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Raising Freethinkers by Jan Devor, Amanda Metskas, Molleen Matsumura, Dale McGowan

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Celebrating Life

Jan Devor

The world that we live in too often seems filled with very serious business. Grim news, grim rules for children (“Don’t leave my sight at the mall or someone will kidnap you!”)1 and grim expressions on our faces. Teachers, parents, and coaches are constantly telling children to “Get serious!”You have to be a serious student, a serious worker, a serious musician, or a serious athlete to get ahead.

There is indeed a lot to be serious about, from economic concerns to violence and injustice to the seemingly intractable ...

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