‘FREEDOM’—Chapter 8 The Greatest, Most Heroic Story Ever Told
Chapter 8:4 CHILDHOOD
The genus: Australopithecus — 3.9 to 1.2 million years ago
The individual now: 4 to 11 years old
As stated, childhood is the stage when consciousness begins to experiment in self-adjustment and manage events to its own chosen ends. It comprises three phases—‘Early Happy, Innocent Childhood’, ‘Middle Demonstrative Childhood’, and ‘Late Naughty Childhood’—with each stage involving a greater degree of experimentation in conscious self-management, from ‘playing’ with the power of free will in early childhood, to demonstrating the power of free will in mid-childhood, through to beginning to challenge the instincts for the right to manage events in late childhood.