“An enemy is just a friend who doesn’t know it yet!” – Doctor Who
I love that quote. Truly, there isn’t anyone who can’t become a friend with their enemy given the right circumstances. People need to find a common cause to rally behind. Folks just need to put aside their differences, because it’s not worth the energy it takes to hate someone. Fear and intolerance has no place in society as we jump in to 2017 in just a few weeks.
The message of Blue Box Alliance is simple: Empower. Encourage. Enlighten. How do we plan to convey this message?
Courage is a teeny-tiny seed planted deep inside the heart of every child and grown-up. All it takes is a little bit of water to touch the seed, nourish it, and stimulate its growth. Inside all of us is the innate nature to be good…to do good. But also inside of us is the inclination to do bad. We have to learn how to discipline the nature that wants to do bad things. The way we do that is by understanding that we have the power to control our circumstances, and find a way to make sure we don’t become victims of our own doing.
What do I mean? Quite simply, we have to learn that each of us can do great things and to be great in life we have to keep doing great things for others and for ourselves.
Positive reinforcement is the name of the game. Praise children (and adults) for good behavior. Praise children when they stand up for another kid who is being picked on. Praise children when they work things out with others whom they are in conflict with.
The environment a kid is raised around will develop him/her for the rest of their life. Surrounding a child with positivity, kindness, happiness, and encouragement will make them a better person in the long-term of things. We adults need to cultivate an environment of encouragement, and demonstrate to them the value of goodness towards others.
We have so much information at our fingertips that there is no reason for anyone not to know how to learn the value of human life. There is philosophies galore out there floating around in books and cyberspace that affirm the ecstatic beauty of every single person’s life on planet Earth today. Through education and enlightenment we can learn how to talk our differences out with one another. We can learn how to overcome the conflicts that breed animosity and ignorance.
And that’s the number one enemy…ignorance! How do we defeat this invincible foe? With enlightenment. We educate ourselves and others about love, compassion, humility, honesty, transparency, kindness, joyfulness — the list of virtues goes on. The only way we can combat the evils of this world is through learning what makes us good, and disciplining ourselves to live those virtues.
The three E’s are our message! We want to empower children to be courageous, and to be the best they can be. We want to encourage people, and let them know that it’s cool to stand up for someone who can’t stand up for themselves. We want to enlighten kids, and teach them how to discover the champion inside of themselves. Together we can do this.