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What 10 things do I tell my children that will make them better people and value society?

We all grow up with advice, either receiving it or giving it. But some advice stays with us and helps to shape us. As a parent of young children, I want to give them advice that will reflect on the way they live their life and support them through the good times and the not so good times. What advice did you receive that has stayed with you and shaped you. Lets see if we can get a list of 10 pieces of advice to pass on.


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    Sep 13 2011: This is a great question, it is actually very timely I came across this about Ghandi, in a letter to his grandson soon before dying he gave him the seven blunders of the world:

    "The Seven Blunders of the World is a list that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi gave to his grandson Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper, on their final day together, shortly before his assassination.[1] The seven blunders are:

    Wealth without work.
    Pleasure without conscience.
    Knowledge without character.
    Commerce without morality.
    Science without humanity.
    Worship without sacrifice.
    Politics without principle."

    Ultimately I think it comes down to core values though, how will your children find theirs. My old man taught me that you cannot something that is all good or something that is all bad, because truth is darkness and light.

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