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Chapter 42: Inklings of Eternity: On the Human Capacity to Play
Inklings of Eternity: On the Human Capacity to Play
Everything has been figured out except how to live.
Kid Stuff and God's Play
The gift of immaturity itself, which has enabled us to retain, in our best, most human moments the capacity to play. (Campbell, cited in Hyers, 1973, pp. 169–170)
“Once upon a time …” childhood and play. Like a daffodil's first push through the early spring earth, I remember running out the screen door of the large white farmhouse into a world full of playmates. I played with an undivided mind, intent on play's demands and pleasures, reconciled to its hardships, not complaining, never believing that I might be doing something better, ...