I write this in thinking about Adrian Peterson, the MN Vikings player who was suspended indefinitely after being caught abusing his son. He kept saying it was punishment and that he was punished in the same way himself as a child. Adrian swore up and down that he was a good dad and did not abuse his son.
I hope that people like Peterson can unlearn the harmful patterns of parenting they learned as a child so that they can stop the cycle of violence in their own families. In this way maybe we can create a more peaceful world without violence. A world without extremists, mass shooters, and the like. A world where the ones considered weak are cared for and protected, instead being beaten and pushed down. A world with no bullies.
I suppose some would say well that won't happen until Christ returns. But that doesn't mean we give up, we give in. We can each do our part, however small, to teach our children, protect our animals, and treat each other with respect. We can make the world a bit better than we found it by doing our part.
That is my goal: the make the world a little bit better than I found it.