Okay - done with my days work and want to chime in here.
Yes - babies are born with a sense of morality. Newborns in a maternity ward will start to cry when they hear other babies cry. It's a social
reflex. Somethings wrong! and the neighbor babies say 'somethings wrong!!'
There have been numerous experiments and hundreds of studies done to find out what babies know, how their brains developed, what effect prenatal and
postnatal circumstances have on them....
but universally, toddlers (18-24 months) have empathy for others who are in obvious distress. NO RELIGION REQUIRED.
It is an innate thing. I believe they also have, for that brief few years after physical birth, memories of their previous existence.....some of them
latch on and talk about it, but most of them simply adapt to the new world.
Reincarnation is real. Babies are born with vastly unique temperaments, dispositions, talents, interests, etc.
I worked for a while as a newborn photographer in the county hospital (lower income and undocumented women delivering babies)....and every one of
those hundreds of babies had a "personality".
Some cried all the time, the slightest touch felt like torture to them. Others cooed and laughed. Some resented loud noises, others slept through
disruptive sounds, lights, touches, etc.
My own two children had vastly different temperaments. They are both wise beyond their "years" here on Earth - in different ways - and I have spoken
at many professional conferences (even national level conferences!) about brain development, family structure, best-practice parenting, Family
Systems, and "Children & Families" was my chosen specialty in grad school. That led to case management and clinical counseling.
Anyway - good thread. Hope it gets some traction with the higher thinkers around here.