Augustine's Crybabies

Augustine's Crybabies - End of Innocence The innocence of a...

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End of Innocence The innocence of a baby is rarely questioned, of course there are wants and needs encrypted in a cry, but never is there a questioning of the baby’s reasoning behind crying . However cries serve the purpose of gaining attention so their needs are tended to rather than taking away attention . In Saint Augustine’s account of his own experience of converting to Christianity in Confessions , Augustine explains the ulterior motives invested in a baby’s cry that he examined . The need for food or the desire for attention is a requirement by a baby, not an attempt to take away from those around or their Creator . Augustine proclaims a baby as being an attention hungry human and their cries as red flags of their jealousy . Augustine himself has witnessed jealousy in a baby “ I have myself seen jealousy in a baby and know what it means . He was not old enough to talk, but whenever he saw his foster-brother at the breast, he would grow pale with envy” (St . Augustine 28)
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course LIFE 123 taught by Professor Vossroberts during the Spring '08 term at Rhodes.

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Augustine's Crybabies - End of Innocence The innocence of a...

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