Story of a lost journalist

July 1, 2012

Being innocent

Filed under: My Musing Moments — Cris @ 13:50

Innocence can be a really confusing term. You’d think it means being natural, sticking close to your primitive instinct. So then I was thinking, say there are two hungry friends and they see this little piece of, say a mango. Wouldn’t the primitive instinct be to jump at it and munch it all by yourself? Isn’t it because we moved away from the “natural” bit that we’d be willing to share or even offer it entirely to the other? So does becoming “human” mean you are losing your innocence?

There is another idea. That innocence can be related to naivety. Which in my opinion takes away the whole beauty of innocence. Being naive is, well to put it lightly, being dumb. Which is in fact yet another word associated with innocence. So I have trouble figuring out what exactly is innocence, and if being called innocent would count as your weakness or strength.


  1. In Today’s World , It (innocence) could prove to be a weakness, and many would find that , the hard way. Though Short , it really sets one thinking..

    Comment by Blungi — July 1, 2012 @ 16:49 | Reply

    • But isn’t innocence really the easy way out? Humans are supposed to evolve into easier beings, then why do we keep taking the complicated paths!

      Comment by Cris — July 10, 2012 @ 02:54 | Reply

  2. The root of innocence as you rightly mentioned is naivety(lack of experience of the world)!But then again, the word itself is a creation of the human mind. Going by the example of the mango, if there were two people and if the both of them were ready to share the mango then, would they call each other innocent? No way!! Only a 3rd person who wanted to eat the mango by himself could call them innocent; only he could judge them as innocent. Whether it was weakness or strength would be decided by the rest of the world as in this situation it would be the rest of the world who sat in judgement(calling them innocent in the first place). To sum up, “innocence” is just a word, it being good or bad would depend on the person judging.( I hope that made sense!!) Cheers 🙂

    Comment by Vivek Damodar Ranjan — July 1, 2012 @ 22:37 | Reply

    • It made sense but I don’t think I agree with you. Innocence is not like ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Or for that matter ‘right or wrong’. It is a reality. It exists, there is no question of judgment here. It’s like calling an apple red. Whether the apple is good or bad depends on the judgment of the individual that tries it. But red, it is. It’s the same way with innocence.
      I also don’t agree that lack of experience is what causes innocence. I know this 60-something woman who I believe is the most innocent person I have seen. In 60 years she must have seen a lot of the world, but continues to be untouched by its un-innocent ways.

      Comment by Cris — July 10, 2012 @ 03:02 | Reply

      • Cris!! We do agree on the former- That’s exactly what I meant to convey when I said innocence was just a “word”. As for the latter, I cannot comment for I haven’t seen this woman. So for now we agree to disagree!! 🙂

        Comment by Vivek Damodar Ranjan — July 10, 2012 @ 07:24

  3. nashtappedunbol mathram arthamariyan kazhiyunna chila vaakkukalundu
    nishkalangatha pole

    Comment by denny — July 2, 2012 @ 21:27 | Reply

    • athethu vaakanu denny? 🙂

      Comment by Cris — July 10, 2012 @ 03:03 | Reply

      • oru vaakku indayirunnu njanathu marannu poyalle crissse0:)

        Comment by denny — July 10, 2012 @ 15:23

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