« Innocence is the best defense of the child. » (Lao She 1899-1966). Maybe, but instead the girl I’d be careful….
Is the child really innocent? According to Aristotle, childhood is unable to distinguish right from wrong, so irresponsible for his actions. According to Saint Thomas Aquinas childhood is open to God as much as Devil
We would be innocent as we are not aware of the evil that we can do. Childish purity is the myth of the Garden of Eden, the favorite mythic noble savage of Rousseau. But then, from what age a child could acquire a moral conscience? When he met the big bad wolf ?
Sartre declared with existentialists that existence comes before being. .The question of whether innocence also comes before being remains unanswered …