Of course, I accept the promise of a new life, the joy for the parents, the innocence, the maternal instincts they engender.
But strictly from an aesthetic viewpoint, are babies beautiful? It seems almost universally accepted that they are. I am looked on in disbelief if I try to suggest otherwise: a blasphemer or heretic. Yet they seemed bloated, misshapen, gargoyle-like to me. Am I the only one who sees them this way?
I’m no Herod: I don’t dislike babies or children. As is often the case, on so many subjects, I find my thinking is wildly different from those around me. It interests me to explore why that is. If you can put aside the cooing, are you able to explain to me what is visually pleasing about a baby, please?