As I watch my baby daughter, I realize that we probably are our most intelligent in the early days. That sounds strange, but really watch a baby for a bit. Everything is brand new. It’s quite over-stimulating. But as we grow and age, we begin to filter a little bit more out each day. Perhaps that is not true of every single one of us. But generally, this seems to be the case.
Babies just see and hear it all. They may not understand much, or any, of it, but this hardly makes babies dumb. They simply have no experience from which to understand things. To be fair, most adults are still babies when it comes to certain things. You never really stop growing, but many people have forgotten this.
Just because you can “function” in society doesn’t make you an adult. It may seem like a joke, but how many times have there been stories about adults and kids switching places? Sometimes, the kids really do a better job. I think I know why this is. Adults forget where they came from. Not all, but too many.
Once you lose the ability to just absorb everything you can and appreciate the little details in life, you just begin to lose touch with the best things in life. That’s why children, and especially babies, can find joy in such seemingly simple and trivial things. Actually, they know what’s most important - learning everything you can.
We all start out so small, then too many of us forget that we still are small. Even if our bodies grow to be 20 to 30 times the size we were when we were born, in the grand scheme of things, we’re still puny. It’s the gift of imagination that makes human beings special. We have to remember that the world is vast and the universe is even more mysterious and infinitely huge.
But as adults, too many of us end up encasing ourselves in some imagined bubble that we must remain in so that we can feel “safe” and “content.” It’s actually sort of funny. Babies need to feel safe, right? But as they grow, children can make some crazy risks, right? There is a time where we all must leave our comfort zones and that doesn’t happen in the way that you might think.
There’s a lot more than needs to be said on this line of thought, but these are my thoughts for now.