Frank at Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections recently wrote a post about Good. You can read it here: https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2021/12/29/101-time/. It’s important, and it made me think. Frank’s posts always make me think. I immediately replied, “Goodness is the root of humanity”, and this has been on my mind.
Goodness and good are slightly different. Goodness is the ‘state of being good’.
Doing something good is where it starts, goodness is when it sticks. Bingo!
Is goodness the root of humanity? You bet! It takes many good deeds to create goodness. As a teacher, I do good things. Every teacher does good things, yet s/he should aspire to make those good things stick – give children goodness.
I do that – especially by reading aloud.
When you read aloud to a child you are educating their heart, giving them the seeds of goodness. After all, it takes far more than knowledge to become a good citizen. The givers and the doers, the mothers and fathers, teachers and leaders and workers all have a commonality. That begins with words, language, and stories. Good books impart everything from discovering the world, to the subtleties of making choices and decisions, with words woven carefully through characters. The point is, hearing a multitude of different stories is building one’s self. Books and stories show you the way.
Perhaps John Phillips, founder and benefactor of the renowned school Phillips Exeter Academy, said it best of all more than two centuries ago:
“Goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous, and both united form the noblest character and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind.”
Educate the mind and also the heart. Read aloud. Make a difference. Grow a reader, and you grow goodness.