And because of all the neglect, too many of our kidshave, essentially, to raise themselves. They aregrowing more distant from their parents,grandparents and other family members, as allaround us the indestructible bond that once gluedtogether the generations, unravels.
This violation has bred a new generation, Generation O let us call it, that has now picked upthe torch from Generation X. The O stands for a generation that has everything on the outside– wealth, success, fancy clothing and fancy cars, but an aching emptiness on the inside. Thatcavity in our chests, that barrenness at our core, that void in our centre is the place where theheart once beat and which love once occupied.
And it's not just the kids who are suffering. It's the parents as well. For the more we cultivatelittle-adults in kids'-bodies, the more removed we ourselves become from our own child-likequalities, and there is so much about being a child that is worth retaining in adult life.
Love, ladies and gentlemen, is the human family's most precious legacy, its richest bequest,its golden inheritance. And it is a treasure that is handed down from one generation to other.