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Opinion: Mindful Spontaneity

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Climbing the ladder of age discourages spontaneity. Maturity is often expressed as taking seriously shallow subjects and events; pretending one understands what one does not; sowing envy to cultivate unnecessary suffering where inspiration would be the more productive; punishing genuineness with insecurities because we see plots against us where none exists and we must have what others have, even when we have no need, use or want of it––without suffering any of the conditions they have endured to achieve it. All in all, that which we termed a matured person, today, is often one who is very frightened of her own shadow and for whom life is a tedious pretension of hiding confusion and fear. The matured persons of today deem it necessary to hide uncertainty and ignorance behind intelligent facades because the worst thing there is, is to appear a fool or to be seen or taken for an idiot. Thus many grown-ups do not sleep very well. But as I spend more time with children, as a teacher, I a…