While living in Kelowna 70 years ago, we all knew almost everyone.
We had two policemen, the store owners, the doctors and the teacher. So if there was trouble, it was seldom, because there was respect for one another. Any bullying was discussed immediately by parents whose kid was involved or taken care of by the school principal. Everyone was friendly and considerate.
As we entered our school doors, we could immediately view the Ten Commandments on the wall at the entrance. Every student knew them.
Why did they take them down?
Looking at the world today, I thank God every day that I’m blessed to live in our Canada, with Christian roots, enjoying peace and plenty.
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. Then we will not be possessed by money, alcohol, drugs, fornication or carved images.
3. You shall not swear.
4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
5. Honour your father and mother.
6. You should not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not lie, or bear false witness.
10. You shall not covet anyone’s husband, wife, house, car, like. etc.
If every child memorized this, there would be much less acts of selfishness, crime and bullying.
Also, it would make a huge difference if parents complimented their children when they obey or show kindness and consideration.
To teach the commandments and live accordingly, we wouldn’t need a child to give her life to awaken her peers and those in authority.
The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Ruth Kile, Surrey