Child is the father of the men
Just as the morning foreshadows the day. so does the child reveal the future man it is going to be, showing all those tendencies which subsequently become distinct. A man is but an overgrown child, and generally retains im him some of the refreshing features of childhood. The child may not he the spiritual being as Wordsworth has painted it, but it is fresh from God, and is quite innocent. We can observe its mind very easily and analyse its character. One doing so, we shall come across certain inherited dispositions, good and bad, which lie in it in a germicide condition like seeds which one day would sprout up into flowers and fruits. Byron calls the child “a rose with all its sweetest leaves yet folded” Pollock says that children are “living jewels, dropped unstained from heaven. But all the same they are the tomorrow of society and as such have embedded in them the glory of
manhood also, holding in their hand, the destiny of the nation. Heaven lies about us in our infancy,” At that time we have not learnt to conceal our feelings or inclinations, the divine human instincts are prominent Laue on. they are covered under a veil of insincerity and convention. We could approximate to the ideal life, if we could keep up those instincts in their purity. “Return to Nauru” is the modern cry, hur il is impossible for us to lead a natural life unless we could have the spirit of the child in us. Mosul of the complexities of life arise through attempts made by children to adept the worldly ways and acquire certain habits and traits known as accomplishments in the social code. A man’s destiny hinges on his childhood. It is, therefore, imperative on our pan to see that the child is able to retain some of his pristine
innocence and purity when he grows up. The conventions and the false creeds of the world should not be grafted on his mind, so that in later years he may have some of the child’s for heart left to respond to the “earliest enchantment.’ The careers of many children have been blighted for want of proper cae and then with training. If we want to give the child something positive, let us plant in him the seeds of those virtues which would bear only swot il en fruit in life. For this nothing is so necessary as a good home and a flats good company. We daily come across examples of men who the developed rightly under right influences and of men who wens all i astray because none cared to preserve in them the instincts of childhood Not that all the instincts ot a child are to be flustered, He civil has in him all those tendencies which would henchmen prominent later row on. So we should curb down the vicious tendencies and encourage of t the virtuous ones. Only we should keep him free from the neg contamination of the social convention as long as he is not able to form a mature Judgement Let us not teach him our so-called the wisdom that will make him lose his angelic usurer and become a slave to customs and the world If there is anything that will endure. The eye of God because it still is pure, It is the spirit of a little child, Fresh from His hand, and, therefore, undefined. Nearer the gate of Paradise than we, Our children breathe its airs, its angles see: And when they pray God hears their simple prayer. Yea, even sheathes His sword, in judgement bare.