Do Cartoons Spell D.A.N.G.E.R.?

Cartoons are part of a child’s life. Whether watching cartoons is good or bad has been debated much as well.

One of the positive elements said about cartoons is that it helps a child learn words, especially English, at a very early age quite effortlessly. This happens when the child listens to cartoons and picks up words and phrases and repeats them.

Another positive is that many cartoons often depicting animals convey stories containing morals. This can help in the development of the child’s personality in a very positive sense.

As far as the attitude of parents is concerned, they opt for their children to watch cartoons so that they will be able to do something without children interrupting them. This is not good in the long run. Ideally, parents should make a deliberate effort to spend quality time with their children. They can play with them, go for visiting places together or even go shopping.

In other words, allowing the television and cartoons to take the role of parents spells D.A.N.G.E.R.

The danger of cartoons is that they invade every available space. Try going shopping for the needs of your children. Be it a snacks box, a pencil box, a bag or name slip, or rain coat or whatever else you can name, you get stuff with cartoon characters printed on it. Quite evidently it is a clever marketing technique employed.

Another danger is that cartoons introduce children to a world of violence at a very impressionable age. Many cartoons have violent fights. This definitely influences children. And some cartoons contain violence for which no punishment is given. Both the one who does the violence and the one who prevents it appear in all episodes. So what message does that convey about evil and violence in the real world?

Some parents have raised the concern that their children don’t listen to anything they say. But if they tell their children that this is how this particular cartoon character would like you to behave, they immediately obey. This trend is very dangerous because a child is giving more authority to a cartoon character than his or her real parents.

Again children who watch violent cartoons can easily show aggressive behaviour. They might try to imitate certain ways in which their favourite cartoon character reacts to situations. Such behaviour may not be acceptable to other children playing with them. This can cause friction and tension between children. It can become ugly if parents take sides and families get involved.

Yet another point is what cartoons do to a child’s imagination. Cartoons easily draw boundary lines in a child’s mind. A child easily thinks and acts the way his or her favourite cartoon does. It is very difficult for him or her to exercise creativity in more imaginative ways. In that sense the child is limited by the imaginativeness of the cartoons he watches.

On further thought there is the mixing up of reality and fiction. When children see cartoon characters jump from high rise buildings to the ground and suffer no harm, they can get a false notion that they too can do it and survive. Similar is the case when they see a lot of shooting and fight with lethal weapons.

And if parents watch cartoons with a very critical eye, they will see that a lot of subtle or subliminal messages about attractive dressing, boy girl relationships, supernatural and evil forces etc. are conveyed through cartoons which may not prove healthy for their children.

To conclude, let me remind that cartoons will be with us for a long time. Today’s generation grows up with images and catch phrases of cartoon characters all around them.

The challenge is whether parents will yield their moral leadership to cartoons or not. If parents can spend quality time with their children and help them discern what is good and what is bad; then there is hope for kids to have a better tomorrow.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

A Speech for School Children on the Importance of Discipline in Life

No one has become successful and maintained it without discipline. Talent, opportunity, passion, ambition, hard work and perseverance all have their contribution to make to success. But without discipline it is highly likely that a genius too will end up as a failure.

So what is discipline? “Discipline is one’s ability to adjust oneself to the given situation,” was the thought the Principal at my school had driven home into our hearts at each school assembly. That means we are not to blame circumstances but instead rise above them by making necessary changes in our attitudes and actions.

Discipline primarily begins with a desire to make best use of resources gifted to us from God. It starts with the understanding that Time that we have at our disposal is short; and we cannot waste it. So to make best use of time, we should plan well. As far as students are concerned, this demands creating time tables and sticking to them.

The next step in discipline is to make priorities. As far as students are concerned, their first priority is not studies. You might be shocked and surprised by that statement, I am sure! But then what is your highest priority. It is to obey your parents and teachers!

Now why do I say this? This is because disobedience and disrespect are so fashionable with today’s young generation. But let me tell you a disobedient child is an undisciplined child. And even if such a child becomes successful the traits of disobedience he or she carries in his or her mind will someday prove to be their downfall.

Let me add one more important thought to this. Many of you aspire to be leaders; don’t you? It is a good thing provided your attitude is to serve others in your leadership role—to be a true minister unto men. The Bible portrays this as servant leadership which Jesus showed when he washed the feet of his disciples the night he was betrayed.

Now if you want to be a leader, obedience is the key. Make a note of the saying, “He who cannot obey cannot command.” Just imagine what chaos will result if there is disobedience in the armed forces? Therefore obedience is the key as far as discipline is concerned.

After desire and priorities, the next step as far is discipline is concerned is to strengthen your resolve and commitment. Just making decisions are good enough to lead a disciplined life. You have to increase your efforts to stick to commitments. Otherwise you will become bored and lazy with routines.

The key is to create good and healthy habits. Once those are formed; it is difficult to break them. Just imagine, the simple act of brushing your teeth every morning. This discipline became part of your life because your parents helped you to form that habit early in life; isn’t it.

Let me conclude with one last thought about a disciplined life. It is a very important thought as well. If you wish to maintain a disciplined and successful life, you have to avoid distractions. As far as youngsters are concerned, let me point out one way in which you are distracted is time you spent with your gadgets. How much time do you waste chatting on WhatsApp and Facebook? How much time do you spent in playing video games? What about time spent in watching movies, cricket and football? If you do not learn to discipline yourselves and limit time you spent for all these; you will regret that later in life. For the quality and vigour of time in youth will never return. Invest the best of your time in life in the best things of life.

So my dear friends learn to adjust yourself to the given situations in life. Discipline yourself and leave behind an inspiring legacy of success!

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

1 Minute Speech for Children on Character

Respected teachers and dear friends,

Good morning to one and all.

Wisdom in life is about building on rock rather than on sand.

If you want others to hold you in high esteem and you want to influence people in a positive way, building a good character should be a high priority.

First and foremost,
honesty and integrity should be the bedrock on which you build character.

A man of truth is bold as a lion and lives above fear for he has got nothing to hide as he walks in the light.

Secondly,
character is built by a positive attitude.

Your faith is what helps you triumph over negative circumstances as you trust God to make all things work together for good.

Finally,
character is built upon the sacrifice one makes to make this world a better place.

When you do deeds of care and compassion, your lives will shine its brilliance long after your work is done.

Yes, let me conclude
by saying that reading, culture, education and technology fails if it does not contribute to building character.

Today, the world is not in need of persons with more money, mind and muscle power; but it needs men and women of excellence and character.

Hope young friends that you will answer this call and leave your names etched on rock.

Thank you.

No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognised by its own fruit”Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

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“I Am Not Good Enough!”

There is something about speaking on stage that terrifies people. What can it be? In simple words, it is the thought, “I am not good enough.”

Surprisingly, that is not an isolated thought either. We have the classic example of Prophet Moses, a mighty leader. This man is familiar to modern audiences through the masterful portrayal of the character by Charlton Heston in the classic movie “The Ten Commandments” (directed by Cecil B. De Mille, 1956). Now Moses was called by God from being a shepherd to be a leader who would deliver the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. But the thought of speaking before the mighty Pharaoh of Egypt terrified him and he tried to evade the responsibility.

He voiced his inability in these words: “O, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:4 NIV Bible). God did not accept his excuse; but encouraged him saying, “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say,” and sent him on his way. This incident happened nearly 3500 years ago. It shows that in times past too people who were great leaders too had their moments of self-doubt and stage fright.

So where lies the root of this problem? Causes are many and varied; but the need of the hour is to have a totally new perspective on lack of self-worth. The truth is that you need not give up because you having feelings of inadequacy. Attempt to speak in spite of it. If you wait till you overcome negative thoughts and feelings you’ll ever be waiting.

Even successful speakers and leaders suffer from feelings of uselessness and inadequacy occasionally. These are the pains associated with being gifted with plenty of talent. The antidote is courage. Courage is not absence of fear; but sticking to one’s purpose in spite of fear. The example of Moses is an encouragement because even God did not attempt to solve his problem but empowered him to do well in spite of his feelings of inadequacy.

So when you say, “I am not good enough,” the truth is you are not. Yet the greater truth is that you can speak well and succeed in spite of your feelings of inadequacy. Some great speeches are delivered when the speaker is trembling in weakness. In those moments he is far more identified with the audience than any time else because then he stands not above the audience but with them sharing the same fears and struggles that the common man is passing through. This bonding lends great credibility to the speaker and the audience accepts the sincerity of the speaker with arms wide open.

To conclude, the feeling of “I am not good enough,” can have its roots in one’s past mistakes or failures or even painful incidents. But more often feelings of inadequacy shows the restlessness of the spirit to charge ahead and win. It is the price one has to pay for being talented.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!