The state of “innocence" can also be described through the Sanskrit word maugdhya, which means, “assuming the position of not knowing things although everything is known.”
I generally appreciate the way the Sanskrit language describes states of being far more than the English language does because there is an acknowledgement of subtle awareness, innate wisdom, and the potential of non-dual consciousness in the definitions.
Reflecting on this meaning, of innocence within the context of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quote, reminds me to revel in the joy that can be experienced in absolute surrender to being a part of ALL that IS. It’s a state-of-being and a state-of-knowing that embraces the richness and wonders of life. Dare to LIVE.