A Fresh Challenge

Immaturity is an essential element of health at adolescence. There is only one cure for immaturity and that is the passage of time and the growth into maturity that time may bring.

Immaturity is a precious part of the adolescent scene. In this is contained the most exciting features of creative thought, new and fresh feeling, ideas for living. Society needs to be shaken by the aspirations of those who are not responsible.

Advice to society could be: for the sake of adolescents, and of their immaturity, do not allow them to step up and attain a false maturity by handing over to them responsibility that is not yet theirs, even though they may fight for it.

... we may surely think of the strivings of adolescents to find themselves as the most exciting thing that we can see in life around us. The adolescent's idea of an ideal society is exciting and stimulating, but the point about adolescence is its immaturity and the fact of not being responsible. This, its most sacred element, lasts only a few years, and it is a property that must be lost to each individual as maturity is reached.

Triumph belongs to this attainment of maturity by growth process. Triumph does not belong to the false maturity based on a facile impersonation of an adult. Terrible facts are locked up in this statement.

One of the most exciting things about adolescent boys and girls can be said to be their idealism. They have not yet settled down into disillusionment, and the corollary of this is that they are free to formulate ideal plans.

Let the young alter society and teach grown-ups how to see the world afresh.

[D.W. Winnicott]
Playing and Reality ('Contemporary concepts of adolescent development and their implications for higher education'), p.198, 199, 201, 203

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The modern Western ego feels pride in the strength of the young, mature man. Eastern consciousness proudly shows the old man's wisdom.[...] I am afraid that the old man's wisdom tends to become hardened.

[Hayao Kawai]
Buddhism and the Art of Psychotherapy, p.87

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1 comment:

  1. Immaturity as an essential aspect of the rounded individual, and the rounded society; as a part of the balance. Immaturity reminds us of water, and presents a challenge to our solidity; stops us literalizing our structures.

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