"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
Play is not trivial. It is not to be the thing we do when our responsibilities are taken care of. It is the thing that equips us to live. Play is anything spontaneously done for its own sake. It may appear purposeless. It produces pleasure and joy. It leads one to the next stage of mastery. It is the product of divinely superfluous neurons. There is choice in the players life and that choice, if given opportunities through the environment, emerges innately and spontaneously if the individual (including animal) is safe and well-fed.
Play rewards and directs the living of life in accord with innate talents.
- Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play