In Reich's early work, his knowledge of children came about as a reflection of his work with adults. But his basic interest in preventing disease led him further to focus on the newborn, to study "the unspoiled protoplasm."
Why do we as humans, the most intelligent of all animals, fail to realize what every dog, or whale, or mouse spontaneously senses - that he is part of nature. Why are we estranged from ourselves, from life? What is wrong with us, with our way of rearing our children?
Reich asked these questions. His studies are more than of passing interest. In a world where nations are preparing to obliterate one another and the planet itself in order to assert their various ideological points of view, it is imperative for us to consider everything that helps us understand how we got into this terrifying position.