From Faith Middleton: How do we "curate" our own personalities—ditching self absorbed childish behaviors, yet maintaining a child-like sense of wonder about the world? Bruce Clements and I explore this human conundrum.
Questions to consider:
- What are childlike qualities to admire and deplore? (Curiosity vs. Lord of the Flies)
- What do adults mean when they demand, "Stop acting like a child?"
- Is it vulnerability that last a lifetime, through childhood and adulthood? What happens in childhood to keep us from revealing vulnerability later in life?
- Is injury one of the key ways we revert to childlike behavior?
- Why was Lily Tomlin so funny playing a child as a grownup?
- What made Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse a thing adults and children wanted to watch on TV?
- As long as your parents are alive, will you always be seen as a child? 8. Can you discuss childlike ways in adults without discussing power?
- Bruce Clements - longtime contributor and author
- “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
- “Life in Technicolor,” Coldplay
- “Where It’s At,” Beck
- “Telephone and Rubber Band,” Penguin Cafe Orchestra