Originally posted by The Seeker:
Innocence really seems to be a cleanliness of mind, a simplicity, or an age-appropriate reference of the world around you.
This is how I look at innocence as well. There is a natural progression that we are supposed to go through, a gaining of awareness of the world, from the basic physical laws as an infant and toddler to the love and caring of the parental relationship as a young child, to peer relationships as an older child, to more personal relationships as and adolescent, to intimate relationships as an adult.
All of these are building blocks for later stages. When events that are beyond the scope of our current awareness are brought into our lives, we are traumatized and damaged, in the same way as violence traumatizes us. It is
violence visited upon us- a spiritual and cognitive assault for which we are unprepared.
The loss of innocence is always to be mourned.