Man's original innocence

There is an attractiveness about innocence. I remember watching some five-year-olds in a school play. The entire audience was caught up in the children's joy, spontaneity, and innocence. Later that same evening I watched a television program about children in detention facilities—hardened and afraid. What had happened? Where was the innocence that at one time they had shared with the youngsters in the play?

Perhaps we need to take a deeper look at innocence. It certainly isn't naiveté. The world views innocence as a fleeting and weak quality—of no help at all in getting one through this rough world. The innocent, it is said, are easy targets for evil, especially young people today. We read about their becoming victims of pornography, criminality, physical abuse. We hear of a rising tide of child crime and of an increasing number of teen-age pregnancies. Many people are concerned about these trends and are searching for answers.

Indestructible identity
May 14, 1979

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