The Return to InnocenceWorld. . . . culture. . . . . self. Life in the world is out of whack. . . koyannisqatsi is the Hopi word for "life out of balance. " Cultures, various though they are, show some particular ways of being out of balance. American culture has no innocence, no gentility, no more blushing. Christian culture probably too closely shows that as well, huge churches, big social clubs, nothingpersonal any more, though there are surely exceptions. The self, the person, personal life, as it relates to the other two. . . . shows scars, wounds, parts forever lacking because of the imprint of the world, and culture. To love, to feel deep emotion, to be innocent, unassuming, child-like in things. Not to do, say, or act for an intended effect, but just 'to be. ' Aggression, machismo, calculated deception, are far away when the self returns to innocence. The return to innocence is a return to thatpure self, the one without baggage, expectation, greed, prejudices. . . . it is the self that merely 'is' and nothing more. Christ in the life, soul, and heart, is the return to innocence after we have lost it. . . . it is the second life, the new beginning, the new creature. This is the radical change. . . . . the restoration of human life to the original state, pure, clean, wholesome, innocent. Those moments when we can be at peace and harmony and glimpse the great beyond, the bigger meaning of life and existence and wonder why we can't feel those moments all the time, forever. . . . . we can. The return to innocence in the lives and ways of two people trying to meet each other and form a Godly union, or friendship, or Christian support, depends alot on where the two people are in their searching, finding, and living the return to innocence. To sustain innocent, free, and spontaneous love and laughter for a lifetime, with as much joy at the last moment asfrom the first. To burst with laughter often, and seek laughter and play at every moment wherein it can be had. To nurture close-by, or too conquer afar, if for the sake of the family, but never for the sake of merely the man. Whatever happened to those men that opened doors for a woman? What ever happened to those men that stood up when a woman entered a room? That give flowers for no reason? That take sheer delight in acting like a refined gentleman? That take their wives coffee in bed?That, instead of trying to look cool. But only to accommodate the feminine sensitivities, and delights, that he saw before him in anopen, delightful, manly, and innocent way. Why is this out of style?What happened to a man who would die in the worst way to prevent his wife or children from even having to suffer? Men who think that it is only worthy to be a good man, and that this is far more valuable than wealth, power, fame, or to be Rambo. What happened to men who are highly educated, refined, that write poetry, compose music, read philosophy, theology, history, and can immediately appreciate the style of architecture of a fabulous mansion? Men that immediately know what country their favorite tea, wine, and coffee come from? Men that appreciate cultivated conversation, read the Bible in Greek, and have wide ranging opinions and preferences for a great many things. Men that are well turned out in dress, but never stand out. Men that do all this and go out to plow the field and raise crops for his family, drive a tractor, work on cars. . . . . and take equal joy and interest in all of these without concern for who is watching. . . . . . ?Innocence. . . . even the word has lost it's innocence. The great mystery is still before us. . . . the mystery of the world, culture, or even the uncertainty in our own lives. Why even try to pretend that we know, that we have some edge, advantage. . . or. . . . worse yet, can control it? Only fools. . . rich or poor, are take with such delusions. The return to innocence is a mere glance to that beyond in a way that is better for leaving it be. We can't change the world too much, but maybe some. We can look carefully at life in the larger sense and find the best place to fit in, to makea difference based on gifts and passion, to see how best our life can fit into the larger scheme of things. But thankfully. . . . our search for the innocence is close by, in hand, in heart, in soul. Christ has done the work so we need not wonder how best to do that. We are left to seek the return in the way we live our lives. What a joy to be able to do that. Return to innocence. . . . . return to yourself. Find yourself. . . . .