The innocence of old age

June 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

We read in Arcana Celestia, 5608.9:

As regards the innocence present in young children, this is solely external, not internal; and because it is not internal it cannot be linked to any wisdom and exist together with it. But the innocence in angels, especially in those of the third heaven, is internal, and so exists joined to wisdom, 2305, 2306, 3494, 4563, 4797. Furthermore the human being has been created in such a way that when he grows old and becomes like a young child, the innocence of wisdom links itself to the innocence of ignorance that had been his when he was a young child, and in this condition, as a true young child, he passes over into the next life.

Perhaps the reason reason that the innocence of wisdom and the innocence of ignorance can only be conjoined in old age, is that only in old age have you lived long enough to learn a few important truths. For example:

  • As you age you begin to see that life is complex. You begin to realize that you don’t see the whole picture, that your solutions only cover some of the issues. You learn to pray that the unintended consequences of your solutions are relatively harmless.
  • As you age, if you are willing, you begin to that Lord’s wisdom in much higher than yours, that He brings out good where you would not imagine.

So as you age, you come into the innocence of wisdom because you acknowledge the Lord’s wisdom and your own ignorance. This allows the Lord to conjoin His innocence of wisdom in you with your innocence of ignorance.

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