The main theme of the article is that human beings are designed to move. The focus is on the fact that from the time we were infants, pleasurable non-purposeful movement led to our developmental processes, however, we leave behind this movement that we employed just to feel good, and only use movement for greater task-oriented reasons. – We say goodbye to the movement pleasures of our childhood, and rarely behave that way after, allowing our physical movement spectrum and diversity to diminish, whilst we reciprocally accumulate life’s experiences. This decrease in life movement which becomes simply task-oriented, leaves humans experience-rich but movement-poor (Dickinson & Travis, n.d.).
My purpose of introducing this particular article is due to the unique concept behind the idea that,:as we grow up we become experience-rich but movement-poor. I am going to discuss a number of points including: the insights and understandings that I gained, the questions that it raised for me, and the personal connection that I can make with the material.
I was intrigued by the concept of the way that human beings change once they grow up and became mind-heavy. – The way that there is a growing estrangement of the self, especially in the physical sense of our pleasure-giving self; and that when we are deeply connected to our physical self it comes before instances when we are totally in tune with other people. The theory is that if our bodies are enlivened and observant through our utilization of wide ranging receptors, then we are able to absorb a greater amount of our external and internal surroundings, and as a result, act upon it with a far greater apprehension. When the body is fully aware in this way, it can be trusted as a worthy communicator and receptor, and people can thereby convey more of their complete selves to their human connections (Dickinson & Travis, n.d.).
The insights and understandings that I gained from this research have given me food for thought, as although this concept was blatantly clear when I read about it, I had never considered it before. It is based on logic and the fact that as we lose our childhood days we start to amass a pile of endless thoughts, memories and concerns in our mind. Life becomes top heavy in that civilized societies, as opposed to tribes and more primitive people such as those in third world countries, tend to live with their minds rather than their bodies – and this takes away the pleasures and awareness that utilizing the body in all the ways that we could, is thwarted.
The question that it raised for me is that: Why don’t schools and colleges promote dance as it would be beneficial in so many ways both to mental and physical health? It would also help to keep some students on the path of physical fitness throughout their lives. I made a personal connection with the material because I know two nineteen year old teenagers who were keen dancers when they were small, but by age ten they stopped dancing. Now, they no longer partake in any physical activity and look very rigid in their stance and movement.
My opinion on the authors’ point of view is that I am in full agreement with it, and that it is extremely interesting and valid. A question I would like to pose is: How are other cultures different in this aspect? That is to say, countries with a culture such as in Mexico, South America and Cuba, where their citizens are born to dance.