It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be. Anatole France
It is better to be experienced and still give people the benefit of doubt, than to be naïve and not know any better. Randall Burkhalter
Most of us remember when we were especially naïve about the world, people, relationships, justice, goodness and life in general. Some equate naiveté with ignorance, gullibility or even simple-mindedness. Perhaps there is some truth to this. Innocence goes along with being naïve. The naïve tend to expect the best, trust others, and have less doubt, fear, and worry. What does this say about us and our world?
The world in which we live is the result of what all of us members make it. In some ways it is only as strong or as weak, as good or bad, as compassionate or jaded, as we all make it to be. The adage that it only takes one negative to negate ten positives sheds light on the situation. As a society we are weakened and brought down by the unscrupulous, immoral, corrupt and unprincipled lives and actions of others. Laws, rules, regulations, all kinds of restrictions, and even loss of freedoms are the end result of the undesirable actions of the few.
We should be reminded of the innocence and trust of our childhood and especially the trusting nature of our children. Some of us are more untrusting, jaded and pessimistic than others. Many of our outlooks are a result of how we have lived, what we have seen and experienced. Can it be said, that the world is not as good a place as it once was, or has it always been the same, but we are just now realizing how it really is?
The concepts of live and let live, staying in the background, being uninvolved and leaving being involved to others are some of the reasons why we are where we are today. If we are uninvolved, perhaps we are naïve and very unwise because we are allowing those who are not as principled, moral and scrupulous; those short on integrity and character, to “watch the hen house”.
If things are not as they should be, then those who know how it should be; are those who should be more involved. This responsibility falls on all of us. In the end we get what we pay for. Not knowing any better is one thing, knowing better and not doing anything to improve things is another. The adage that ignorance is no excuse could be modified to saying that being uninvolved and ignorant is no excuse.
Challenge: Many things in life require ongoing maintenance to keep them as they should be. Your health and overall well-being requires your attention and involvement in order to stay healthy and vibrant. Your home, auto, finances and a long list of such things requires ongoing monitoring and attention. Your society and your world should not be left to the mercy or those who do not have the same high standards as you do.
Wisdom: The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. Thomas S. Szasz
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Ps 32:8
Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. Proverbs 16:8
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Many understand that a life without God is ultimately doomed to failure. Our world and society is increasingly rejecting God and his influence. A world without God is headed toward ultimate doom. We should be good witnesses and examples of a better way. We should allow his love to shine through us. We do not have to be irresponsibly naïve; we can be wise, loving, and giving at the same time. We cannot do this without Him.
Prayer: Help me to have understanding and wisdom. Help me to be a better witness and example.