Our Inner Child...
"In popular psychology and analytical psychology, the inner child is an individual's childlike aspect. It includes what a person learned as a child, before puberty. The inner child is often conceived as a semi-independent subpersonality subordinate to the waking conscious mind."
When I look at the current batch of little ones in my family, from 10 months to 5 years old, I can't help but marvel at their innocence. While they may be mischievous, these tricks typically don't exceed sneaky attempts at more treats. I see the joy in their faces when another child is nearby. Pure joy. No judgment, discrimination, or hate.
The reason being, we aren't born with the aforementioned traits. Not a single baby is born with hate already laced into its worldview. These things are woven into our minds by society, upbringing, etc. There isn't a single 4-year-old on this planet that would brutally attack another child simply because of their race or ethnicity.
Yet, we see heinous videos online every week of adults doing just that. Where does this stem from? How does one get so out of touch with their inner child?
We are so alike
I think one reason why children delight in one another is due to their recognition of being one in the same. They are just happy to see another person their size with a smile on their face. They are focusing on everything they have in common, not what sets them apart. Humans have this ability to live completely different lives but still be so alike. The human experience, while extremely varied, is also incredibly uniform.
Tapping into the childlike capacity to love unconditionally will set your heart free of the heavy burden that comes with carrying around a heart filled with bigotry. We need to look out for one another, treasure the power of mutual respect, and understand we are all in this together.
Let me be clear, one does not have to be violent to have a wounded inner child. I'd wager the majority of adults are walking around with unhealed trauma. Doing the work to heal your inner child can positively affect all areas of your life. Including the lives of the people closest to you.
I bawled my eyes out when I saw a poor woman being beaten outside of a grocery store last week. Nobody intervened. My heart goes out to all victims of hate crimes and their families.
While the perpetrators (hopefully) go to prison and get the mental help they need, the rest of us can do our part by doing the work, standing up, and speaking out when we see our fellow humans need our help. I have also linked here the Stop Asian Hate gofundme page with lots of ways to donate to end violence and seek justice for Asian American victims of hate crimes.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and remember to spread love wherever you can!
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