Come play with me. This talk is an inquiry into play and why its missing from our serious adult world. Where did our loss of play being. I suggest, along with many studies, that it began for the generation in charge, the adults in charge, with their upbringing on TV, passive TV consumption where the child’s brain development was interrupted by TV which replace the brain creation of its capacity of imagination with TV images, and couple that with toys that require no imagination. The toy does everything for the child. Instead of a empty spool for a car, you have a fully detailed car with nothing left to imagination. Our modern consumer institutional society has been hell bent on destroy the brain development of our children.
The first assault in hospital birth where the hospital intervenes between the natural bonding of mother and child and puts the child in a basked alone. Then comes TV and toys, and follow that with institutional education where the institutions needs trump the child’s developmental needs. The result, a population of serious adults who can’t play…and they are angry.
Have you notice that when you are playing, even anger is play. Successful marriages know this: they fight but the fighting is play. No one shoots anyone. When we can’t play, we grow stiff and die, frozen in our known world, unable to grow…and growth happens through play.
Play is fun. Why is that? Play turns reality into play dough. You can create worlds in play, and then if the world you create looks like one you want to live in, why you just create that world our of your play dough. That is called a Business. You create a business from playing with an idea, and then deciding you want to live in the play world you have created. All the great corporations began with someone playing with an idea.
When we play with the world, we are co-creators in the world, not passive victims, not the created who have no say in the world they live in. These are two paradigm: one is a world in which you have no say. The other is a world in which you, like a painter, creates a world in which. you live and which then creates you in ways you had not imagined.