My daughter informed me that someone threw sand in her eyes today and that’s why she got sick.
She lacks cause and effect correlation at age 2 which is obvious by this story.
I hope age brings about maturity for her in this area, but I’ve heard many adults with poor cause/effect correlation. Growth and adulthood aren’t guarantees for a proper understanding between cause and effect.
What do I mean?
When women say they’re exhausted after chasing a two-year-old around all day… chasing a two-year-old isn’t what makes parenting a two-year-old exhausting, it’s the mental game of constant evaluation, decision-making, and intrinsic awareness of another human being that is exhausting.
When someone doesn’t bundle up when they go outside to get the mail, come down with a cold two days later and blame their two-minute waltz down the driveway for the illness. Sickness comes from viruses or bacteria – not from the cold air.
I think you get the point.
Until we understand cause and effect, we’ll have a hard time fixing something that’s wrong because we will associate the wrong effect with the wrong cause and aim to fix an effect for which we haven’t identified the correct cause.
We need to understand what effect comes from what cause in order to properly and effectively fix it.