Is that what makes us different? Our desire to hide our raw and true self? Our mechanisms to build walls - skyscrapers even - to keep pain out? We have lost a special knowing along the way. Children recognize the limitless world of abundance, love and joy we all share together on our journeys.
Doesn't sound to me like we are any better prepared, equipped or ready to handle pain than children. Maybe, I would surmise, we are even less protected and prepared.
Note to self: treat all beings as I would a dear, beautiful child or baby. With delicate care and unconditional love. This includes ourselves.