Lucy is seven. Tonight at dinner she told her three little sisters, "There was a shooting in Arizona." "What's a shooting?" asked Chelsea. Lucy explained, "It's when somebody just kills people. This crazy guy shot a little nine-year-old girl at the grocery store." "How do you know?" I asked. "I learned it at school."
How do you protect kids from the truth? You can't. It's sad to me that the ugly truths can be taught at school to the littlest learners, but the beautiful truths can't be.
"The ability to know right from wrong is based on the truth that there is a right and a wrong, a universal standard of ethics that applies to everyone everywhere. One reason for today's decline in moral values is that the world has invented a new, constantly changing, undependable standard of moral conduct.
"Now individuals consider 'good' and 'evil' adjustable according to each situation. Some wrongly believe there is no divine law, so there is no sin. The world has to come back to the basics of divine virtues that have been taught since the times of the ancient prophets."—Dieter Uchtdorf (Utah Valley University, Oct 28, 2008)
Here's a truth I'm glad Lucy already knows: