"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me."
- 1 Corinthians 13:11, the Holy Bible
Juvenile thought and perception is distinct from adult reasoning because it is laced with innocence, inexperience and inherent simplicity. Childishness as a trait is often characterized by foolishness, stubborness, too much eagerness, simplistic mannerism and expression, and an inability to discern the good from the bad, the fleeting from the permanent, and immaturity.
A child's viewpoint has been the central theme of many classics, like To Kill a Mockingbird and Life of Pi, and the narrative of such works is simple and straightforward. The autobiography of Frederick Douglass has a chapter titled, A Child's Reasoning, in which he details his impressions of his life as a slave.