“From heaven’s perspective, a child who loves the simplicity of life is wiser than a man who loves the complexity of information and knowledge.”
– Mick Mooney
“Unless you become like little children, you can’t see the kingdom of Heaven” ~ Said a man from judean desert 2000 years ago.
I have always believed in being forever young at heart and the verse about becoming like little children and seeing the kingdom of heaven is one of my favourite verses by the man from the Judean desert 2,000 years ago. As an adult, I have much to learn from little children if I want to stay in touch with my inner child, such as appreciating the simplicity of life and being open to questions and mysteries of Nature/Universe with wonder and awe. Somehow, this reminds me that research has shown babies and little children laugh more than adults daily.
“He’s found that babies laugh 300 times a day, while adults laugh only 20 times.”
(From “In the lab with the world’s leading laugh scientist“)
The amazing thing perhaps is that babies and little children don’t need to learn to laugh or appreciate the simplicity of life – they just do and be who they are. I think the older I get, the more I need to unlearn from the conditionings I received from society, religion, etc and the more I need to learn from little children.
Like what Mick Mooney’s quote says, adults tend to be encumbered by complexity but wisdom is shown by a child who embraces simplicity. Religion particularly tends to complicate life with doctrines/dogma, rules, rituals, obligations and regulations. I like this quote.
Shunryu Suzuki famously said “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”
(From “13 communication and life tips that children teach us“)
Yes, it seems organised religions have caused people to close their mind from possibilities and settle for certainties. No wonder Jesus said to the teachers of the law that they cannot see the kingdom of heaven unless they become like little children (and be open to possibilities and appreciate the mysteries of life with awe and wonder, such as the mystery of Christ in us the hope of glory and the mystery of the kingdom – innocence, peace and joy within us).
May the year 2013 be a year of phenomenal ecstatic joy!
- Thoughts on child rearing and family planning (natureandus.wordpress.com)
- Sometimes we need to go back to the simplicity of innocence. (leannemarriott.com)
- The Heart of a Child (butchdean.wordpress.com)