Guest Post: Joseph Weighs In

[You may recall a piece I wrote about the mental life of 12-year-olds and related mysteries. Quite unbidden, I recently received a glance into that world. My son Joseph sent the below in an email. I offered to post it here, and he agreed. As an editor, I needed to do very little with it. As a father, I am proud that when Joseph chooses to express himself, one of the ways he does it is to sit down at a keyboard and think his way through it. — AB]

Stop. Think about it. Your childhood. What you call a “childhood,” some kids never had. That bad day at work? Some people have a bad day at getting food.

The author holding forth on a train in Austria

The author holding forth on a train in Austria

You complain, but that gets you nowhere. Complaining is part of human nature, therefore complaining should be understood, but what about the ones who deserve to complain more than you? Shouldn’t they be helped?

Let’s focus on the real problems. What will money get you? Does it get you eternal happiness? Why take the money, when you could prevent these oil spills, when you could help nature, when you could push this world further? Make it better. Why be so mean? What do you gain? Short term satisfaction? Think about your actions. We all make mistakes, but we can all do better.

Just because someone is better than you, don’t be jealous, don’t hurt them. If you are the better one, don’t make fun of others, how does it help you? Don’t act like a child for no reason. You don’t have to be a rebel to change the world. If I quoted Steve Jobs right now, people would say, “Well, he doesn’t like Steve Jobs.” Well, that’s not necessarily true; I would have been only saying that I didn’t believe in that thought.

So yes, people act like children. Don’t we all sometimes? But why can’t we think about our actions, think that maybe these cars don’t have to stop for me, they have places to go too. We can do better. We can help the world, push it further, not ruin this amazing planet for future generations, because doing that would not be fair for them.

–From the mind of a 12 year old, part of the future generation, Joseph♦

© 2013 Joseph Barr

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3 thoughts on “Guest Post: Joseph Weighs In

  1. k8efitz says:

    sounds like he has a great set of role models there 😉

  2. Susan says:

    “We can do better.” Yes. Yes we can.

  3. Lucretia Head says:

    Joseph is wise beyond his years and an expressive writer.
    His challenge to each of us raises the bar and gives hope to our future.
    Thank you for sharing.

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