Naivety – definition, quotes and a poem
According to Wikipedia ‘naïve’ is a French loanword indicating having or showing a lack of experience, understanding or sophistication. In early use, it meant natural or innocent, and did not connote ineptitude.
Extracted from Wikipedia: “.... In the sciences, and technical professions, it is used to refer to a lack of experience with a specific stimulus... and does not carry broader negative connotations about the individual. In computer science a naïve algorithm is one that is correct and simple, but not efficient.”
Naive is my second name. It looks kind of arty – MartieNaiveCoetser. Or perhaps I should adopt it as my first name – NaiveMartieCoetser.
Naivety is the sole reason for all the hard knocks I’ve received in my life. Since the day I was born I was like a child strolling alone in the city without any awareness of danger. I believe in the goodness of all people and all that exists. I trust that Good will always prevail.
And this is why I find myself most of the time in trouble and desperately busy to defend myself.
Can I get rid of this devastating characteristic? NO.
Naivety is not a habit, but a distinguishing feature of one’s personal nature. One is born naïve and will die naïve.
Unfortunately there is only one step between naivety and stupidity.
Some quotes referring to naivety:
- Every true genius is bound to be naïve. ~ Friedrich Schiller.
- I can get away with saying a lot of ideas that are young and naïve. I'm liberated. ~ Neil Young.
- I might have some character traits that some might see as innocence or naïve. That's because I discovered peace and happiness in my soul. And with this knowledge, I also see the beauty of human life. ~ Tobey Maguire.
- I was naïve enough to think that I could make the difference. ~ David Gest.
- I'm too busy acting like I'm not Naïve. I've seen it all, I was here first. ~ Kurt Cobain.
- It is well for the heart to be naïve and the mind not to be. ~ Anatole France.
- It's no good being nice and young and naïve. There's no good in that at all. You've got to do it all yourself, and you've gotta learn quick. And you can't look for sympathy either. ~ Johnny Rotten.
- Once the amateur's naïve approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur. ~ Alfred Eisenstaedt.
- Scientists often have a naïve faith that if only they could discover enough facts about a problem, these facts would somehow arrange themselves in a compelling and true solution. ~ Theodosius Dobzhansky.
- The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. ~ Thomas Szasz.
- To be able to write a play a man must be sensitive, imaginative, naïve, gullible, passionate; he must be something of an imbecile, something of a poet, something of a liar, something of a damn fool. ~ Robert E. Sherwood.
We confess our bad qualities to others out of fear of appearing naïve or ridiculous by not being aware of them. ~ Gerald Brenan,
How can I protect myself against dangers?
I should be afraid of the unknown.
A naïve person is also a courageous person. S/he will dare where no devils will. Therefore the naïve has to learn how to be afraid.
My comprehension of fear: It is merely a negative description for RESPECT – the other side of the coin.
When one regards God inter alia as ‘THE UNKNOWN’, the 'Never To Understand', the 'Never to See', it is not so difficult to fear without feeling like a coward.
Fear then becomes easier for stubborn Christians when they ponder over Proverbs 1:7 - The fear (respect) of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Baby picks up the scorpion
Not knowing it is alive
Tasting it eagerly
to get stung vengefully.
Child believes implicitly -
trusting the tooth-mouse,
Father Christmas and Jesus –
To be disappointed endlessly.
Adolescent so arrogant
Believes bad struck only others
His lien on wisdom
is thin air on a cloud.
Naive dare where no devils will
to find what she thinks
she needs to survive ‘till
Death finds her.
Does God have a word about this?
What about -
Matthew 18:3 – “Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”