There Is Evil In The World – Boomers Are Well Aware

I remember as a young boy that I lived in a protective bubble like many of you did. My parents took care of me and my seven brothers and sisters. We didn’t have much money to go around but I don’t remember ever going hungry. My world as a boy consisted of a neighborhood that I rarely ventured out of except to walk to downtown Omaha with a few buddies to see a movie.

There were two shocking developments that occurred in my youth that I remember to this day. The father of one of my classmates murdered his wife and then killed himself. And a young boy from our school who was maybe seven or eight years old was hit and killed by a car as he ran across a street one evening in our neighborhood. They were wake up calls to us young people that bad things happen in this world.

But what really shook me to the core was the assassination of President Kennedy. I was fourteen years old when the news announcement came across the loud speaker at my high school. Television coverage was spell binding to me over the following few days after the shooting. What was the point? That started my life of studying history and learning how ideas clash all over the world. Many of us Boomers consider abortion to be a stain on our legacy. As Bible study warned, there is definitely evil in the world.

We have had several more reminders of this fact in the world lately as terrorism gets nastier and more horrific. For Americans, it has been difficult to watch the bombings of military barracks, embassies, passenger planes, the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and on and on. We have a new kind of enemy that fights like a thief in the night while killing mostly innocent women and children.

We have also seen encouraging news that some of this evil in the world has been eliminated from the world gene pool. Saddam Husain, Osama Bin Laden, and now Muammar Gaddafi have been hunted down and executed. During World War II Hitler and Mussolini met the same fate. People will only put up with so much from these power hungry mad rulers.

But we live our lives knowing that evil will always be lurking somewhere on the globe. Corrupt evil dictators keep their thumbs on their own citizens in many countries around the world right now. Fidel Castro in Cuba, Ahmadinejan in Iran, Chavez in Venezuela, Kim Jong-Il in North Korea, and various thugs in Africa that starve people while disease runs rampant. What do we do about them?

There is no easy answer. Does the USA refuse to get involved as some in our country call for, or do we step in as the only legitimate police force in the world and remove a cancerous leader? Either way, many Americans will be unhappy about what we do or do not do for our fellow human beings around the world. What is the moral thing to do? These evil dictators are not going to go away on their own.

We know that evil flourishes when left unchecked. It was Edmund Burke that said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” So, for all of you good men and women out there, what do we do now?

Phil McMillan

How to Change the World

None of us can do anything great on our own, but we can all do a small thing with great love. Mother Teresa

I believe Mother Teresa would agree that no act of great love is ever truly a “small thing.”

I recently had the privilege of hearing Greg Mortenson talk about the story of Three Cups Of Tea. Greg’s story inspires and motivates. He’s living proof that one man can make a huge difference.

Greg caught a vision, and decided to raise money to build a school in a remote area of northern Pakistan. His grassroots efforts have currently established 78 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and brought liberty through literacy to thousands of children. He’s produced a mega best-selling book, and he speaks to military and political leaders.

I think we can all learn much about passion and courage from this tale, but I also think there’s danger in Greg’s message. To anyone who’s inspired but also overwhelmed by his story, I’d offer this sage advice: you don’t have to be a world-changer to change the world.

I fear that many people hear and admire Greg’s story, but nothing really changes for them. They’re so sure they could never do something so amazing and world-changing, so they do nothing.

There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big, setting out to accomplish a project so overwhelming (like The Crazy Quest ) that people question your sanity. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Each of us can change the world right where we are right now. In Mother Teresa’s words, we do great things when we do everyday things with great love.

Greg’s legacy was shaped by teachers and parents and friends who simply did their jobs. It was spurred by kids tossing pennies in a jar to support Pennies For Peace. Like all great accomplishments, it happened because a lot of people played their part, right where they happened to be. Individually, none of them looks like a world-changer, but collectively they changed the world. That’s how it works.

The world needs passionate cooks and firefighters and soldiers and teachers who value every person. We need people who fulfill their daily responsibilities with great love.

I believe that God cares much less about what I do than with how I do it. I believe that He values consistent character above fame and accomplishment.

The people and circumstances I encounter are important. I change the world by representing Jesus and His love right here, right now.

How can you change the world today?

When your heart speaks, take good notes. Greg Mortenson

Hilton Head Schools – Another World-Class Amenity

Schools are one of the most important features of any community. Before moving to a new community, parents almost always take a good, hard look at the area’s schools. They want to know whether or not their children will get a good education that will prepare them for the world of work and adult responsibilities. This island is famous as a great vacation destination, but parents thinking of living there need to know if the island’s schools will serve their children well.

Fortunately, the schools serve their clientele very well and can be counted as yet another of the island’s many world-class amenities. The area’s public schools are among the top schools in the Beaufort County School District, a district known for innovation in education. There are first-rate programs available for students of all ages, including the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. There are also several options for parents who prefer private schools.

The public schools are located on a common centralized campus, providing a great deal of convenience for families with children in multiple schools. In addition, the common campus provides continuity for longtime students, who will attend school within the same geographic area from kindergarten through graduation. The schools are separated, however, by distinct entrances and parking lots joined by a common campus road, maximizing convenience while still keeping each school separate.

The island’s elementary school offerings include Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary School and the Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts. Parents who want their children to explore the greater world from an international perspective through the world-class IB program should definitely consider this school. If you are a parent of a creative, hands-on child who is constantly building or painting, you should definitely consider the Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts. The school’s arts infusion programs promote strong problem-solving skills and provide the many added benefits inherent with any arts program.

For parents of younger children, there is also the Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center, which emphasizes student readiness to make sure that every child is ready when it is time to enter the island’s elementary schools.

The world-class education offered at the island’s schools continues at Hilton Head Island Middle School and Hilton Head Island High School. The high school is nationally-ranked by Newsweek magazine for its academic rigor, placing at number 426 on a list of the nation’s top 1500 schools. This ranking is in part due to the school offering the International Baccalaureate diploma program, which is recognized internationally. Students can earn college credit and students earning the full diploma can practically name the college of their choice, in the United States or abroad.

The island’s private schools include religious and secular institutions. The Hilton Head Christian Academy and the St. Francis Catholic School are available to parents preferring a religious education for their children. Other options for a more secular education include the Hilton Head Heritage Academy and the Hilton Head Preparatory School. Any parent moving to the area may contact Ken Oliver to find out the latest information about the island’s public and private school offerings.