With the Apollo Theatre contest up, I thought it might be fun and interesting if we were to share our answers. I'm sure there are some people who would rather keep their responses private...and that's certainly understandable, but I figured I'd start a thread for those interested in sharing.
For me the U2 song that most captures the themes of innocence and experience is Original Of The Species. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was released just a few short months after I became a father for the first time, so this may very well be the song that resonated with me upon first listening more than any other - U2 or otherwise.
Both then, and now, Original Of The Species resonates with both innocence and experience in a number of ways. The song itself is a message from a father, or father figure, to a baby/young child, from a place of experience imploring the child to maintain an innocence in her life. In some ways, it is a prayer that the child maintain this innocence...and this is a prayer that I shared for my daughter back then - and that I still share for her and her younger sister today.
I also can't help to think of the ways I was going into parenthood wide-eyed back in the fall of 2004, compared to the more experienced parent I am now. As I've found so many times in life - I had so much more to learn than I realized (I suppose that's a theme from another song from the same album though).
Simply put - Original of the Species is a song that has provided a level of wisdom that I hope I have put front and center into my parenting ever since. I want my children, and for that matter myself, to learn from experience as we go through life, but to never stop maintaining an important level of innocence - so as to never become too hardened by the world in which we live.
So that's me! ? . Anyone else care to share?