Play is the Work of Children

Children_selling_lemonade_to_an_adult_in_La_Canada,_California,_1960Play occupies life before work does, and is in ways a primer for work. As cleverly observed by philosopher Alain de Botton, children gravitate toward characters who are “shopkeepers, builders, cooks or farmers – people whose labor can easily be linked to the visible betterment of human life.” In this way, children’s books help facilitate the conversion of playfulness into industry that can be observed and practically measured. As the prospective roles of adulthood come into sharper focus, the ideals of young people often hover over work that is expressive, and which results in a visible and admirable outcome. Most young people are eager for admiration, and being admired is a key source of compensation for working in the first place.

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