thoughts on being a baby

July 19, 2006

We are born so completely dependent, vulnerable and helpless. But literally, babies can’t do anything for themselves and so they are fully dependent. Their solution to any given problem is the same – lie there and cry. Well somehow we have to progress from this state to independence. We have to learn every skill from scratch.

Independence is not an innate quality, it is learned. Maybe some of us over-learn independence, particularly in the modern world. We become completely self-sufficient in our apartment, with our security and our appliances. We never have to interact with another person, unless we choose to.

Maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to make our babies independent.

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