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As a Boy (or Girl), What Was Your Paradise?

Postby Erythrean Thebes » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:06 am

For certain people, the years of childhood become in memory a type of idyllic paradise, when comparatively life was much better and easier. But if you actually remember some of your childhood years, I think many people would admit that it was no less fraught with ordinary ups and downs than the grown-up life. Having a routine, as children do also, innately creates a boom-bust cycle of monotony and obligation juxtaposed with times of leisure and entertainment. And as a kid, the degree of contrast between the two can make your times of liberation particularly meaningful. In my case, I would always do at least two pages of my alphabet book before I could play the Hercules action game on the computer. Despite the game's punishing difficulty, those reprieves when I got to play was one of my childhood paradises. However, this wasn't the only or best for me. There were other forms of relaxation, peculiarly meaningful to me as a child, when my child brain could find a particularly satisfying state of relaxation. The greatest may have been the small compartment behind the recliner in our living room. Especially when my stomach hurt, I could crawl in there and meditate on my thoughts in a place of silence and privacy. For me as a boy, that was undoubtedly one of my childhood paradises.

During your time as a child, what places or activities were your personal refuge where you were free from obligation and negativity? Did you have a lot of things like that or only a few? Did you have to fight for your paradise or was it given to you as an entitlement? Was it even a meaningful distinction for you as a child? Personally, the distinction was extremely important to me and it turned out to be a very long-lasting dichotomy of view between an innately unpleasant societal world and a peaceful and soothing state of isolation on the other hand. Though it was not guaranteed and I had to earn it, I appreciated the ability to escape into a retreat by myself. As it turned out, video games remained integral to my conception of relaxation for a long long time.
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Postby Platypus Bureaucracy » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:10 am

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Postby Erythrean Thebes » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:13 am

Platypus Bureaucracy wrote:Is a Y-chromosome essential to voicing an opinion on this?

No. But our experiences will never be the same
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Postby Ethel mermania » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:18 am

Same as today, a clean ocean beach. 30°C air temp, 25°C ocean temp.
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Postby Socialist Workers Combine » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:23 am

Erythrean Thebes wrote:
Platypus Bureaucracy wrote:Is a Y-chromosome essential to voicing an opinion on this?

No. But our experiences will never be the same

Maybe put child then.

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Postby Platypus Bureaucracy » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:38 am

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Platypus Bureaucracy wrote:Is a Y-chromosome essential to voicing an opinion on this?

No. But our experiences will never be the same

That is indeed how people work.
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Postby Major-Tom » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:40 am

My paradise was always the open water. Motivated me to do plenty of open water swims at a young age, there was always something that felt free and liberating about it even when I felt restricted by life.

Secondarily, the mountains were always my place of refuge. Even way back in high school, I'd find myself driving up to the mountains after class just to hike awhile and clear my head in a quiet place.
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Postby The New California Republic » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:44 am

Erythrean Thebes wrote:During your time as a child, what places or activities were your personal refuge where you were free from obligation and negativity?

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Postby Heloin » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:46 am

The New California Republic wrote:
Erythrean Thebes wrote:During your time as a child, what places or activities were your personal refuge where you were free from obligation and negativity?

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That riverboat freaked me the hell out as a child.
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Postby The New California Republic » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:49 am

Heloin wrote:
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That riverboat freaked me the hell out as a child.

I want to get off Mr. Wonka's Wild Ride...
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Postby Shanhwa » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:54 am

Star Wars.


George Lucas is a pretty neat guy.
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Postby Chan Island » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:58 am

My childhood wasn't idyllic and I knew it. My teenage years were infinitely more pleasant.

Yet in terms of the paradise, they are still largely the same even as I've grown up.
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Postby Cataluna » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:59 am

A nature preserve that has since been torn down to make room for offices. Fuck capitalism.
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Postby Shanhwa » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:00 am

Cataluna wrote:A nature preserve that has since been torn down to make room for offices. Fuck capitalism.


Thank you Kanye, very cool
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Postby Araraukar » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:01 am

Same as it is these days: summer, sunny with some clouds, mild breeze, in the shade of trees on lakeside beach right here where I live, air temp 25C, water temp 22 C. A good book or a notebook and a pen optional but preferable. It's not just paradise on Earth, but if there's an afterlife, it's my heaven.
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Postby Erythrean Thebes » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:17 am

Ethel mermania wrote:Same as today, a clean ocean beach. 30°C air temp, 25°C ocean temp.

Ah yes, creature comforts. I myself am a seasonal person. I'm solemn in the wintertime, fevered in summer.

Major-Tom wrote:My paradise was always the open water. Motivated me to do plenty of open water swims at a young age, there was always something that felt free and liberating about it even when I felt restricted by life.

Secondarily, the mountains were always my place of refuge. Even way back in high school, I'd find myself driving up to the mountains after class just to hike awhile and clear my head in a quiet place.

Pax Nerdvana wrote:Fishing, camping, swimming, reading, playing Lego Star Wars TCS, and other things.

The outdoors is good for us. It's where we thrive.

The New California Republic wrote:
Erythrean Thebes wrote:During your time as a child, what places or activities were your personal refuge where you were free from obligation and negativity?

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Too right. This is the basis of all philosophy

Shanhwa wrote:Star Wars.


George Lucas is a pretty neat guy.

I really liked the young Obi-Wan books although I only read a few of them

Chan Island wrote:My childhood wasn't idyllic and I knew it. My teenage years were infinitely more pleasant.

Yet in terms of the paradise, they are still largely the same even as I've grown up.

In any case our need for one doesn't diminish

Cataluna wrote:A nature preserve that has since been torn down to make room for offices. Fuck capitalism.

But this is where character comes from

Araraukar wrote:Same as it is these days: summer, sunny with some clouds, mild breeze, in the shade of trees on lakeside beach right here where I live, air temp 25C, water temp 22 C. A good book or a notebook and a pen optional but preferable. It's not just paradise on Earth, but if there's an afterlife, it's my heaven.

Fuck you, I'm in the library today :p
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Postby The Huskar Social Union » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:34 am

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When i was a boy... i greatly enjoyed the caravan my family owned at Coney Island caravan park, the afternoons in the sun playing three man hunt with the boys and girls, pretending to be the viet cong in the long grass killing the other boys who were the american army. 2-4 weeks of bliss away from the streets of belfast, where i grew up as a boy.

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Postby Auze » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:35 am

Heloin wrote:
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That riverboat freaked me the hell out as a child.

Why did they have that image of the bugs, whose crummy idea was that... *shivers*
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Postby The New California Republic » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:39 am

Auze wrote:
Heloin wrote:That riverboat freaked me the hell out as a child.

Why did they have that image of the bugs, whose crummy idea was that... *shivers*

You clearly forgot about the chicken getting its head chopped off...
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Postby Cekoviu » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:50 am

Platypus Bureaucracy wrote:Is a Y-chromosome essential to voicing an opinion on this?

Not everyone with a Y chromosome was a boy as a child...
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Postby Heloin » Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:40 pm

Auze wrote:
Heloin wrote:That riverboat freaked me the hell out as a child.

Why did they have that image of the bugs, whose crummy idea was that... *shivers*

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Postby Erythrean Thebes » Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:21 pm

Heloin wrote:
Auze wrote:Why did they have that image of the bugs, whose crummy idea was that... *shivers*

Come with me and you'll see,
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a world of pure imagination!

What, is this some kinda funhouse?
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