The definition of childish
- of, like, or befitting a child: childish games
- puerile; weak; silly: childish fears
- of, relating to, or suitable for a child or childhood
- marked by or indicating a lack of maturity; puerile: tired of your childish pranks
- not complicated; simple
- 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.
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.
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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