The Innocence of Children
“Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.” — Edna St. Vincent Millay
Children feel themselves all-powerful in an infinite world. Nothing disappears, nothing passes away. In our earliest days, our pleasures were limitless and timeless. Reality was only an obstacle to gratification.
In our drama, we often remain fixed in a similar pleasure-oriented world. We don’t like it when someone says “no” to us. We sometimes try to manipulate reality to suit our own purposes. We may look upon others as objects of gratification. In our fantasies, we often recreate the omnipotent, timeless world of childhood, where we are in total control. Our pleasures know no boundaries.
We need to stay childlike and full of wonder, but at the same time, we must put away those childish fantasies. We can be creative, without believing ourselves immortal or invincible. We can return to the kingdom of our earliest days without playing the little tyrannical ruler.
Remember the uniqueness of our own childhood and leave behind its self-centeredness. Love of others and love of life is the antidote to the narrow circle of our dysfunction.
- Christmas within the Eyes of a Child (rock-kool-dadie.blogspot.com)
- Lego Universe’s childhood innocence-preserving measures outlined (joystiq.com)
- The Connection Between Childhood Perfectionism and OCD (brighthub.com)
Posted on December 7, 2010, in Childhood, Life, Life's Lessons, Mental Health, Personal Growth, Personality, Relationships and tagged Addiction, All powerful, Arts, Boundaries, Brian Boner Art, Child, Child abuse, Childhood, Childlike Wonder, Children, Dysfunction, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Family, Gratification, Health, Honesty, Hope, Humanity, Immortaility, Innocence, Invincible, Kingdom of Children, Life, Life's Lessons, Love, Obsessive–compulsive disorder, Opinions, Personal Growth, Pleasure-oriented world, Recovery, Relationships, Religion and Spirituality, Ritual, Self-centeredness, Sexualization. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.