If we have the childlike vision, we will always be full of inner peace and joy. Wordsworth in his famous Ode on Intimations of Immortality very rightly points out that the child is the best philosopher. The reason is that the child is devoid of any ill-will, hatred or feelings of vindictiveness. If we develop in us the qualities of innocence, honesty and nonviolence, much of the violence that we have recently witnessed in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, might not be repeated. The truth is that a child is a synonym of God and Love. G.W. Russell very aptly revealsthat a child is a symbol of innocence and purity;
We are pools whose depths are told;
You are like a mystic fountain,
Issuing ever pure and cold
From the hollows of the mountain.
We are men by anguish taught
To distinguish false from true;
Higher wisdom we have not;
But a joy within guides you.
There is no doubt that the child has higher wisdom. The poet is quite right that a child is like ‘a mystic fountain’. We areunable to distinguish between fair and foul, but the child is always guided by joy within
The child is “an eye among the blind”. This means that childhood is a person’s best period of life. Only by childlike honesty, love and simplicity, we become able to defeat the arch-enemy Satan. Kahlil Gibran wisely observes:
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself...
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.”
After childhood is over, we get enslaved to evil. We might remember Plato’s very wise and philosophic remark that before birth, our souls were in heaven. That is why we are nearest to God during childhood.