic. A better solution is the Reader’s Digest solution. Pump information out to the world in as many languages as possible via the internet. Enable as many people as possible via technology to access that information. The younger generation will see that a different world exists outside of their cocoon. Gradually, they will serve as the fifth column that will upend their present leadership in order to live a relatively more free and happy life – even if not a Western lifestyle like we do.

Dr. Kedar - Ra'am
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