The natural power of innocence and might

Imagine challenging a room of people to convey innocence, meekness, and might in a drawing or sculpture. Then try to picture the resulting attempts to communicate them in color and form. These precious qualities are spiritual—so often hard to express in human terms.

Interestingly, depictions of these special qualities often include two contrasting figures—for example, a lion and a lamb, a muscular man cradling an infant, a dog protecting sheep, a mom walking hand-in-hand with her toddler, the mother bear guarding her cubs. Such depictions tend to suggest that the innocence natural to infancy renders the young powerless. Also, that we grow out of innocence into wisdom and strength.

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