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INNOCENCE

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"Newborn"

Not able to speak from experience,

It appears that innocence must be boring.

Tumbleweed

I think I have to disagree with our Founding Father on this one. We refer to the innocence of a child, and a child's life is full of adventure and exploration.

Boredom seems to be more a part of 'maturity', that is, something we grow into.

Another group that comes to mind that seems to be uncommonly happy, and content with small things, is the mentally retarded.

And didn't Jesus say that we must be "born again?" Those that could be considered as close to born again, or innocent, as anyone were Paul and the Apostles. Their lives were filled with danger and adventure, far from "boring."

So, there we have two opinions; Tumbleweed's and mine. Now let us turn to the Experts for their opinion.

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First this from the Christian Bible:

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

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And this Psalm shared with Judaism, where it seems that David desires the 'Born Again experience:

"Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; Therefore teach me the wisdom in my eyes and heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be whiter than snow. Fill me with joy and gladness, let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me."

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Isaiah seems to have provided a response to the above prayer:

"Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool."

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Sikhism expresses it this way:

"By purity of heart alone is the Eternal attained." (And)

"The mind fouled by sin and evil May only be cleansed by devotion to God."

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The laver where the priests of Judaism washed to purify themselves was originally made from the women's mirrors. It appears that the Jews were not the only ones recognizing the need of mirrors.

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This, from the Baha'i Faith:

"O my brother! A pure heart is a mirror; cleanse it with the burnish of love and severance from all save God, that the true sun may shine within it and the eternal morning dawn."

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This from Islam sounds reminiscent of a mirror:

"For everything there is an appropriate way of polishing; the heart's polishing is the remembrance of God."

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And from Hinduism:

"Even a mirror stained by dust shines brilliantly when it has been cleansed, so the embodied one, on seeing the nature of the Self, becomes unitary, his end attained from sorrow freed."

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And Shinto:

"All you who come before me, hoping to attain the accomplishments of your desires, pray with hearts pure from falsehood, clean within and without, reflecting the truth like a mirror."

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And Taoism:

"The mind of the perfect man is like a mirror. It does not lean forward or backward in its response to things. It responds to things but conceals nothing of its own. Therefore it is able to deal with things without injury to [its reality]."

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Now we turn to the secular experts for their opinion.

Publilius Syrus is first up to bat with this interesting maxim which warrants pause for thought:

"Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocence."

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Here we have Henry David Thoreau:

"Through our own discovered innocence, we discover the innocence of our neighbors."

(Now, I would have added, "or lack of" to the above dictum.)

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Finally, this from William Butler Yeats:

"All hatred driven hence, the soul recovers radical innocence and learns at last that it is self-delighting, self-appeasing, self-affrighting, and that its own sweet will is Heaven's will."

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Now let us turn the podium over to those far-from-innocent men of the Checkerboard, shall we?

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