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Younger and Wiser

By Sara Lovell | January 9, 2009

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baby-smaller“Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.”

–Aldous Huxley

 

Yesterday evening a friend was telling me about his deepening love affair with his six month old granddaughter. I mentioned that I thought babies were closest to Source, being that they just came from it, and were more evolved than adults. He said Bucky Fuller spoke to this referring to the Big Bang and that children arrive here later than adults, later in evolutionary time, and thus have to be more evolved. I’ve often noticed how adults of a certain age have an assumption that since young people are younger they must not know as much, and need to be told the wisdom gleaned from the older generation. I’ve noticed certain dynamics set up for ‘talking at’ or ‘down to’ and not listening at all, as if the assumption is that youth couldn’t have anything valuable to teach adults. I cringe when I’m in a gathering where people are in these unconscious ego behaviors, and I see it culturally in the vast separation between youth and adults. The mainstream media for many years have often portrayed youth as nihilistic, apathetic, materialistic, even dangerous and to be feared. It’s just common sense that if youth feel this from many adults around them, then they are going to withdraw their participation, their self-expression - they’re going to withdraw the gift of themselves. And I don’t blame them.

I believe in a continuing spiral of evolution, and have to figure that all the personal and spiritual work that any of us have done over these past decades or centuries is going to be passed on through various sorts of individual and collective osmosis. It’s also a fun experiment to look at it from a totally practical viewpoint, and instead of evolution, maybe talking about devolution; the limitations that humans pick up as they learn to protect and defend themselves from real or perceived harm. In that sense, we speak of children being free to express themselves, not afraid of others’ opinions, having access to more wonder and imagination. I know many people becoming parents for the first time, saying that their children teach them how to see the world with more joy and enthusiasm. Either way you look at it, children and young people have access to a wider spectrum in many areas and I’d love to see us adults being more curious and honoring of the vast contributions these younger people have to share.

I’ve always loved spending time with babies and children, even when I was still a child. I’ve always been attracted to their purity, their lack of pretense or self-consciousness – two characteristics that keep a person’s true essence mute and invisible. I’ve been thinking about youth even more intensely as I prepare to adopt a baby, and after seeing the massive mobilization of millions of young people engaging on behalf of their country’s democracy when they voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in November.

There’s a new generation, much larger than the Baby Boomers, and they’re on the move and wildly dedicated. “They call us the Millennials, but you can call us Generation We.” Here’s their powerful written declaration. They may just be evolved enough to solve the most pressing problems humankind has ever faced, and had we older generations been conscious sooner we might not be leaving them with what appears to be such a narrow window in which to turn things around. These more evolved children and youth are the inheritors of all of it - inheritors of the damage done from our failed systems, and inheritors of the vigorous awakening of possibility and promise that is finally capturing more of our population and shifting the consciousness of the whole.


I say: Let us look, let us see these young beings for who they truly are; beautiful, sensitive, playful, inventive, curious, truthful, powerful creators.

Let us shine back what we see over and over. Let us ask them what they want and need from us. Let us give those things whole heartedly. And let us move out of the way and let them create. And if we learn how to see and honor and love, then I am sure they will invite us to collaborate with them, and without question, we will witness extraordinary things.

 

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”

Harry Truman

 

“The youth of humanity all around our planet are intuitively revolting from all sovereignties and political ideologies. The youth of Earth are moving intuitively toward an utterly classless, raceless, omnicooperative, omniworld humanity. Children freed of the ignorantly founded educational traditions and exposed only to their spontaneously summoned, computer-stored and -distributed outflow of reliable-opinion-purged, experimentally verified data, shall indeed lead society to its happy egress from all misinformedly conceived, fearfully and legally imposed, and physically enforced customs of yesterday. They can lead all humanity into omnisuccessful survival as well as entrance into an utterly new era of human experience in an as-yet and ever-will-be fundamentally mysterious Universe.”

–Buckminster Fuller, from Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking (1975)

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