Thai kids in danger of drowning: what have we taught our children? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 July 2018 15:34

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Train the child in the way that he should go and he will never depart from it even if he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible).

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THAI CHILDREN IN DANGER OF DROWNING: WHAT HAVE WE TAUGHT OUR CHILDREN? There is an elephant in the room in the drama of 12 very young school children and their coach who are now trapped in a cave below a Thai mountain range.

This “elephant” involving the children who now face the dim prospect of being drowned by rising waters that are sure to be brought by the incoming rainy season in that country is the clear failure of parents to teach their kids on the way and instruction of the Lord, and of good manners and right conduct.

I do not wish to add to the already-high level of anxiety of the children’s parents and of the authorities who are even now wracking their brains on the seemingly impossible mission to get them out before they drown, but, it is true: those kids dared to venture into the mountain caves because they didn’t know any better.

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PROBLEMS WITH CHILDREN CAN BE AVOIDED IF THEY ARE TAUGHT GODLINESS: Certainly, the trip to those caves happened because the children lacked the appropriate appreciation of what they were doing. I can say here, with very little fear of contradiction, that the trip to the caves was either kept a secret from the children’s parents, or was resorted to because of silly juvenile dares.

And as is becoming painfully clear by now, the school children’s descent into those dangerous caves was merely a part of an initiation process for some weird organization of Thai children.

If only the children were taught to value spiritual rules, such as honoring their fathers and mothers in every aspect of their lives, they could have been minded to secure the parents’ permission first.

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KIDS HAVE TO BE TAUGHT ABOUT THE WAY AND THE INSTRUCTION OF THE LORD: Had they done that—securing their parents’ permission first before going into those treacherous caves, something that  children with discernment and with good manners and right conduct could have done—this drama would not even be bothering them—and the world—now.

But this is now mere hindsight, which, nonetheless, gives an important life’s lesson from which every children in every part of the world can benefit: it is very important for parents to teach their children the way and instruction of the Lord, and they will never depart from it if they grow old.

The parents who are reading this column now, are you teaching your children the way and the instruction of the Lord? Some may ask: what is the way and the instruction of the Lord? It is teaching our children that there is a powerful God who created the heavens and the earth, whom we must love with all our minds, hearts, souls, and strength, if we desire successful and prosperous life here on earth, and a life in Paradise in the life hereafter.

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