Is being carefree a special good of childhood? Is it something that confers meaning on the life of a child, without doing the same for adults? Or do adults need to be more carefree, and so be more like children, in order for their lives to go well?
Maturity is a strange concept. When we are mature, we don’t feel it within ourselves – yet those younger than us most certainly do.
In this edition of “Conversations from the Playground”, a panel of Poland’s youngest (and finest) intelligentsia are asked about what it means to be mature.
The transition from child to adult is important within many cultures, yet in urbanized societies, we seem to have abandoned the rituals around entering adulthood.
Reaching the age of 40 is a milestone for many, but what sort of milestone? Is it a step into carefree maturity? Or the last throes of youth?
Older generations may mock and patronize the youth, yet it is the younger generations’ new ethics of gentleness that we could all learn from.