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Thank Goddess it's Freya's Day!

I just read an article about recent research indicating that the altruistic impulse emerges as early as 18 months. As the hopelessly smitten godmother of a beautiful toddler, I could have told them that. Since before she turned one, she has been in the habit of giving us her bottles, her "babies" and anything else nice that makes her happy, and in her sweet little mind, would obviously make us happy too. She's kind to her doggies, she laughs and smiles at everything, she trustingly lifts her arms to us to be picked up.

Maybe the world makes people hard and ugly later on, but I know, as plain truth, that at least some people are born good.

Why am I so sunny and optimistic today? Shame on you! You should be asking why so often I am not.

The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful, and so are you.

Possibly good news to be reported soon!

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fenriss
Mar. 3rd, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, I got long winded. Sorry!

Not at all! Excellent thoughts.

I agree that meanness is probably a learned behavior. Sure, fear and anger are innate, but cruelty is not necessarily the immediate response to these feelings. I personally can count on one hand the times I've behaved in a truly cruel manner, and I know plenty of other people who are the same (I'm not claiming to be special, here :) I think a lot of people would say that they tend to be cruel, but if you asked them to cite examples, it would turn out that they really aren't.

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