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  • We expect of course for it to be the other way around. We teaching him but he has a host

  • of important lessons for us too, if we take care to listen.

  • It's easy to play it tough

  • nowadays, to overdo independence but to have survived we all needed as he does an extraordinary

  • amount of care from those around us. He is a reminder that no-one makes themselves and

  • therefore that we're heavily in someone usually under acknowledged debt and should perhaps

  • call, our mother.

  • As adults we give love chiefly because of what others can do for us, but

  • he doesn't deserve much of anything. He can't do a thing for anyone. He cries too much and

  • is asleep most of the time yet we devote ourselves to him nevertheless. So he teaches us about

  • the truest, purest kind of love. Which means giving affection without expecting anything

  • in return simply because someone needs help and one happens to be in a position to give it.

  • He can't of course, tell us what is wrong with him. We have to guess; but what's striking

  • is how generous we are in interpreting what could be at stake. When he cries we don't

  • accuse him of being mean. When he hits or kicks we assume he must be frightened or momentarily

  • vexed. We are constantly aware it might just be hunger, a tricky digestive tract or a lack

  • of sleep. How kind we would be if we could be similarly imaginative around adults.

  • If we could look beneath their surface behaviour, the unpleasantness, viciousness and grumpiness...

  • and can trust that here too it was probably also just fear, pain or exhaustion.

  • It's easy to get sickened by our species,

  • the greed, the status consciousness, the vanity, we should

  • hang out with him as a corrective. He doesn't care what you do or how much you're making.

  • He cares about laughter, friendship, people who are nice to him. We were all like this once.

  • It's society that corrupted us and encouraged our unhealthier impulses. He's a political

  • philosopher, he pointing to how we might all be if only the world would be

  • newly and better arranged.

We expect of course for it to be the other way around. We teaching him but he has a host

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How a Baby Can Teach Us about Love

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    Kat posted on 2014/12/22
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