How are the Children?
Among the most fabled tribes of Africa, are the fearsome warriors of the mighty Masai.
The traditional greeting among these warriors when they meet others is the question, "How are the children?"
This traditional greeting among the Masai acknowledges the high value that the Masai always place on their children's well-being. Even warriors with no children of their own always give the traditional answer: "All the children are well," meaning, of course, that peace and safety prevail, that the priorities of protecting the young, the powerless, are in place, that Masai society has not forgotten its reason for being, its proper functions and responsibilities. "All the children are well" means that life is good. It means that the daily struggles of existence do not preclude proper caring for the young.
We are all dissatisfied with the gaps that are so prominent across our communities - the education gap, the wealth gap, the home-ownership gap, the employment gap. Solutions to these problems begin with a priority on building a stronger generation of children to lead us to greater prosperity and success. Sadly, our headlines contain too much bad news about our children. More and more children are victims of senseless violence and crime. More children are living in poverty than ever before. We must change this to achieve a brighter future for all of us.
Million Father March
So, today, we are greeting everyone with the question, "How are the children?"
Consider ways to help so that you can answer, "The children are well."
Roger Madison, CEO