Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Snapshot: The importance of play

"Friedrich Schiller wrote on the subject of play in On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795). Adults, Schiller insisted, must maintain their ability to play because 'man only plays when he is, in the fullest sense...a human being, and he is only fully a human being when he plays.' Schiller advanced the notion that human beings must play with ideas, symbols, objects, and the universe to develop their art, as well as to integrate thoughts and emotions to maturity and 'dare to be wise.'"