Arrested development

Suffering the Curse of Arrested Development

There are few things more obvious on this planet than arrested development. With a little light-hearted public observation we can see that many people live in a rut of arrested development.

It is natural for children to need tending. Their curiosity leads them around and in their wake comes mom or dad picking up after them. There appears to be a very large segment of our population still stuck in infancy –  being led around not by curiosity, but by appetites, insecurity and emptiness and leaving a mess in their wake.

These children have jobs, drive cars, and pay taxes. They like to believe they are mature adults, but simple observation reveals the arrested development – a lack of capacity for emotional depth, a lack of awareness on what is going on around them, a lack of consideration for others, a sense of entitlement, and a constant mess for others to pick up.

It’s not unusual for them to react like two-year olds if this is pointed out to them.

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.

Experience is not a matter of having actually swum the Hellespont, or danced with the dervishes, or slept in a doss-house. It is a matter of sensibility and intuition, of seeing and hearing the significant things, of paying attention at the right moments, of understanding and coordinating. Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. (attribution lost)

“Religion is for people who have not yet had a spiritual experience.” Aldous Huxley

Artist: Maria William