As a parent, I think we all want to, ultimately, do our best by our children. We want to do them justice by being the parents we’ve always believed we could be.It’s a noble ideal, and one that is much more difficult to achieve than we thought before actually becoming parents.
I grew up in a German household where working hard without complaining was a huge value we learned. When I complained about having to do a task, my mom used to say to me, “Kopf Hoch,” which is basically German for “Keep your head up.”
It’s not long before our houses are filled with caped heroes and accomplished princesses eager to vanquish their foe and save the day. While all this pretend play helps internalize social justice and emphasize fairness, it often lacks a key component of justice: compassion.
A quick look around our world’s political and civil unrest shows me that I’m not the only one that could use a refresher course on what it means to truly live justly.