Website owner: James Miller
A gardener knows that a plant needs the right environment, the right climate, the right amount of the right things in order to grow up strong and tall and healthy and give good fruit. They must have the right type of soil, the right kinds and amounts of foods and minerals in the soil, the right amount of sunlight, the right temperatures in the soil and air surrounding them, the right amount of water, etc. in order to thrive and do well. In other words they live in an environment and if that environment is friendly to them and warm and helpful and conducive to health they will grow up strong and healthy. If, on the other hand, they are deprived of this or that or they live in an environment that is poisonous to them they will grow up twisted and dwarfed and sickly or they will die. People are like plants. To grow up strong and healthy they must have a friendly, healthy, proper environment. If it is healthy, with the proper amounts of all the right ingredients, they will grow up strong and healthy; if it is deficient in certain of the important ingredients, or if it contains poisonous elements, they will grow up dwarfed and twisted and sickly. This is true, I am sure, of the physical growth and development of man, but more importantly, it is true of the spiritual and emotional growth of man. What ingredients and elements are important to the emotional and spiritual development of man? What kinds of elements are negative and poisonous to his development? In today's America children are growing up in an environment where they are surrounded by such negative and poisonous influences as rock music, MTV, pornography, drugs, marital instability, divorce, etc.. We live in a sick culture, a sick environment. What can one expect the fruit of such an environment to be? Oct 1985 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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