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Reflecting on Childhood

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Daniel handler on stage


Sitting in the audience of the School of Life's Sunday Sermon provided an opportunity to be taken on a journey through experiences aimed at helping to reconnect with the feelings of bewilderment children might feel. It's fair to say that there are many aspects of our world that are confusing, contradictory or that just don't make sense. Children often notice this but are encouraged by adults, parents, teachers, and others to stop questioning, to accept what is.

Perhaps the main point of the sermon was to encourage adults to remain curious themselves, acknowledge the things that don't make sense and in a childlike way question it. If adults do this they will be more in tune with the experience of the child, and more able to help children explore this strangeness.

The energy of Daniel was high and his enthusiasm for the topic was contagious. His explanation of his interest in writing literature, the Lemony Snicket, series, was to help bring words to the bewildering experiences of childhood. To collude with his own inner childhood and thereby with other children in an attempt to answer the all important question "why am I here?" The responses from children in the form of letters in the thousands would suggest that this collusion worked and met their needs.

The event may have left the audience members, mostly adults, re-engaging with their own inner child and asking themselves the question of why they are in fact here. Being reminded of the questions of childhood that have been conveniently tucked away so we can get on with our lives may leave us further bewildered or taking on the task of further pondering.

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