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The Psalmist says; let the beauty of our God be upon us. That sounds conservative. Yet, conservatism determines the success of the society, says Harry Boyte in his Everyday Politics. Unfortunately, many have misunderstood the true values, norms, and meaning of conservatism. Some people perceive conservative as being liberal, have higher degree of freedom, taking on risky decision, and being obsessive and coercive. My new bank manager, who is just completed his undergraduate degree and financial course in mutual fund investment and without banking experience says, the greater the risk of investing in money market or stocks and bonds means more conservative. His senior colleague, who has twenty-five years of banking experience, on the contrary, explains that the more conservative approach to financial management is not to be involved in risky investment. How could two individuals of the same office and engage in the same line of work advise the customers differently? The age and experience do make a difference in the way a person perceives conservatism.
Others view that through religious radicalism the values, norms, standards, and disciplines of conservatism can be preserved. Yet, that makes the person to act coercively. Coercive behavior often produces negative result, a backlash that would cause more harm to the society, and endanger individual’s safety. Conservatism in itself means holding true to the norms, values, disciplines, and standards. It is the true beauty of characters. If you understand the true meaning of conservatism, you will not feel threatened by what people do with their religion, what people do with their life style, or by whatever else other people do with their life. With massive bankruptcy and layoffs, families are experiencing financial and economic difficulties. However, despite financial and economic difficulties, it is important that parents to direct, educate, and train the minds of their children to love truth, duty, and self-denial. They need to be educated and trained to choose to be right even though majority choose to be wrong. We are living in a competitive era. From the governments to private sector, the nonprofit organizations, the community groups, the society, sports and entertainment, and all the way through the education years of the children. Yet, in this competitiveness, people often use gossip in order to become the winner. Unfortunately, gossip is a malicious talk. It undermines others and elevates the individuality and the traits or achievements of the gossiper. Children should be taught to refrain from malicious talk. When they get entangle in gossip, they would become the new hot topic of conversation, not in their presence of course, but among the grapevines. Too often, gossip is full of lies and fabrication that swirl their every step. Gossip in itself betrays confidence, but a trust worthy man keeps a secret, proclaims the Proverbs.
Character building is the most important role entrusted to human beings. The true character of the children, the beauty of their character is of value to God and to the society. Such beauty of character will attract and not mislead. They are charms, which will never fade away. Children who were never taught of embracing the beauty of character often grow up and adorn themselves with artificial. They learn to use their charms to manipulate. Says the Bible, train up your children in the way they should go and they would never depart from it. There is much information that serves to persuade in subtle deceitfulness. Therefore, it is essential that parents learn not to be misguided and judgmental. If you were judgmental, your children would also be judgmental. Never expect your children to have the beauty of character if you are judgmental, fast to anger, and have negative attributes. Generally, people are judgmental to justify their misdeeds or to cover their lackness. Regardless of the argument among gay population, who are longing to adopt children and claims that they can bring up their children to grow up and be normal individuals, parents are still the role models. They imprint and implant their children way of life – how they act, their perception, their views, their character, and how they live their lives. At times of gala events, culture of celebrity, and personal glorification, they express the simplicity of natural beauty. It polishes and refines their nature. It elevates the purity of their character and illuminates the artificial and false. True beauty is an ornament that will never perish. It promotes happiness and will shine with undimmed luster in the immortal future, approves Ellen White. Finally, Ellen White suggests, let parents keep their children to preserve sounds disciplines, constitutions, and pleasant manners. They will possess true beauty, which complement divine
grace. They do not need to adorn themselves with artificial make up of character. Their true character will be expressed in the absence of self-consciousness. At a time where morality is being trumped by self- and sexual gratification, their true beauty is adorned with moral worth.