Ancient cultures had a place for those meant to live a life of the mind. These were
their shamans and priests and priestesses–forerunners to intellectuals and artists and inventors.
But look at what the modern child has to contend with in school, even at the earliest ages.
When I look back on things, I didn’t realize at the time just how good I had it there. Because back then, in the early 1980s, we had the options to just read, or do art, or make science inquiry, and so. We had the “space” to do those things. There were nooks just to color and sit with books.
Now, however, everything must be structured. This is to prevent all sorts of disorders like shyness and anti-social behavior, you see. It’s designed to give the child a leg up on how society operates. And this means constant busyness just doing “things” in this scheduled way—and that methodology is called “a life of value and identity.”
And meanwhile, all we want—our whole lives—is to just be fucking left alone to
“Progress.” It’s all Progress, designed for our own good and to make us amazing people.
Well, when I was 7 or 8 I said the thing I wanted most was to get sick so I could stay home from school and read and draw on my own. And I still feel that way almost 40 years later. It never really fucking changed.