How contemporary Rites of Passage can help us all leave Neverland
Childhood was once restricted to a fleeting life stage but in Neverland 2.0, Peter Pan has made it available to everyone as a permanent lifestyle choice but at what cost? ‘Leaving Neverland’ (Why Little Boys Shouldn’t Run Big Corporations) weighs up the costs, keel hauls a few adult sized ‘lost boys’ & offers Rites of Passage as a timely solution.
“The style, pace and delightful skewering are reminiscent of Hunter S Thomson!” Rex Finch, Finch Publishing.
‘Peter Pan,’ the story of the boy who refuses to grow up was written in 1904 by James Barrie as a fantasy story for children. It was never meant to be a blueprint for social development. Unfortunately, the infantile and puerile are celebrated in the media and rewarded in business and Mankind has slowly become Pankin. Whilst “lost boys” abound, there is an alarming increase in the number of “lost girls.”
“In a desperate attempt to stay young forever we have achieved eternal childishness, rather than eternal youth.”
Not to be an alarmist or anything but our very survival as a species is now threatened by our prolonged childhood. Neverland is not Nirvana.
“Behind every preventable threat to the future of the human race lurks a boy in a man’s body with both his hands buried deep in the cookie jar set aside for future generations.”
In Homo sapiens there is no hard wired physiological link between physical maturation and mental maturation, e.g. the body of a boy will become the body of a fully grown man even if the mental shift from boyhood to manhood never happens. The vital link between body growth and growing up emotionally was once provided by Rites of Passage.
Rites of Passage are simply events that mark the transition from one life stage to another e.g. man to father, woman to mother, older to elder. The Rite of Passage from child to young adult was the one that traditional societies spent more time and energy on than any other. They knew their survival depended on having healthy men and women as community members rather than overgrown boys and girls. Our survival depends on this too.
We can leave Neverland any time we want, we just have to want to leave and contemporary Rites of Passage can be made available in every school. Read the book to find out how and why this is so improtant.
Ffs (for our futures sake) it is time to Leave Neverland.
Almost forgot, in the interests of unbiased reporting and transparency Peter Pan (yes, that Peter Pan) argues for larger corporations, less corporate responsibility, and no regulation. Chapters by Peter include: “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bullying,” “Parenting for Perpetual Childhood,” and “Ignorance is way better than Bliss.” Read before you buy.