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Friday, June 30, 2006
Children --will-- play.
I recall hearing the phrase "children will play" used as a "dismissive" when I was a young man - that is, it was used to dismiss my behavior which was inappropriate for my age at the time.

The fellow who dismissed me thus lacked the authority to correct me, and had he tried he would have failed, as I was more than a little rebellious at the time. So this fellow opted to psychologically manipulate my behavior - that is, to shame me into acting more mature.

Psychological manipulation has been around since anyone can remember and finds its root and core strength in our own pride. We want others to recognize us as being everything that we consider ourselves to be, and when they don't we are offended by them for failing to see what we imagine is so patently obvious to everyone else. Some go so far as to secretly despise anyone who doesn't share their own opinion of themselves.

If someone suggests that something we do is childish, our ego wants to rise to that challenge by either justifying our behavior before them as being "justifiably childish," or perhaps our ego will argue that what seems to be childish is in fact decidedly not childish, but merely a misunderstood but entirely mature response which the other person apparently isn't sophisticated enough to recognize. Alternately our ego may have us "cave in" - sensing that the most horrible thing in the world would be for someone else to regard us as childish, so motivated by a desire to keep our reputation top flight - we edit our behavior, that is, we allow ourselves to be socially programmed by another, just so that their praise might rest on us rather than their derision.

Truly, our ego/pride demands that we be admired in proportion to our imagined worth - and when anyone fails to worship us, we are inclined to hate them.

But enough psychology, the adage, "Children will play" also happens to be "true." Children do play, and we ought to expect it from them. We typically say it another way - "A tree is known by its fruit."

I bring it up today, not to sift out the chaff, but to remind the wheat that God is in control, and as such, they need not be discouraged when the children are at play.
posted by Daniel @ 9:25 AM  
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