Episode 121: The Stigmatization of Play

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
— Richard Lingard, A Letter of Advice to a Young Gentleman Leaving the University Concerning His Behaviour and Conversation in the World
This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
— Alan Watts

As we enter adulthood, we naturally leave behind many of the vestiges of childhood. We outgrow old clothing, our interests evolve and our social circles expand and adapt. But in this process, as adulthood often prepares us to work, we often lose the time and apatite for play. This week, Evan Rasch joins us to discuss the role that playing has in childhood and what it could offer in an adult perspective. Do we close ourselves off to new perspectives and creative problem solving when we abandon play as a lens through which to see the world? Do we limit our own abilities to appreciate the world when we limit play to the youngest members of our culture? At what point do most of us stop playing and what does this signify about our larger beliefs and values?