PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
sunblock
 
Comments: 91
Article views: 712
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all sunblock's badges.
 

A big round yellow Sun with a smiley face

04 February 2013, 07:07
As children, our earliest mental processing involves seeing the way in a very simple manner.   We essential project our inner world onto the outer world, and see both as one and the same. 

As such our interpretations are animistic, which is to say, because we are alive, so is everything else.  The sun, clouds, trees, flowers, a house.  At the same time, the psychology of the child sees things as artificialist, which is to say that everything is there for a reason, and the reason tends to be for the amusement, entertainment, interest or use of the child.  Both of these psychologies are necessarily narcissistic - because of course a world in which everything is alive (benignly so), and at our service, makes for a Disneyland sort of paradise.

At the most basic level of course, the sun has a face. And a happy one.  In the same way that we project our inner lives onto the world, so too did primitive people, and so too, do some modern people today. 

On the website sciencemusings.com the author writes:
A child puts a smiley face on the Sun because it is reassuring to imagine a friendly Sun who follows her about the yard. It requires rather more daring to accept a Sun that is a vast, distant sphere of fire, inanimate and indifferent.

It is only marginally more sophisticated than the psychology of a child to believe that the sun itself is God, or that a chariot draws the sun across the sky (the chariot driver being God) etc etc. 

Many people grow up to realise that there is a reality independent to our minds and our inner narratives.  This is especially evident when we travel, or move beyond our usual experience, either culturally, socially or otherwise.

Sciencemusings.com goes on to suggest that the best way to know of the independent world outside of ourselves (and the way not to corrupt that perception) is through science. 

Science makes three assumptions about the world:

  1. There is a reality that exists independently of our own minds.
  2. Things happen according to natural laws, not at the whim of a conscious agency.
  3. Nature's laws can be known with an ever greater degree of confidence.

In the end, the yellow smiley sun is a small step for a child.  But to become a grown up, a child realises that certain things really are alive, and some things, though they may move and transform, are not.  It is because these beliefs (in animism and artificialism) are innate, that we feel drawn to believe in the idea of a maker of everything, a purpose, a presence beyond ourselves.  But if we are able to individuate, to find ourselves, discover ourselves and our identities, we see the world the way it is.  Those who cannot, are those who fail to step out of the child.  They fail because they lack courage.  Their steps into the world remain not only small, but lost in their own silly fictions. 


Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
91 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Francois Roux
Submitted by
czoe
Who is the guilty "party" in Parl...

The EFF and DA have raised critical matters that have broken Parliamentary etiquette and responsibility, with the voices howling at the President and Madam Speaker.  Read more...

6 comments 250 views
Submitted by
Thulane Che Trosky
The R 6 million Zuma spent.

When making ludicrous decisions neither the ruling party nor any individual seem to really worry of how they are exploiting and misusing state and or taxpayers money. Read more...

9 comments 1181 views
Submitted by
Thulane Che Trosky
The PWD and the billions

The Minister of Public Works in the National Assembly tabled a report that the Department which he manages, cannot account for an approximate R 35.9 billion. Read more...

9 comments 583 views
Submitted by
Adv Sphamandla Blose
Our heritage, our culture

Celebrating the importance of the Heritage month, Xhosa traditional clothing is one of the most recognised attire that symbolises the rich culture which brings its own vibrancy to our diversity. Read more...

13 comments 570 views
Submitted by
Vulcan Trekkie
What makes you African? Tackling ...

So what makes you African? Is it the colour of your skin? Is it the continent you where born on? Is it your culture, your language or something else? Read more...

30 comments 580 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.