What We Can Learn From Fraggle Rock

So, whether you are an ’80s baby like me or not, today’s post is a great way to examine your daily habits in juxtaposition with a fabulous American television classic, Fraggle Rock.  If you don’t remember the show, please find the opening theme song below and let the memories flow back to you as the music dances in your ears…

Source: gstatic

There are a number of creatures in this hidden world.  I will focus on only two of these today.  According to Wikipedia, there are a few distinct characteristics, particularly lifestyle choices, that distinguish the Fraggles from the Doozers down in Fraggle Rock.  Here’s what I found:

Fraggles live a generally carefree life, spending most of their time (they have a thirty-minute work week) playing, exploring, and generally enjoying themselves. They live on mainly radishes and Doozer sticks, made of ground-up radishes and the material with which the Doozers build their constructions.

Doozers, on the other hand, are:

in a sense anti-Fraggles; their lives are dedicated to work and industry… To ensure they always have a steady stream of work, Doozers build their constructions out of an edible candy-like substance (manufactured from radishes) which is greatly enjoyed by Fraggles

Source: YouTube

As briefly stated in the song, each has it’s own way of spending their days:

Dance your cares away
Worry’s for another day
Let the music play
Down at Fraggle Rock
Work your cares away
Dancing’s for another day
Let the Fraggles play

So, in looking at the two lifestyles, what do you think?  Do you think that the Fraggles are lazy?  That the Doozers do too much?  Do you think one sounds like you?  Or would you like it to?

Relating this to real life, what do you think about getting your work done before you play?  Is it essential?  Responsible?  Wise?  Or does it result in never truly having time for play when all is said and done?  Can you have a healthy balance between the two?

 

One last nugget of wisdom from the Wikipedia page:

Creativity is one of the few traits Fraggles and Doozers have in common.

Isn’t that a lovely notion?  The carefree Fraggles and the hard-working Doozers share creativity.  Creativity, the formation of something new, discovery of the unexplored, and imagination come to life.  Creativity is one of the most essential traits we have as humans and we often begin to lose it by the ages of eight to ten, according to Sir Ken Robinson’s 2005 “report on creativity.”  He found that 98% of children ages three to five were able to “think in divergent or non-linear ways.”  Examining ages eight to ten, the number dropped to 32% of children, with an additional drop to 10% of thirteen to fifteen year olds.  Clearly (and sadly), creativity is stifled as we age.  When the same test was given to people age twenty-five, the number of people who thought divergently or non-linearly was only 2%!  For me, though I don’t necessarily want only leisure time, the Fraggles truly seem to do what comes so naturally to us as children: to experience and explore ourselves and our world {and isn’t that why we’re here?}.

Here is Sir Ken Robinson discussing what school does to creativity in his 2006 TED Talk.

Source: TED

I understand the value of work, but I also believe that life should be fun, exciting, challenging, awe as well as change-inspiring.  THIS IS YOUR LIFE.  I don’t mean to suggest that play should always come first, or that we could make a 30 minute work week work like the Fraggles, but don’t we owe ourselves a little time to enjoy?!  Shouldn’t we be playing and exploring?!  Can’t we be carefree, even as adults?

What will you do to explore your world today?

  1. It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to
    be happy. I have read this post and if I could I
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    • Thank you for the suggestion–yes, it is certainly time to be happy! And I want to write more about the creativity aspect of our lives, so I am excited that someone else wants to read about that! Thank you for reading and for your comment.

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