Growing Down

Autobiographical novel about growing up in the Matanuska Valley of Alaska.


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2 responses to “Growing Down

  1. Isn’t that title redundant?

  2. From the author’s note inside:

    “To plant a foot firmly on earth – that is the ultimate achievement, and a far later stage of growth than anything begun in your head. No wonder the faithful revere the Buddha’s footprint in Sri Lanka. It shows he was truly in the world. He had really grown down. In fact, the Buddha had begun the process of growing down early in his life, when he left his protected palace gardens to enter the street. There the sick, the dead, the poor, and the old drew his soul down into the question of how to live life in the world. . . . Until the culture recognizes the legitimacy of growing down, each person in the culture struggles blindly to make sense of the darkenings and despairings that the soul requires to deepen into life.”
    James Hillman, The Soul’s Code

    Also, maybe you never read the Phantom Tollbooth? Just for fun, it’s a different perspective:

    “On their way to Digitopolis, Milo, Tock and the Humbug encounter all sorts of unusual people and places. Just outside Dictionopolis they stop at Point of View, where they meet Alec Bings, a little boy who floats above the ground because he has not grown down to it yet. In his family, everyone’s head stays at exactly the same height their entire lives and their legs grow down until they touch the earth.”

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