As we age, things start to become "downers" when, as a child, almost everything is an "up," exciting, new, something to learn, fun, and interesting. We didn't judge people by their religion, their homes, clothes, professions, or cars, the color of their skin, the shapes of their bodies, their titles (or lack thereof), or what nation they came from. None of that mattered. They were our friends, or friends to be. We felt sad when they left and happy to see them again. Sure...we have the same feelings about certain people in our lives now. But...that's after we've "filtered" others out. Which may be a good thing, since they're all adults now. However, how come it never entered our minds when we were young children?
Laughing and playing were what mattered. Mommy and daddy provided the necessities of life, including the most important one...love. Yes, life is complex. So many things divert our attention. Too often we believe things are important when they're really not. The things children intrinsically know don't matter, we somehow create constructs to make them matter. We delude ourselves into making things worth more than they actually are (if they're worth anything at all to begin with). Why do we do that? Is it because we have this need to make ourselves important, substantiate our positions, or create self-worth and/or higher self-esteem (which doesn't seem to be working...at least not here in America).
Is it possible that we will learn to return to our "child mind" before we seem to do it in "old age?" After we reach our "golden years" we often recognize the fact that we've spent far too much energy concerning ourselves with things that were not really significant. It's then that many people "mellow" and tell others not to worry, or share the wisdom that a they've amassed (or re-amassed) over the years, and that young children seem to be born with.
Can we recover our "child mind?" Are we able to search our mental "files" before we slip into our "golden years" and find the wonder and tolerance we had in our early youth?" I certainly hope so. And...I know it's possible. However, we have to quickly realize that it is a gift hidden within our minds and that the continuation of our species may depend on it.