Innocence: absence of guilt, lack of exposure to evil, inexperience in life.
Innocence is the ‘ideal’ that humans are born with. It is the purest form of existence. In literature, innocence is a common theme often juxtaposed with the dramatic loss of the same.
In reality, though innocence loses its sheen a little every day in a person’s lifetime. There cannot be a complete loss or complete preservation of innocence.
Innocence, for me, is the only aspect of life worth glorifying. If you know a person since they were a child, everything they do is a reminder of the little one you knew once. A mother loves her grown-up children because she remembers them at their best, in their true innocent self.
Innocence is a big deal. People with felonious disposition are often given a chance to reconnect with their lost childhood, to the time of innocence. It is only when such a connection can no longer be made that an extreme step needs to be taken for the welfare of the larger community.
I began working with children because I realised that they are the most productive investment, where your only capital is time. Time spent with children is not always monetarily rewarding. They are though a ‘refreshing energy’; the kind that you feel when close with nature.
The world today finds parents willing to expose children to ‘knowledge’ that was denied to them a few generations ago. The pace set for seeking knowledge is much faster too. Parents believe that the more children are stimulated the more they will have successful lives. Such a belief is not unfounded. However, the expanse of knowledge is so powerful that children need to tap into it with discretion. The appropriateness of a child’s age needs to be considered. If not the child will be left with a thirst to know more of what s/he is truly not ready for.
Parents must pay attention, for instance, to what toys they buy for their children. The sexualisation of young girls by the rampant availability of Barbie dolls can lead little girls to objectify themselves. To a large extent, society is to be blamed for this but parents need to help children by not overexposing them to the same at home.
Again, parents need to ask themselves before exposing children to violent video games whether their children really need the stimulation. It may be argued that this is not really the real thing, yet the aggression in them is bound to leave children with a misplaced sense of empathy.
The threats indeed are endless. Nonetheless, adults need to protect children from premature loss of innocence. It is important for teachers and parents to stop worrying about children topping scores at school. It is important for parents to stop questioning schools based on their exam results analysis and be more concerned about the inspiration children find there. It’s time to stop falling into the trap of stereotypical ideas of right and wrong.
Parents often get led by mass aspirations out of fear of being socially rejected. This is especially the reason why children get exposed to abuse.
In order to allow children to be as spontaneous as they can be, parents need to seek an understanding of how this can be done. It is a decision that needs to be taken collectively. The more there is a demand for such a change, the more this will become the norm in society because innocence is really what’s worth fighting for.