On SPACIOUS plays, barriers and oneness

I just got interviewed by AARP about SPACIOUS and the role of play in breaking down artificial boundaries.

SpaciousI met Cary and Joey a year and a half ago, and have attended a number of their events which are very consistent with my own personal philosophy epitomized by this blog, that all strangers can be potential friends as long as we see them as they are, beautiful and noble. Some events were thought provoking and others were fun inducing like the infamous Pie Fight which was covered by the Washington Post and recorded on video by yours truly:

SPACIOUS adult plays: the goal or the tool?

Since the journalist’s question was on the notion of adult game as a liberating experience, I had to quote one of my favorite writers, Ursula LeGuin, who stated that “The creative adult is the child who has survived”. What about those that do not see themselves as creative?

As the journalist noted, I am probably predisposed to participating in something that many adults would be more reserved about. But I asked the journalist at least as many questions as he asked me and hope he and his readers at AARP would embrace the idea that games and adult plays are just one of the tools (my Musical Prayer Stations are another) which should help us recognize that under all the layers of acquired knowledge we are all inherently the same beautiful playful kids we always were!

To some the play might be the goal; to others the game might be the barrier. To me, the game is not the goal; the goal is the recognition and true realization of the oneness of humanity:

O CHILDREN OF MEN! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.
~ Bahá’u’lláh

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