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Maturity and Responsibility

March 17, 2014 4 comments

In a terrific InfoQ.com talk on software craftsmanship, Kevlin Henney uttered a great line: “Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.” In a Twitter exchange on the topic, @dancres concocted an equi-wise line: “I like ‘growing old disgracefully’“.

At age 55, as all you two regular readers well know, I have yet to exercise my option. At this point in time, I have no plan to ever exercise it. Hell, I’m not even sure I have a choice in the matter. For all I know, my genetic core may forbid it.

The reason I abhor the  concepts of “growing up” and “getting your shit together” is  because my main motivational force comes from Dick Werthimer: “The purpose of life is to fight maturity“. Another reason is that I don’t equate “growing up” (aka marching toward maturity) with “becoming more responsible“, or child-like with child-ish.  I think one can be simultaneously immature AND responsible. A third reason is that I’ve watched family and friends “grow up” over the years and I’m not thrilled with the patterns of bland, too-serious behavior that “growing up” leads to.

Goo Goo Gah

How about you, dear reader? What are your thoughts on the relationship between maturity and responsibility?

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