Dennis Prager

 What we learn over time, from our own children and from the children of our friends, is how powerful are the traits built into our children -- and not only those of personality and bio-chemistry, but more important and even frightening, of character. Some people are born good -- naturally inclined to be kind, thoughtful and considerate of the impact they have on others; while for other human beings, empathy -- the ability to put oneself in the place of another -- is very hard and sometimes impossible to inculcate.

 In parenting, as in virtually every other area of life, as we get older we become increasingly aware of the role of luck -- including how some children turn out.

 And that is why the only reaction any of us should have to the suicide of 18-year-old James Dungy is profound sorrow -- for him, his parents and all those who loved him.

 From every account of that family, if it happened to them, it could happen to anyone.

Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”

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