Little kids = early acid trips (idea)
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|In The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley talks about the mind as a set of filters. The automatic (unconscious) discarding of information that has no bearing on the immediate survival of the individual is a pro-survival trait, and an important one.|
The extended period of immaturity characteristic of humans allows us the luxury of delaying the development of such filtration mechanisms.
This may be one instance where "taking a good hard look at reality" may be both true and ill-advised. There may be others.