Everyday my children amaze me. They amaze me in the beauty that they create, the innocence that they hold and the pain that they cause. Children are… in the simplest form, the pure unaltered human. They are uninfluenced by society, laws, doctrine or anything else created by man. They are simply what we are when you strip away all of the crap we’ve created.
I know, that’s not a very educated way of looking at what we have created, but let’s face it, so much of it is crap, garbage, trash and feces. Yes, the laws we have, do protect us — generally. The “right” and “wrong” do give us a guidance as a society of what we should do to further our society. However, our laws and everything we have created is really just there to help guide those who lack common sense.
Children operate on three basic principles. Love, fun and what they feel in their heart God wants. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all religious on you or anything. But let’s face it, children are what we are when we are “new”, when you strip off all the stress, responsibility and rigid societal pressure. More than 90% of Americans believe there is a God. That being said, if there is anyone that is close to what God truly wants of us, a child is that.
Children seek “fun”. They seek pure truth, they question what they shouldn’t and question why they shouldn’t question it. They are the purest form of love and the truest critic you’ll ever get because they don’t know they are hurting someone’s feelings simply by being honest. We are taught not to hurt people’s feelings. How different would our world be if we were all, always honest? If we told each other exactly what we thought of each other?
People would know when they really do smell bad. Artists would know their work is beautiful or horrible. Investors would know that it’s a stupid idea to invest in something before they waste their money. People who go out grocery shopping in their PJs would be told the brutal truth that they really do look like idiots. When you go to buy a car, the salesman would tell you “I wouldn’t touch that car, it was smoking when I turned it on earlier.”
Conversely, we would tell people that we spend day after day working with, that we really do care about them. We would actually tell people that they are doing a good job or a bad job. We would hug a stranger when they hurt and we would help the person that sits by the road collecting money. And… We might even draw a picture for a friend, for no other reason than because we love them.
So what is the perfect child? The perfect child is you – in your purest form.
How different would your world be if you chose to be that child? Mine would be pretty awesome.
But could you bring yourself to BE that child knowing what you’ve learned as an adult?
That’s a good question. That’s the problem with learned behavior… hard to unlearn it.
Children do seek pure truth. They simply tell someone how they feel about them at any given time and have no fear in doing so
As an adult, my instinct is still to tell people what they mean to me- no problem there-but fear comes from when you know timing is wrong.As in, saying the right thing at wrong time !!! Or, saying too little too late!
Amen, God does tell us that we ought to become child like in order to enter the kingdom. So if the creator himself is telling us how to be then maybe we should listen. Life would be a whole lot simpler. I think pride, ego, selfishness and envy corrupts the inner child in all of us. Until that changes in us, we’ll still remain the same lost souls that we are.