Sense of wonder
An attribute of children, who unfortunately lose it as they grow older
July 9th 2011
Young children spontaneously intuit that the world around them is alive: stones, plants and animals speak to them, and they speak back. But when they tell adults what they see or hear, they really feel they are not taken seriously: adults smile and make fun of them. And even if they don’t make that much fun of them, their materialistic attitude eventually rubs off on the children, and then they have truly lost for good what is most important. Yes, what is most important. For it is a great mistake to think that humans are the only really live, intelligent beings in a universe devoid of soul and language. All of nature is alive and intelligent; it is inhabited by innumerable live, intelligent creatures, some much more intelligent even than humans. And as soon as humans start to deny this intelligence and this aliveness, blindness and death begin to set in inside them.