This blog has been considering what maturity is and what needs to be done for an individual person to grow toward greater maturity. The idea proposed should be workable in all cultures, and that is important because the problems facing people in different cultures will be different. Also, everyone is different, and every situation is different.
The idea for this new direction of growing toward maturity is, “When you are feeling good, and have time and energy to do something different from your routine, choose to avoid actions that are childish and do actions that are as mature as possible.” That is a generalization that should work in all cultures. To some degree, it is a variation on Jesus’s assertion that we should help others to live and live more abundantly, because by doing that you are automatically behaving in a mature way.
In the post “What should I do?,” examples of how to go skiing illustrated the concept. Exploratory skiing is infantile, pleasure skiing is childish, skiing for status is adolescent, skiing for family unity is adult, skiing for trail repair or search and rescue is mature, and skiing to illustrate how to move from one level of maturity to the next is sage-like.
That is the layout of the idea, but to communicate the value of each of these behaviors will require stories. Perhaps the ancients had the right method. Aesop’s fables are clear and easily understood stories using animals with human characteristics to guide people toward better ways of doing things.
Create more mature habits when you have the chance to do so.