Being Childish?

Posted by Neko Kyou in Rants on July 13th, 2007

The definition of childish

  1. of, like, or befitting a child: childish games
  2. puerile; weak; silly: childish fears
  3. of, relating to, or suitable for a child or childhood
  4. marked by or indicating a lack of maturity; puerile: tired of your childish pranks
  5. not complicated; simple
  6. affected mentally by old age; senile

This topic came from a thread at the Pokemon Community forum discussing about whether or not it is childish to watch the series and how others would make fun of those who are still watching the show. And it seemed that quite a few actually stopped watching the show because their friends says its childish and teased them about it. I realize that this doesn’t only apply to Pokemon, but many other things as well and not just anime or cartoons.

For me, I think that there’s nothing wrong in watching so-called childish shows and enjoy it. If you like then you like it. Why let someone else influence you otherwise from a negative perspective? If you are not doing any harm to yourself or to others, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. On the other hand, if you are causing problems to yourself or others, then you might want to consider things over and do something about it.

Being Nostalgic?

More often than not, most people who likes certain childish things did not just start to like it, but rather because of something else in the past. I was first exposed to Pokemon about 10 years ago, and I liked it then. Somewhere along the line I stopped watching and playing Pokemon games, but when I recently picked it up again, I really enjoyed it once more.

Another example I could think of would be old classic cartoons such as Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and Ghostbusters. I used to love them, and if there are anything new related to any of them (such as the 2 Scooby-Doo movies and I’ve heard of a new series called “Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Gets a Clue”), I would definitely watch it and unless it really deviates from the original I would enjoy it as well. Now I find more than half of the latest cartoons to be distasteful. Again, this is all really based on personal preference, and I’m just using it as an example.

Flintstones and Scooby-Doo

Being Mature?

Some try to act more mature than others by pointing out and making fun of others of childish behaviors, but is that itself a mature act? I think not, in fact, I consider that to be childish. Having fun or trying to gain credibility at the expense of another is definitely not a mature thing to do.

Dyna-Storm had previously posted on the topic of maturity as well, which can be found here. Being mature shows in how you think and how you treat others, teasing (overly) is definitely not an act of maturity, it is really the opposite of it.

The point is, you like what you like and you shouldn’t let others to influence you otherwise negatively. There might be a time when you will “grow out” of certain somethings, either naturally or under the influence of another, that’s okay, but you should not let others tease you or bully you out of something you like. It is against what you truly want and as I’ve mentioned before, as long as it doesn’t cause harm to yourself or others around you, it’s perfectly okay to like what you are doing regardless of what others say.

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4 Comments to “Being Childish?”

  1. Marmot | August 3rd, 2007 at 3:22 am

    Agreed, totally. Honestly, I think it’s hilarious how people accuse Pokemon of being childish and therefore not fit to watch yet still enjoy Naruto and Bleach. But really, it shouldn’t matter what age group a show appeals to as long as you enjoy it, and like you said, it’s wrong to let others strongarm you into not liking something. I love Pokemon, by the way. 😀

  2. Neko Kyou | August 3rd, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one who thinks that way 😀

  3. Unknown | June 29th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Whoever thinks playing pokemon is childish should try doing competitive battling in pokemon diamond and pearl, now that takes a lot of skills and predictions to muster it to the fullest.

    Anyway, I agree with you on what you said, as long as something that you like does not harm you, it is alright to do it and you obviously should not let anyone force you out of it.


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