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Friday 16 March 2007

Maturity, do you feel your age? [shedir]

My wife is forty this year, I'll be 39.
Was watching something about victorian times, at my age a man was that. A man. Fully grown, mature and respected by the community at large (if he was a professional I guess).
I still feel like a kid a lot of the time, hardship brings maturity. We have life so easy now is that being lost along the way? Men feeling despair at a sporting event, women collapsing because some woman they don't know died in a car crash. It's all bizarre behaviour.
When I was growing up my dad felt like a proper authoritarian father figure, I seem to be more of a buddy to my kids. Playing games with them and watching a lot of their shows with em and enjoying it! No sunday with the papers for me it's out with the consoles.
I dunno if it's a good or a bad thing, are we turning into a nation of peter pans?

1 comment:

  1. I think you've hit on something really. I think our psychology has evolved to basically deal with a given amount of drama in your life and if that drama doesn't exist, as it frequently doesn't for most of us in the modern age, then you kind of manufacture it out of thin air.
    That said I think the other thing you're talking about is more of a sign of the times. Back 'in the day', society had a strong moral backbone of responsibilities. Your Dad was responsible for the household and by that anything that anyone did within it. Education was a whole authoritarian culture, designed to squeeze people into the acceptible norms.
    Is it worse than today? In many respects yes, needless authoritarianism wasn't big or healthy for anyone. However we seem to have sailed past that point, some might argue. In our quest for liberal values, there's little in the way of a moral backbone left to society and very frequently the obvious cannot be said or done and lunacy exhibits regularly by unlikely do-gooers.
    I think being a buddy to your kids is great. So long as it ends when they're stoning the neighbours windows :-)