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EMERGING KEEPERS OF THE PLANET

Who is this child?

He is my child. He is your child. He is everyone's child.

He is one of the 2.2 billion souls --- our children -- the "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" who emerged from the womb with an insatiable curiosity, a gentle spirit, a loving heart, and a purpose for being --- a destiny to fulfill. He sits before us now -- wounded -- physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. He is one of many of the 2.2 billion souls in our global village -- the "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" who, through no fault of their own, find themselves caught up in violent and bloody conflicts that turn their fragile world upside down and inside out.

When I look into this child's eyes, I shudder. How will he cope with the devastation and horror he has witnessed? How will he cope with the terror that he surely feels? When -- and if -- he reaches adulthood -- what kind of Man will he be? Will he be a Man who lives his life in peace? A Man who is compassionate, loving, and nurturing? A Man who lives his life on purpose . . . who works to fulfill his destiny . . . and who empowers others? Some day, this child -- when and if he reaches adulthood -- will be someone's husband . . . someone's Father . . . . someone's neighbor . . . someone's co-worker. Will this child -- this "Emerging Keeper of the Planet" -- mature into an adult who is forever haunted by the horror and terror he witnessed?

This child is just one of hundreds upon thousands of children -- "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" who are traumatized by the destruction, violence, and death that surrounds them.

Can the Adults of the World, just stop for one second and hit the "pause" button and look at and think about this child and the hundreds upon thousands of children -- "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" -- innocent souls -- who are either witness to or the victims of violence?

What kind of world are we creating for the 2.2 billion souls -- the "Emerging Keepers of the Planet"? What kind of world do we want these souls to inherit?

Are we going to continue to ignore the plaintive cries of 2.2 billion souls -- the "Emerging Keepers of the Planet" -- who are begging us -- the Adults of the World -- to find a way, with all deliberate speed, to transcend the boundaries of politics, religion, ethnicity, language, culture, economics, and class?

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