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Monday, October 22, 2007

What is an adult?

Back from Detroit. Was at the African Martial Arts conference, hosted by a gentleman named Kilindi. More later, but I had a fabulous time. Much of what I saw was similar to an Indonesian or Filipino art—but there was some material that was so archtypically African, so clearly extrapolated from (or evolved in parallel with) African dance forms that it opened my eyes to the way arts like Capoeira actually work (as opposed to the stuff shown to tourists.) Very serious, very lethal, very very non-Asian.
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Flew in Sunday to do the CASANEGRA signing at Eso Won. We had a couple of hundred people there. Thanks to all of you who came out in support.
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Got two more days to turn in the script to Fox, so this is brief. But I would love for you guys to send in questions you’d like me to answer about writing, I.F., Human Adulthood, or whatever.
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What is an adult? Well, considering that only an adult can help a child through the rite of passage, I can hardly think of a more important question. This can be a difficult one to touch on. But clearly, an adult is one who takes responsibility for his or her own life, in all major arenas. And yes, from time to time we all blame others for stuff, but let’s just consider that a momentary failure, as long as we get back up on the horse and keep going. But there are vital distinctions.
1) Adults take responsibility for their lives and actions.
2) Adults factor the inevitability of their own deaths into their philosophies and values.
3) Adults don’t think someone is going to come and rescue them from their lives.
4) Adults can admit when they are wrong without it diminishing their sense of self.
5) Adults know that their goals must be time-bound and supported by actions: otherwise they are merely dreams.

Those are the first thoughts off the top of my head. What are your thoughts?

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