The other day my little brother was playing outside with one of his friends (it’s not extinct yet), when I overheard them telling each other which ‘superhero’ they were. Now, never in a million years would I have expected, that one day I would witness a battle between Batman and a ©Lego Ninjago character, of which I didn’t know the name, but that’s exactly what I was witnessing.
What intrigued me that there were absolutely no rules and from what I could deduce from the sounds nothing was too crazy for two little 6 year olds. Hearing and seeing this brought back memories from days long gone and I got this sentimental feeling everyone will recognize when thinking back on their childhood. But it got me thinking about all the barriers that were between me and these endless fantasies of being the greatest hero, gymnast or whatever. We all (myself included) live by certain rules that are created not only by ourselves, but by our society. Kids don’t yet have these boundaries and the scene that was playing out in front of my eyes was every proof of that. Maybe to me it wasn’t quite the Joss Whedon scene I am used to seeing, but that didn’t matter because there was no stopping the action, except for the occasional Fristi break. (for people outside of the Netherlands: Fristi is a dutch Yogurt drink, which is just awesome (we’re not affiliated with the brand in any way). But anywho, the point is they were lost in a seemingly endless battle between two fantasies gone wild.
This got me thinking. How cool would it be if you were walking through your neighborhood and you still heard adults screaming: “Maybe this will take you down Thor!” Kablam!$%&*pggrrrPow! or whatever kind of sound comes with the demise of Thor?
Me personally, and with ME I mean the adult ME who is formed by all the rules society has set, knows this is absolutely redonk. But the ME who still has an imagination which isn’t set by boundaries and rules would love this idea and I would gladly take part in this.
I know there are still large groups of people who have never let go of their childhood fantasies. They are known to us as LARP-ers (Live Action Role Players). But even these Larpers don’t play by the same rules as my little 6-year-old brother, because they set boundaries and have rules within their role-playing. So even though some would call them “people who need to grow up”, they actually have because they have a certain rule-set they play by and so they have set boundaries. For example in their LARP-ing world a ©Lego Ninja could never be in battle with Batman.
These boundaries and rules we live by are created from the moment you are born. Think about it, depending on whether you’re a boy or a girl you either wear blue or pink and you don’t have any say in this. The idea of having any say in this “as a baby” is of course ridiculous and I don’t expect people giving their children rainbow-colored clothes until the moment they can choose for themselves, but that doesn’t take away the fact that the first layer is created around a “free” child. When you’re parents have decided you can either wear blue or pink the next thing is that you either get a car or a doll, how to eat, what to eat, what to touch, what not to touch, even books for children mostly suggest what’s right and wrong according to our society. Now I could go on discussing one by one how many rules are laid out for us, but you can probably see where I’m going.
So all these rules and boundaries have made us the society we are today and I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it, but there is! A big part of our society lacks any form of creativity and there’s an overall shortage in fantasizing. Our fantasies are killed by the harsh reality that as a 12-year-old you have to start thinking what you want to be and Batman is no longer an option. Our creativity is constantly criticized and talked down on how it ‘normally’ looks, but the whole idea behind creativity is not to do what is ‘normal’ and thus the real creativity is suppressed.
I just hope that somewhere in the future technology or something else opens up the possibility for us to once again get in touch with our fantasies as we once did. That being said I just got a call Batman and ©Lego Ninjago need my help saving the world!
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