I think the best part about working with children is learning to play again
Early in our teens we stop playing. Society has this idea that play, at least improvised play, is only for children, and something we naturally grow out of. The only sort of "play" that is seen as "appropriate" for adults are organized games with set rules, and usually a goal
Anyway, that's BS. Today, I played with marbles. I built a tower out of building blocks. Last week, I drew a picture - not to "create" anything, just to have fun with pencils on paper. One day when I was not actually at work, I went to a playground to climb on a 2-meter-high rock. It was difficult (how did i do this when i was little??) and I was proud of myself when i did it
I can't believe I'm only 19 and have already missed out on this for half my life. And the only way I can accept that is if I promise myself that I'll never stop playing again
"Work" is defined as an activity directed towards a goal
I'd say "play" is the opposite of that - any activity that you do for the sake of the activity itself, without aiming towards a "goal"
We have this idea that work is for adults, play is for kids. As we grow up, we turn everything into a goal-directed activity.
We play a sport to win, or to stay healthy. We draw to create something beautiful. We cook to make food. We climb an obstacle to get to the other side. We read a book to finish it. We watch a movie in the evening to relax, and then are confused when we can't.
Capitalism brainwashes you into thinking that you've grown out of playing. It wants you to think that you can't possibly enjoy an activity for its own sake anymore, so you need an "incentive"
Don't fall for it, and play as often as you can
work and play, but it's getting political i guess
i say "we" turn everything into a goal-directed activity as we grow up, but that's not entirely true either.
*Schools* turn everything into goal-directed activities *for* us. Modern education reforms often have this idea that we should take things children enjoy, and incorporate them into their education. Which would make sense, if our education system wasn't defined by "goals" children have to reach
You're taking something - play - that is very precious to the child, and you're taking it away from them to turn it into work. And then you're telling them that they stopped enjoying those things because they "grew out of it", and not because capitalists need human-machines who have learned how to work towards a goal given to you by an authority
work and play
@ijyx but there's still definitely a difference between work and play for me! I rarely enjoy studying but I still did it for school and uni. Now I have graduated but haven't gotten a job yet so I have a lot of time. I started studying things that I actually want to learn and I've been having fun! Not sure if it still counts as work or play. My goal was to learn the subject, but I had a lot of fun doing it and did it because I wanted to.
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