From the time human babies can move around, they are torn between the safety of a grown-up embrace and the irresistible drive to explore. A toddler in the park seems attached to his mother by an invisible bungee cord: he ventures out to explore and then, in a sudden panic, races back to the safe haven, only to venture forth again some few minutes later. Indeed, we probably never quite escape the bungee cord even as grown-ups; it seems part of the human condition to be perpetually torn between home and away, the desire for comfort and the dread of boredom, the peace of domesticity and the thrill of adventure.
Quote ID: 01618
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