Enlightenment through the Eyes of Babes
likes to see children's faces, eyes, and movements because, from these,
one can find the pure human nature that one yearns for. What, then, is
the world like in the eyes of children and how do they judge things in
An article about some interesting experiments conducted by Mr. Han Lin
and his colleagues at Yale University appeared in the British Nature
Series on November 22. They were experiments with babies of 6-10
months. In all the experiments, the babies were sitting on the parent's
laps, but the parents were required not to reveal any possible reaction
to the presentations.
In the first experiment, Han Lin and his colleagues showed the babies a
person made of wood. They put two big eyes on it and demonstrated that
he was trying to climb up a mountain. He tried to climb up a mountain a
couple of times, so the babies would understand the intent of the
In the second experiment, the babies were shown that the climber
continued to climb and two other persons appeared, one who pushed him
to the peak and another who maliciously pushed him down to the bottom
of the mountain.
After the showing, the babies were encouraged to make a choice between
these two persons. About 80% of babies tried to touch the one who
helped the climber. Researchers said that this was an unequivocal sign
that the babies showed their appreciations for his action.
These experiments have extraordinary significance for the whole world.
What did the babies see? Why did the babies show their appreciation for
the good guy and what did they use to make such a judgment? But this is
indeed the most primitive human moral drive.
Perhaps the innocence of children leads them to see a real world that
is far different from our secular world. In the community of
cultivators, they think that there are two different materials in
another dimension, the white material (merit) and the black material
(bad karma), and they increase or decrease according to human behavior.
Obviously, immoral behavior brings about an increase of bad karma, the
black material, and moral behavior brings about an increase in merit,
the white material.
Studies show that children under six years of age are less contaminated
by human society and can retain their innate innocence, so they often
are able to see things that ordinary people fail to see.
For instance, when children pick toys, the luster and color dictate
their choices of a toy. What helps the children to make a decision
between the halos of merit and black karma?
Next, the researchers let the climber get close to these two people,
the one who helped and the one who hindered, to see how the babies
would react. The experiments showed that when the climber got close to
the one who hindered his effort, the babies showed surprising and
incomprehensible expression. Of course, because when one gets close to
a karma-laden person, one will be contaminated. The babies were
surprised to see that.
Researchers also brought in someone who was in a gray zone. And the
babies were to choose between the bad guy and the person in a gray zone.
Experiments had already shown that the babies chose the good guy when he was compared with the one in the gray zone.
But the babies would choose the one in a gray zone when they had the
choice between him and the bad guy. The scientists try to explain this
finding by designing a wide variety of logic steps that are overly
complicated for the babies. They do not realize that babies use their
wisdom eyes to see things and there is only one principle: whoever
shines brighter or looks better in a different dimension will be their
In the eyes of the babies, the world is such a simple place. Whoever
has greater karma is the bad guy and that is the universal truth.
Nothing can be covered up and everything is obvious to the eyes. Sadly,
after people grow up, they acquire "knowledge," become mature and
complex, and lose that vision. Everything becomes blurry to them
and they are no longer able to tell good from bad, right from wrong.
When moral standards have been distorted, no matter how much evil was
committed people can find excuses to justify their behavior.
Indifferent bystanders and people who are driven by personal gain are
plenty. Compared with these babies who can make the right choice, have
we become more intelligent or more stupid?
Scientists engage in painstaking small infant cognitive tests. If we
take some time and think about it, we find that these little babies who
cannot speak can use their little hands and ruthlessly pull down a
man's fig leaf. Some say that, in front of these babies, modern human
beings should feel ashamed.