Imagine if Peter Pan was alive today, what would he be doing? He might be selling Nuclear Power plants near fault lines. This short funny cartoon is about Peter Pan in the 21st Century.
Peter Pan is the pinup boy for people who never want to grow up. The original story was written by J.M. Barrie in 1904 when childhood was fleeting if it happened at all. Children as young as 9 years old worked as chimney sweeps or in the factories of the Industrial Revolution. J.M. Barrie’s book was not supposed to be a blueprint for social development. Peter Pan is not a hero he is just a boy who is terrified of growing up.
Now, thanks in part to Peter Pan, childhood is available as a permanent lifestyle choice but there is a cost for having children parent children and for putting perpetual boys in charge of companies and countries. ‘Leaving Neverland’ (Why Little Boys Shouldn’t Run Big Corporations) weighs up the costs, delightfully skewers and offers Rites of Passage as a timely solution. In the interests of balanced reporting Peter Pan writes a few chapters which are funny and would be hilarious if they were not so close to the truth.
“Behind every preventable threat to the future of the human race stands a boy in a man’s body with both of his hands in the cookie jar set aside for future generations.”
Whether that threat is building Nuclear power plants near fault lines, oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, GM food, the Global Financial crisis or climate change the behaviour behind each disaster is one of childish greed and selfishness coupled with short term thinking and a total lack of responsibility or compassion for the resulting social and environmental devastation.
There are a few movies that are starting to highlight this phenomenon e.g. ‘Inside Job,’ ‘Company Men,’ ‘Avatar’ ‘Capitalism a Love Story’ ‘Enron the Smartest guys in the Room’ and ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’ (a book but some great author interviews on YouTube).