Well I do object to the phrase "Childhood is a praradise for a grownup individual" coz it may be the contrary and be the burning hell of human torture. Nothing is determined by our own experience but it is all about others through which we can gather a whole frame out to the definition of childhood.
I think childhood is the foundation of what was planted in us by parents in the first case and the surrounding including external factors. If the seed reveived enough water, air and sun then it will give its best plant and fruit whereas if been deprived of love, care and the appropriate climate the result is disasterous.
Childhood is not only about us ... it is mainly a chance for parents to prove they are smart or idiots.
"Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never."
Hi, Libra, thank you for your response to this topic. I do agree that childhood may not be sweet for all, and it may turn out to be the hell for some. But I believe for most of people who live in a civilized and war-free society, childhood is usually happy when people look back on it.
I also agree that parents may exert the biggest influence on the growth of children, which may prove them to be smart or idiots. It is true. Sometimes I have to tell myself that parents are not completely independent of the influences of the historical epoch and their living environment. They may not be able to do anything. An older individual argues against his resentment for his parents by indicating to himself that parents could not do anything for him, only because they could doing nothing for themselves either. If they were not there for their kids, it is only because they were not there for themselves either.
Therefore, to live a happy life, one should learn to be content and forgiving while creating happiness on one's own and in cooperation with others.