I've mentioned the Primal concept of play quite a bit recently, and I figured I should clarify what I mean with a comprehensive post.
But Mark! A Definitive Guide
to something that is essentially formless, spontaneous, and boundless? Surely you jest!
Before you scoff, consider the current status of play in our society. Think about where "play" as a concept has been relegated - to the "important but ultimately expendable" category. Roving bands of children out for kicks and innocent thrills who answer only to the streetlights are absent, replaced by Purel-soaked kids being bused to their next "play date." Working men and women accumulate enough stress
for a dozen Groks in the course of a week, putting in overtime and working weekends, only to collapse on the couch in front of the TV once they get home. If they're lucky, they'll get a few hours a week on the treadmill or out in the yard with the kids or the dog. When they finally manage to get it, people enjoy play (it is fun, after all), but - whether it's our Puritan past summoning hidden guilt at the thought of pleasure for pleasure's sake or the consumerist mentality pushing us to work, work, work - there's always "real life" calling and interrupting the fun. Pure play has become more of a luxury nowadays or, even worse, is considered to be "kids' stuff." But when your kids can't even play without checking their schedules first, you know there's a serious problem