by Philip Atkinson
How A Civilization Propagates Itself
Civilization is a shared understanding, and the only way a civilization can maintain this understanding from generation to generation is by that understanding being passed from parent to child, which is how a civilization keeps itself alive.
Importance Of Early Infantile Experience
The nature of an understanding depends upon its founding values, which makes morality (the actual values adopted) the vital concern for parents, with the early experiences of infancy the most critical for the formation of understanding in a child. This means that the lessons taught to the infant during the first weeks or months of its existence are the most important, as every subsequent value must reflect those values already adopted by the maturing mind of the person. And once the foundation of values is set, it is for life, with the values taught during child rearing becoming a permanent part of the adult's understanding. (see What Decides A Person To Be Moral Or Immoral)
Continuation Of Tradition
When the child begins to talk then instruction in the manners and traditions of the community must be taught, along with the duty and expectations that the community has of its citizens.
Consequences Of Failure
If parents fail to teach the morality or traditions of the community then the progeny will fail to become a useful citizen and instead become a problem citizen —an individual with an understanding different and incompatible to the shared understanding that is the civilization. Once such problem citizens become sufficient in numbers then the community must decay until it finally dissolves. (see the law of reverse civilization). A Study Of Our Decline, January 2011.
Source: Atkinson Philip, Atkinson: Teaching morality 2011