Does a baby know about moral values, ethics or the meaning of good and bad? I think it does, but it doesn’t call these things by the same names as we do. For a baby it’s just instinct, or common sense. When hungry or uncomfortable, cry; when satiated and satisfied, smile; when sleepy, sleep. That’s life for a baby.
For us, it is different, there can be little doubt about that. My worry is, is it better? As we grow up, do we really go much beyond the level of maturity we had as babies? We still cry when we’re uncomfortable, the only difference is we don’t cry like babies, we complain, we crib, we whine, we blame the universe for our discomfort. And there is one other difference too. Whereas for a baby the things that have the potential to make it uncomfortable are very few, like hunger, heat, cold, pain etc., we have given this privilege to countless other things, poverty, unfulfilled desires, so many complexes and fears. So, have we grown up………or grown down?
As we grow up, we also stop smiling when comfortable, or maybe we never are completely comfortable. When we are relatively at ease, we don’t smile, we plan to make sure that we remain at ease in the future, or we fear unforeseen calamities or we boast, or we brag or we try to make the less comfortable people feel bad, we do any or all of these, but rarely ever do we genuinely smile.
As for sleeping when sleepy, forget that. Grown ups tend to spend as much time as possible not sleeping, doing any worthless job but not sleeping till late late in the night. And then we end up either oversleeping or looking like a raped zombie for the whole day.
I wish people had not taught me things so well. I wish we begin recognizing the good in babies and let them be.