The Mind of a Child

To contemporary persons, good and evil are things of fairy tales; simple as to be understood by the uneducated and scoffed at by the enlightened. Nothing demonstrates this like the abortion debate.

Two young boys in Cincinnati practiced discourse in its greatest form: moral inquisitiveness. They approached our interaction with an objective of seeking what is right. They behaved in this way, seeking righteousness, decency, and truth, because they believed in good and evil as existent concepts. They endeavored to reach a conclusion by way of moral passion.

“What is in this picture?”

“Who did this?”

“Why did this happen?”  

This put me in a position I had not experienced as an activist. Every previous encounter entailed my attempts to awake the silenced conscience of a passerby; silenced by nihilism, depression, ideology or numerous other means. But these boys were radiant to me in the way a hero rescuing the princess from the dragon is radiant to the child being tucked into bed. Watching them, I could see goodness moving in power, crushing the head of evil. Their passion to see good triumph hadn’t been extinguished.

Opportunities to walk someone through their development of moral philosophies is a rare joy because the usual objective of the pro-life apologist is to tear down; to tear falsities and violent, half-baked philosophies in a systematic and robotic manner. This joy (and it is thoroughly joyous) of walking alongside brothers on an honest search for what is good is almost exclusively experienced through interaction with children.

Thus says the Lord: “Truly I tell you, unless you become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

– James Silberman, Intern, Created Equal