Innocence at an early stage in life had always been a natural endowment to all earthly creatures. But why nature allows it to be lost later can only be accepted as a requirement for survival which nature also supports. Do we then need to be innocent at all if only to lose such traits? However, people could be said to be innocent even at an old age. This makes innocence a bit of a mystery, rich in concept and good for a harvest.
“An innocent baby” refers to a state of being.
“An innocent look” refers to the art in a face without consideration to the knowledge of the person.
“An innocent reply” refers to an art of speech where background knowledge or information is missing.
If such concepts could be held by people, then innocence could be harvested. It looks like both a shade of colour as well as an allure. People can be innocent just as they can be white or black, tall or short, and they can have innocence bestowed upon them as in such comments as: ‘I declare you innocent’. Here, innocence is a merit rather than a consequence.
Innocence in this discourse is not the opposite of being guilty. Someone having an ‘innocent face’ doesn’t mean absolved from wrongdoing. The innocent face refers to the tranquillity of the mind seen in the quality of facial expression or allure. One area of the harvest is a probe into the freedom in a mind— the state of graceful blankness without thought, worry and without a plan. Innocence can be seen when manifested through the leisure in movements dictated by the amount of freedom a person or thing exerts in the vastness of space in an un-bothered time of movement.
When a cat kills a rat without fearing arrest or condemnation, it leads us to the raw innocence in the wild. Such a life of freedom and leisure is only bothered by an instinct for self-defence occasioned by the threat which gives birth to knowledge.
The lack of knowledge of danger or its effect is the blood of innocence— the curiosity of the power of the ‘devil’ and knowledge of the grave. Innocence dies with experience. Innocence is not exclusively the lack of knowledge but the absence of conscience to that effect. It has the attribute of a ‘peace of mind that passeth all understanding’. Life is burdened by 'why, whose or what'. Everything belongs to nature. You feel no guilt eating an apple plucked from a farm because such thought of ownership of either the apple or the farm does not exist. For predators, there is no freedom for the hunted as they are to be eaten. No remorse.
Innocence like virginity is a virtue. Ability to retain it or the shame of its loss has nothing to do with age. A woman can be a virgin at 90 and be called innocent on the grounds of not having sex but not the lack of its knowledge. So also a girl of 13 could have lost her innocence on grounds of sexual involvement but not on matters bothering on menstruation, meaning that the 90-year-old is innocent while the 13-year-old is not, relatively to sex. And both are not innocent on matters bothering on men. Therefore innocence is relative and can be measured in age. When a little boy or girl bathes in public completely naked, unbothered and not shy, then innocence can be referred to in terms of the age of the activist. In primitive cultures where kids and adults go about naked, one can see the innocence of 73-year-old parents exposed to public view. This makes innocence not to be the exclusive reserve of the little ones.
Innocence was captured on the face of a newborn baby a few hours after birth. He stares into space in such peaceful beauty― un-bothered about the caesarean operation he had indulged his mother in. The baby can be said to be full or rich in innocence and can be a source of harvest for a variety of virtues of innocence. At a later age, you stare at him and he stares back only to smile at whatever he thinks is funny in your face or in the way of your approach. Meaning that in time he had lost some innocence to be able to give you that acknowledgement, except that such an act in itself is part of the endowment of innocence; smiling without any thought.
Innocence is lost every minute along a life’s path. In other words, time kills innocence. Otherwise, nature withdraws innocence for a life to live in time. An innocent cat in time gets hungry and by its natural instinct attempts to stalk a rat. If the rat gets lucky to sense danger and escape, it would have lost its innocence and gained one experience in survival. The cat also would have gotten an experience realizing that it missed the rat because it was noisily done. And also that rats are not to wait to be eaten as it had believed; another lesson in survival.
The concept of innocence is in two camps— the angle for the hunted is different from that of the prey. When a hunted rat witnesses the killing of a mate after an innocent stroll into a cat’s house, such a rat gains in knowledge and the equivalent loss of innocence is a new defining chain in the limits of its freedom. Yet for the cat, the instinct to kill is a natural endowment in its own kind of innocence, it is a right and gift of nature. For the rat, innocence is a wild game of chance blessed by nature’s high infant mortality level. Nature protects the concept of innocence by a gift of tough defence systems. So you can stroll in leisure but can stand up to fight naturally if need be without being taught. Imagine a handicapped creature (a snake, a cobra, without hands and legs) but has a gift of potent poison in its fangs. It also has far-reaching and blinding saliva. How about great horns and powerful hoof kicks of livestock preyed upon by powerful lions or the body cover of plates for a very slow hence vulnerable tortoise?
Innocence is like a naturally empty brain of a life lined with an instinct to both defend the brain and also to attract information into it for the overall purpose of survival. Innocence can be said to be the amount of clean space left at any time on the brain where spaces are filled or soiled by the ink of knowledge.
Has innocence any moral implication? If a life’s page is soiled late, it would have retained longer that initial blank gift of nature as a means of preserving the purity or origin of nature. When a kid is groomed to increase his knowledge, we no longer see that as innocence. But when a wild lion’s cub is taken from the wild and tamed, it is relatively innocent of expected aggressive behaviour. We refer to its tamed nature as having an innocent look. In future, this innocence makes it difficult for it to survive in the wild or hunt its own in the expertise known of lions. Innocence, therefore, is also the acquisition of knowledge not in tune with nature. Innocence is more like misunderstanding the essence of nature. Thus, innocence can impact negatively.
Innocence also has reference elements in time. One was innocent five years ago in reference to an issue or one was innocent relative to a norm of a society which expects a stranger to accept the gift of a host’s wife for a night as a token of welcome.
Ignorance is a form of innocence as can be viewed when kids do not know ‘the difference between sharing toothbrushes and that between sharing towels’. When any water is good for drinking, life becomes relaxed. No stress. This is a harvest of innocence— an imaginary world, the Utopia, where everyone is innocent. It would be one in which the limit of freedom is the self-defined limit to food hunting or strolling unconsciously insured by nature’s gift of survival instinct, and response reflex to defend one’s self if such unimaginable likelihood becomes necessary. Self-defence would include the ability to run fast, bite, fly at breakneck speed, dive deep, camouflage skin colour or hop in great loops. Self-defence ability reinforces the confidence displayed in innocence. Intuitive wisdom doesn’t diminish innocence but its application does because it produces knowledge which is ‘acquired wisdom’ from experience.
The loss of innocence is the first item in the list of human secrets. When people lose property they scream but when they lose their innocence which is also their property, they keep it a secret with the knowledge gained.
Real innocence shows like attributes of madness. A rat in search of food willfully destroys your new bag and instead of going away victoriously, it decides to live inside the bag until you find out. Is this innocence, wickedness or madness? A young chicken looking for its mother suddenly thinks it is wise than suicidal to hop unto the lap of a human being―not considering him as savage. Otherwise, a baby fascinated by a crawling object pursues it alongside in competition to the wonder of an also innocent young snake looking for rats to feed upon in a densely populated area of men ‘the bruisers of its head’. Innocence is that feeling of freedom and well-being that pushes a young dog or child too far until it wants to put his hand in a strange glow of an unknown consuming fire. It is that feeling which makes a child see paper money as ordinary paper and feels un-bothered leaving it behind at the play area.
Innocence is a period when the being is not sensitive to the biases of society. As seen in a toddler urinating at will even into his mother’s face and soup pot. At a later age, it could be seen when nakedness of the sexes makes no difference to kids playing in the rain. When playing with his parent’s enemies’ children or accepting candy from the supposed devil or enemy makes no difference. In innocence, disobedience could be seen when the kids' risk caning to watch television at the enemy’s forbidden house.
Harvesting innocence would yield forgiveness due to the absence of a feeling of wrongful impacting actions from others. It would yield an Eden of freedom, serenity and luxuriance— green earth. By reading this article, you have lost an arsenal of your innocence yet you have harvested as much equally.