A loved child gets active proof of Dr. Seuss's theory from parents and so very many adults from day one. Even when we are little and weak and goofy and whiny, oh, how they love us and want to do what is best. They do what they can to protect us, to give us what we need to succeed.
And it is not long after, still in our preschool years, that we get deeply attuned to fairness and from there, to justice. When we see that we, ourselves, are not being treated as people, oh we are distressed. And when we see someone else being treated as lesser, we get a wiggly feeling inside, knowing it is not right--even if we do not yet know how to speak up.
A religious community, with loving teachers and preachers, can put these things in the context of a vibrant faith--how our traditions and our theology match our inherent values and agree that we SHOULD feel wiggly about injustice.
Religious education helps us, at all ages, to articulate our beliefs, and to courageously speak our truths.
*From Horton Hears a Who