4.25.2005

012. Reply to a Comment

I came to check on my blog today and I found a comment from Tom Hoffman.
This begs the question, what is "maturity." In lots of adult jobs, the best thing to do is keep your mouth shut, your head down, and at least appear to do what you're told. That's something you'll learn in a big school. Is that more "mature" behavior? Is that mature citizenship?
I have a feeling that this post might have a slight amount of journalism, so please bare with me. I'm going to try and address each question as it's stated, so I'll see how it goes.
what is "maturity."
Maturity has a definition, and I don't think covers the true meaning.

1.
1. The state or quality of being fully grown or developed.
2. The state or quality of being mature.

I really don't think this is true. A thirty year old could be completely developed, but not mature. Maturity is, I think, the use of intelligence that one person may possess. This intelligence, whether large or small in quantity, really doesn't matter. The thing that does matter, is the quality of said intelligence, and the way in which someone applies it.
Maturity has nothing to do with age or growth/development. It has to do with the intelligence and the way in which people carry themselves and apply that intelligence. A seven year old could have more maturity and intelligence than someone I go to school with.
In lots of adult jobs, the best thing to do is keep your mouth shut, your head down, and at least appear to do what you're told.
Yeah, I agree. In lots of adult jobs people do that. But I do understand the meaning of this because of the next sentence.
That's something you'll learn in a big school.
I attended a big school for three years, and I agree. You just be quiet, keep your head low and do what people tell you. But, I'm not at a big school, I'm at a really, really small school. And here, you don't have to keep your mouth shut, your head down, or appear to do what you're supposed to be doing.
You can open your mouth.
Hold your head high.
And not do what you're doing because you want to be occupying yourself with something else.
In a big school you do not have to be like that either. It's a choice and it's a bad one. You can have free thought, in work and in education/school. If people didn't open their mouthes, this class that I'm currently in would not exist. Maybe even blogging wouldn't exist, but that isn't the case here.
Big schools, big companies, big jobs. They all have the same expectations for people, one of which is the 'shut up and sit down' idea. But without those that go against the normal ideas, then where would we be? The biggest point I have is that this class would not exist without Bud, who didn't shut up about something he was interested in; and education is a large field to work in, and bringing it to the head guy is a big deal. Now I'm rambling, though.

Is that more "mature" behavior? Is that mature citizenship?

Both? *shrug* I don't know; that's a bigger question than I'm able to answer, I think. That's a much more in depth idea than what I'm able to really answer. I think that's more of a debate subject, rather than something to reply to in a blog.

If anyone wants to do further contact me on this idea, please feel free to e-mail me.

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At 2:20 PM MDT, Anonymous Bud Hunt said...

Elle,

I wonder why you say that something is"more of a debate subject, rather than something to reply to in a blog." A blog is a great place for a debate -- I've seen some pretty good ones online.

 
At 5:57 PM MDT, Blogger Nancy McKeand said...

I think that was a great post!

I think we should all ask ourselves if we want to spend our lives with our heads down and our mouths shut. Yes, there are times when we have to do that, but it shouldn't be the majority of the time.

I don't think that keeping your head down could ever be considered "mature citizenship" because citizenship - and maturity, I think - require involvement. You can't be involved in a meanigful way if your head is down.

 
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