” I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy and geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain. ” – John Adams
It seems immigrant parents subconsciously encourage their children to strive for mediocracy. Immigrant parents seem to think they are John Adams and fought the war of coming to the United States (or Kingdom). Rather, I would like to think of them as the sons who ought to study math and philosophy because, in fact, they did. And as such we (their children) ought to study music and art. Rather than urging us to study something”safe”, live “safe” lives, they ought to urge us to enjoy the fruits of their labor. To explore this new land. They did not struggle in a foreign land for their children to just be ‘comfortable’, they came so we could be great. So let us be great, so our children can be even greater.