From the horror of Hiroshima to the terror of Paris, the world is mad. It’s hard to imagine that this madness can ever really be overcome, at least not until the human mind evolves into a higher state of health and wisdom.
But where does that leave us now, in these violent times? How should we live amid a world gone mad? And how can we help advance that necessary evolution of our species, even just a tiny step?
The fact is, despite the madness, there will always be soaring beauty and joy in this world. And as we work to stem the suffering around us, we should be relishing this other side of life each day. For us, the act of raising a bilingual child can be an important part of that beauty and joy, impacting our children’s lives, our lives, and the lives of many more, near and far, in a wealth of positive ways.
At the same time, there is early evidence that the brains of bilingual children develop somewhat differently, with a stronger tendency toward tolerance—and greater tolerance is what the human creature so desperately needs. Perhaps this bilingual impact on the brain itself, helping to form a more tolerant mind that becomes hard-wired into future generations, can also be the growing fruit of our efforts today.
This is why raising a bilingual child matters, even in a world gone mad. It matters for the present, right here at home, and it matters, in its own quiet way, for the larger evolution of our troubled kind as we continue to reach for a more peaceful future.
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