There is nothing more beautiful than a baby’s smile. It is innocent and morally uplifting. There is nothing more disturbing than a sad look on a little child’s face. That look may reflect a lack of understanding of the behaviour of the parents or other adults. Why should parents explain themselves to a child? How is a child then to cope? Is there not a need to help children, as they grow up, to understand human relationships? Later, as their brains mature, they may even begin to understand what it is to be human. I have offered the following advice to a grandchild from whom I am separated, hoping that it will offer some relevant insight.
So much of human behaviour is predictable. You enter the world on your own, having been developed within the womb, enjoying its security. Then you are exposed to the insecurity of the outside world. You then find yourself protected again by your parents. Each parent sees the other parent in you, and loves you more for that. Both parents see something of themselves in you, wondering whether your personal destiny-path (your river of life, on which you will paddle to survive, suffer and succeed) will be kind to you.
While your genes are inherited, and supply your reaction-potential, your soul, that is essentially YOU, has brought into your current life a whole boatload of memories (hidden from your current personality), and related instincts (which might present you as a fighter or pacifist or even a little screwed). It is thereby said that you are born WHEN you are because of WHAT you are (horoscope-wise).
My investigation into the past-life memories of little children (see my recent posts on WordPress) helps me to ‘read’ people more than my training as a research psychologist. I also endeavour to see the child in the adult, as it helps to explain extraordinary behaviour and attitudes.
Why am I writing like this? Understanding people helps you to understand yourself, especially when you have unusual thoughts and reactions which just seem to pop up. In my case, an instinctive urge to use a scimitar when facing on-going discrimination at work (and elsewhere) hinted at (and subsequently supported by a clairvoyant) a relevant past life – a warrior! That also explains why I have worked for justice all my life, and the support I am receiving for my WordPress posts.
You can also make life more interesting by seeking to understand your fellow-humans; perhaps to see what drives them.