(Continued from Part 1)
Imagine you're a "pre-incarnated" spirit desiring a human experience, and you get to choose the environment you'll be born into: culture, class, parents, gender, body condition, etc. What kind of life would you be attracted to?
It'd be a bit like deciding what kind of movie to see. You might feel like taking in a light comedy, or perhaps you feel like getting swept up in a scary adventure! Either way, you know it's "just a movie." And even though you want the movie to be so engaging that you forget you're in a theater, you trust that when the lights come back on you'll be yourself again — safe and sound.
Of course, no child would ever choose suffering, but can you see how, from your broader spiritual perspective, you might want the intense contrast that gives rise to strong desires?
For example, your passion for respectful parenting probably exists because you experienced (or witnessed) a lot of disrespectful parenting when you were a child. So you might say it served a purpose, in the Big Picture.
Does that justify a child's suffering? From the child's human perspective, absolutely not! But perhaps it serves a purpose that the child's "Higher Self" understands and appreciates.
However, when you feel inspired to relieve a child's suffering, don't hesitate to act! You can be sure the child attracted your help.