Our oldest one is two and a half years old. We’ve been putting her to work around the house. She loves vacuuming and she loves washing the dishes. We’ve even got her cleaning the bath before we use it. The thing is that toddlers want to do this. It’s their instincts. They have reached an age where no only do they want to do everything for themselves they also want to do the things they see you doing. They watch you vacuuming and in their minds cogs and gears are turning. Humans vacuum, I’m a human, I should vacuum. Toddlers want to help out. They want to do what you are doing. Give them a dustbin and broom. Put a vacuum cleaner in their hand. Put them up at the sink with you and show them how to clean the dishes. Have them mix the eggs when making pancakes. Give them toys that replicate things you do. Do these things and be amazed to see your little two year old try. Don’t worry if they can’t do it well. Don’t think it’s menial labour that they don’t want to do. That’s bullshit. Their brains are geared to get them to do what you are doing so they can learn how to be human.You want to clean the house? Do it with your kid. Praise them for it. Guide them through it and reap the rewards.
Recently I was talking with my sister about the future of humanity. I have always felt that we must do what we can for the future of humanity. It is a major driving force for me though most of what I can do for the future of humanity is think, talk and write. My sister’s response was that while she agreed with me after she dies she won’t care. This logic is flawless. Whether you are religious or not there is still a sense that once you die nothing matters. Those who believe in a heaven usually believe it as a separate place. Atheists believe you cease to be. While there are other beliefs that suggest after death you just come back to Earth and go again. Those beliefs also say that you as a conscious being won’t continue on. Regardless I will die and it won’t matter is a prevalent belief throughout humanity. It is also a detrimental thought to the future of humanity.
Humans tend to think of themselves outside of the collective humanity. We do what we want for ourselves. However every human is part of humanity. What we think and feel and do reflects the greater whole of humanity. If we are all going around saying I will die and it won’t matter then the future of humanity will ultimately die and it won’t matter. We need to get over our own death and start thinking about the immortality of humanity rather than the mortality of humans. Our fixation with death will be the death of us.