I asked my five-year-old daughter, “why are you crying?” She replied, “I’m tired and sleepy.”
Driven by physical senses, she had tears rolling down her face. It reflected the most natural state of humans – the state which is not overridden by rationality. Doing whatever one desires can be perceived as innocence of the young. It is also the most intimate response to life and it’s miraculous.
This period of innocence is ephemeral. We are in the constant pursuit of growth – the pursuit of survival, etiquette and knowledge. The pursuit rids us of innocence and fills us with desire (Note 1). What happens afterwards? The majority of us are equipped with knowledge, but we become numb. For those whose senses still remain acute, they are in pursuit of purity and simplicity. People who manifest such qualities are the True Man (Note 2).
Yet, I believe my daughter will grow up to be just like most people and me. She will be exposed to a society full of complexity, hypocrisy, lunacy and injustice. When she is aware of life’s vagaries and even hypnotized by them, how will she know her true nature? When she is aware of the brutality, she will be likely to feel a sense of powerless, loss and speechless.