Monday thought of the week: against the child’s instinct

A thought:

… the risk-averse society, denying hazard and what is hazardous alike, is not only annoying but conceptually malevolent. It works against the child’s instinct to find a working relationship with chance and risk—otherwise their adventures cannot even begin, and they will remain infantilized, stuck forever safe indoors in the house “hard by the great forest” (as many folk tales begin), with no chance of setting out on the quest through it.

– Jay Griffiths, “The Politics of Play,” Orion Magazine (March/April 2013)

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