The power of childhood


It took me a while to break free, trust myself, use my own understanding and to accept personal responsibility. It was a wise investment. Once I had “un-conditioned” myself, I realized that the comfort zones of the past weren’t so comfortable at all. They were a mere illusion.

Heteronomy is nothing to look forward to.

“Become such as you are, having learned what that is.”
(Pindar, poet)

I found the return to my childhood to be very positive and exciting, as I discovered that childlike curiosity would be a very useful asset for grown-ups as well.

No wonder Joseph Heller wanted to be a little boy once he grew up.

“It takes a long time to grow young.”
(Pablo Picasso, painter)

“There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected
questions of a child than the discourses of men.”
(John Locke, philosopher and physician)

As children we tend to be more radical and unbiased than grown-ups, because we have fewer or no habits to break. We have not been conditioned yet. Since there is nothing to change, we simply try something different and new. In retrospect, some of the supposedly dumb things we did as children, weren’t dumb at all. We were keen to experiment, to create. We tried to find stuff that worked and stuff that didn’t.

“Every child is in a way a genius; and
every genius is in a way a child.”
(Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher)

When does life stop being fun and start being scary?

In growing up, we develop these sticky habits that often make us complacent and unwilling to change. We become predictable and organized, making it easy for bureaucracies to categorize and control us.

“A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has
the right not only to be right but also to be wrong.”
(Thomas Szasz, psychiatrist)

Do we insist upon the latter?


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