One is always a child 

If they are unacquainted with what has passed in the world before we came into it ourselves?  For, asks Cicero, what is the age of a single mortal, unless it is connected by the aid of history, with the times of our ancestors? 

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

2 thoughts on “One is always a child 

  1. rautakyy says:

    Indeed. We stand on the shoulders of giants, but not giant individuals, rather the gigantic amount of people who have passed before us and left us the world such as it is. Learning how it is, is the best and most responsible way to deal with it, and leads to less suffering than not knowing about what has passed and what it is that we are dealing with today. Willfull ignorance is the worst sort of irresponsibility.

    An adult person may be percieved to be a child at heart with a little playfullness and imagination, though I do not understand why do we percieve those as childlike qualities. Are adults boring and unimaginative? Is being an adult about conforming to something some other person expects of us? I think being adult is more about taking responsibility on what ever actions and inaction we choose. Taking responsibility does not, however mean we should suffer and not be helped, if we have chosen poorly. Taking responsibility is to help those who have chosen poorly be they children, or adults.


    • makagutu says:

      To remain ignorant in the face of information is irresponsible and that I think is the point Cicero is making.
      One must be playful or you be dull and lifeless. Maybe to say to be childlike is because they are more expressive in their play. Their life is all play. Adults on the other hand have stress and play


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