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Issues and Social Justice - Love and nurture.

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Brandon Pantano Mr. Barnitt Issues and Social Justice 11 / 10 / 03 "Love can be defined as the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth." 1 This quote from M. Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled applies not only to nurturing spiritual growth, but also to the search for one's self that everyone goes through. Nurturing one's spiritual growth is a complex process. It begins very early, from the first years of life, until your last breath. As a baby, your parents are supposed to take care of you and nurture you as well as your spirituality. ...read more.

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In today's society parents sometimes forget what nurturing really is. They confuse the need for nurturing spiritual growth with the need to fill their child's closets with toys. The lack of real attention and of real love is sometimes caused by the parent's skewed view. Every person is a product of his or her parents, and children are affected for the rest of their lives when their parents do something. Any one thing a parent might do may affect how that child may one day be a parent. Society does not help when it comes to fulfilling the needs of spiritual growth in families. ...read more.

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The problem lies in empty acts of love. When children receive gifts from their parents without thought or emotion or meaning, they know this could be an empty act of love. The only thing that the child would get out of the gift, which the parent thinks is an act of love, would be the material part of the gift. In conclusion, we must remember that in order to be better parents, to show real love, we must nurture our children both physically and spiritually. We should teach them the importance of the greatest commandment - "Love one another as I have loved you." 1 The Road Less Traveled M. Scott Peck 2 "Clueless" Paramount Pictures 1995 ...read more.

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