Infants, it is known, have a lot of care for their mothers.
Much of the infant's immediate life has to do with his or her
dependence on the mother.
The infant may also learn a lot from the mother's and father's
response to him or her, and the initial experiences in the hospital
or wherever else the infant is born.
Indeed, the child's early experiences are exaggerated. Depending
on what senses are available to the child, the infant may learn
considerably, or else not as much as average.
The earliest experiences are the moments in which the infant
reaches the first inclinations towards whatever wisdom or insight
that will be had later in life.
This first insight has two parts: (1) The child's unhindered
perceptions about the world, whether pleasant or unpleasant,
whether insightful, or recoiling, etc. and (2) The permission
granted throughout later life to trust these perceptions and enjoy
or critique existence.
The first major opportunity for the infant may be to avoid
suffering, and if this is not successful the world becomes a
treacherous place, full of shadows and phantoms.
The second opportunity is to be wise, and this is on the basis of
the extent to which the infant's first insights can blossom. That is,
whether the infant was confused or not. How fresh in memory,
how free of narcotics was the mother, etc.
The third opportunity is to be critical, which is something that
tends to happen to a greater extent if the child is unhappy, but
also when the child is supported by the environment.
Thus, the Happy, Wise, and Petulent children are the three
archetypes that emerge. And their semiforms are respetively the
Funny, Intelligent, and Perceptive.
The best to emerge from a bad life is the perceptive child, while
the best to emerge from a good life is the happy child. In that
way, there is some compensation for the pains of life.
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