Birth: From a Life of Peace and Predictability to a Life of Challenge and Change
There is a debate about when life begins. I believe that at some point in the womb, the growing fetus becomes conscious of its surroundings: the warmth, the safety, the peace, the predictability. At the moment of birth, however, the infant enters an environment that is hostile; it is cold, loud, intense, and bright. The excruciating journey from the security of the mother’s womb is full of struggle and pain. Arriving naked and confused, this new setting is harsh and demanding in comparison. The pain of birth instantly creates dissonance between one’s current environment and past peace. The arrival begins with the need for food and reassuring touch. Pain leads to tears, and crying leads to relief. To exist, strong instinctive survival behaviors take over to ensure safety and security. Initial peace at this level is equated to the attainment of food and touch, as well as the avoidance of pain. It is soon learned that tears and noise influence the surroundings. Control of the hostile environment has begun.
Speech is the most significant development in the pursuit of environmental mastery.
Originally posted on September 15, 2011 on www.childofvirtue.blogspot.com