Second-class Human Beings

When kids make mistakes, even a mistake as simple as being annoying around the wrong person, they are either yelled out, cursed, slapped, spanked, or caged (often a mix of several such reactions) by their parents. In other words, they are treated as second-class human beings, undeserving of unconditional love and respect by regular human beings.

And yet, through it all, kids come back, again and again, to those that disrespect them like it never happened. They are so quick to forgive and forget. If I was yelled at, cursed, slapped, spanked, or caged for making a mistake toward another adult, I would probably disassociate and have nothing ever to do with that adult for the rest of my life. Adults expect respect from other adults, and when they don't get it, they go their separate ways.

But children, it's not 20 minutes before they're wanting to jump and play and giggle with the one who was just violent with them. It's like it never happened. Considering this, it's quite the sobering task to contemplate the following:

"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."

"Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

"Little children are holy, being sanctified through the atonement of Jesus Christ."

And finally:

"Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Adults war with one another, defraud, assault, rape, and murder each other, and lie, cheat, and steal. Constantly. The world is full of these depredations committed by adults. Children don't do any of these things. They are literally "holy" and unless we become as "little children", we are destined to suffer. Despite our poor actions toward our children, they forgive and forget. It takes years to completely destroy their disposition to be good, kind, loving, and forgiving toward others. We adults do that. Their future sins are on our heads.

Who again are second-class human beings?