innocence and wisdom

August 20, 2006

My cleaner’s mother saw my boys and said they are the “picture of innocence”. And indeed they are with their big blue eyes staring out at the world. What is innocence anyway. If you are a baby you have never seen anything before. It’s all new, the world, the people. You don’t understand how things work, so they appear like magic. The first time you see someone blowing soap bubbles it looks like a beautiful miracle.

As we get older, discover more, we understand the world. Things surprise us less. We become able to predict what will happen. We’ve seen the beautiful sunrise 100 times. We lose our innocence. Hopefully we gain more wisdom as we experience life.

Perhaps it’s good to retain just a spark of that innocence, and then we might be truly wise.

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