The older I get, more and more I see the importance of gaining knowledge, putting it into practice (in some way, if possible), and hoping that it blossoms into wisdom that I can share. I really hope that I hold on to many things to share with my son. To gain more knowledge is a wonderful thing, if for no other reason than to enlighten this wonderful little human being. Everything will be new to him. Scratch that! Everything IS new to him. Right now! I hope and desire to start him off (as soon as he is able to understand) with the idea that growing in knowledge is a good thing. I am gathering books now to start a library of sorts for that future home that his mother and I will possibly build. I want there to be writings from various topics, from politics to religion to philosophy, from Plato to Thomas Aquinas, all laid out on the bookshelves of my home. I pray that God will allow me the time to completely read all of them myself, share them with my son, and discuss them with him. It would be a joy to my soul for my son to be a great academic, intellectual, writer, or a combination of all the above. However, I do not know the future and I hope that I will be the kind of father that will love him, even if he says that he desires a job doing physical labor. Regardless, I want him to be a rational individual and be a benefit to those around him when he is a man.
I want him to understand that you cannot gorge out enough on Truth!