Peal or plateau, what’s your style?
Peak or Plateau? What’s your style? Life as a series of peaks with the inevitable troughs or the safer steady footing of a plateau? I’d like to break the boundaries of nature and dodge those troughs. To love without falling away from love, to be absorbed without becoming bored or burnt out, to be enthusiastic without becoming blasé, to get your GED without drama. But if I have to take the troughs I will. I certainly don’t want those bland plateaus.
- Need it be our lot to fall victim to ennui?
- Should we settle for satisfactory?
- Does every Likert scale we complete inside our own heads register a 3 out of 5?
- Is adulthood about loss of the enthusiasm and excitement and play of childhood?
- Why do we calculate risk-benefit ratios before getting off the pot?
Should all adults be required to watch children for an hour a two a month? Sit and in silence observe the play without guile, the absorption and enthusiasm, the concentration, their innate democracy and fairness when in groups, the older looking out for the younger, the peals of excitement. Even the drama of the short-lived crying or tears.
The expression of such qualities in an adult is often viewed negatively by other adults. Lack of guile may be treated as naiveté, openness in communication as a lack of political skills, expressions of excitement and enthusiasm or disappointment as immaturity.