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Posted on 06/28/2009 9:59:09 PM PDT by stolinsky
Children in adult bodies want to live in Neverland. But Neverland doesnt exist, and it never will. Thats why its called Neverland. In fiction, people who never grow up enjoy amusing adventures in which the dangers are imaginary. In reality, people who never grow up may enjoy themselves for a time, but sooner or later the all-too-real dangers they ignored catch up with them. And then their fantasy world will be lost to foreclosure, and their real world will become distinctly unpleasant, or even lethal. But then it will be too late.
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Retention of juvenile characteristics in the adults of a species, as among certain amphibians.
The attainment of sexual maturity by an organism still in its larval stage.
Much of modern society can be described by this. A really familiar example is the short, puppy like muzzles of some domestic canines. They have been bred to retain juvenile features.
It does apply to homo sapiens as well, I'm not qualified to attach the principle to the welfare mentality, but it sure is tempting! It would explain a lot.
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