We can control one very important aspect of our children’s adult lives. We can determine whether they grow up to be adults who remember leafy playgrounds and picnics and affectionate parents. We can’t ensure that our children will have a happy future—there, all we can do is move the odds around. But we can at least try to ensure that they will have a happy past. This applies to the collective we, as well as the individual I. Of course, there are many mothers and fathers, at least 20 percent according to the latest numbers, who have so few resources they can’t ensure that their children have any of these things, no matter how much they may want to. We have a collective responsibility to give these children, who are just as helpless as any other human children, a happy past as well.
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