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Not only faith…

As July begins, holidays and trips away from the daily routine and relaxation of the early rising to face the commute to school begin to come into focus. Except of course for those who exchange school for camp, some of them creatively described—a camp to counter childhood and adolescent obesity! No snacks here!

But for many adults with responsibility for children and young people, there is the worry about their safety. The extended family is no longer there to assume guardianship; the neighbour is no longer necessarily a surrogate guardian; and the community may not be a safe place for recreational activities. Then the electronic babysitters which we adults have so lovingly procured for our children may be poison for their minds.

This worry about the safety of our young people is yet another symptom of the dis-ease of our society. We may mouth slogans about the youth being the future of our society, but our actions raise questions as to what future we envision.

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