Several years ago I sat in an adult Sunday school class. I can't remember the topic at hand. I can't even remember the direction the conversation had gone, but I suspect we ended up talking about disciplining children. All I really remember is the statement that came out of my mouth.
"I wonder what the world would be like if we raised an entire generation not motivated by fear or threat or punishment, but if we figured out a way to raise them to do what's right simply because it's right."
The room went silent. There were confused expressions on most of the faces. I was told that I'd understand when I had children of my own.
I now have children of my own. I still wonder.