Jun 16, 2013

Innocence

Innocent girl holding flowers photo


(a friend of mine whom I met online around two years ago sent me this article to post it on my blog. She disappeared the next day without completing the article and I never heard of her after that. Jemma, I hope you still read my blog)

Innocence-the thought of it just makes me think at how much better the world would be right now had humanity not profited in the past through vices. The most stark examples of crimes toward humanity occur in the news everyday-innocent people who desire little more than a peaceful life and who are willing to help others are killed by the ruthless forces.

If we can just take a moment for self-introspection and use it wisely to fully understand ourselves-understand not just what we are good at, but also understand why we all have prejudices-why when we look at, say, a laborer, some of us automatically think of laziness and a wasted attempt at life. If we can be innocent, in the sense that we are not predisposed to sarcasm and apathy, and remain optimistic on the outside, all of us would be happier. Children, or at least young children, tend to get along well and take a friendship with much more trust simply because their point of view is unblemished-they are clean spirits who mean to have good intentions, regardless of how they are treated. We see the wonderful effects of a good upbringing for children who have matured into great figures such as Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi simply because they decided that they could treat everyone, from any background, in any situation, as their equals without any further skepticism. Even with our closest friends, we still maintain some sort of competition. Why is competition so necessary? Why, even with our closest friends, we need to uphold so much rivalry? Gandhi famously said, “An Eye for an eye? We will all be blind before you know it,” signifying that conflict is unnecessary.