The family is the key factor that determines whether the world is good or bad. If children are brought up well at home, they will have a promising future to look forward to. If they aren't raised well, they will have a bleak future ahead of them. This is true in most cases.
Therefore, parents should act and speak with great care and not be too casual. If parents don't reflect upon their own conduct, they may become bad influences on their children. If children aren't raised well, they become social failures and burdens to the country. Parents are responsible for teaching their children. They should practice what they preach and be good models for their children. In everything they do, they should be upright, honest, devoted to helping others, and filled with compassion for all people. Under their influence, the children will naturally grow up to become good citizens and leaders who contribute to the peace and stability of society. They will become pillars of society.
In today's society, the things that ordinary people do are truly alarming. Easily impressionable young people land in deep trouble before they realize it. They think they are only having fun, acting out a play. How could they know that
Once you stumble and fall, you will
regret it for a thousand years.
When you turn around again, a hundred
years will already have passed.
This describes the worst kind of behavior. If the parents are depraved, the children will surely be depraved as well.
People who live at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas should not go along with the defiled trends of the world. We should purify ourselves, cherish ourselves, and learn to be proper and righteous people, so that we can reform the social trends. We should do what is proper and never take part in improper gatherings or amusements. Only then can we influence others to reform and become proper as well.