Play Well, Legos! That’s What I Call Creation Science and Change Theory

28 01 2008


“When we try to pick out anything by itself,” John Muir wrote in 1911, “we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

So Caroline Kennedy and Legos are the same age, and I’m close, just a few years older. Even Google genuflects with its graphics today, in honor of the dynastic 50th birthday bash (the one based in Denmark, I mean, not Hyannis Port.)


Did you know the word “lego” is a creative fusion of the Danish words leg and godt, which my playful mind notes with glee, literally means “play well” and not the seemingly obvious “shin and calf of deity” that an illiterate literalist might insist on imagining is factual? 😉

Among the many power of play reasons I personally love Legos, is that they’re ideal for creating and sustaining connections. And I prefer play that transforms the merely factual into imaginary, and makes the imaginary downright fantastical, which in the very best games can create whole new worlds:

There are 2,400 different LEGO brick shapes . . .bricks of every colour and size stay firmly connected, allowing LEGO fans to build entire cities from all kinds of LEGO elements.

It’s not the first time I’ve had fun playing with Legos. But this story about the 50th birthday of the LEGO brick is a new plaything for me, deliciously confusing about the different years and dates involved in Lego Creation, which started me musing about how it was both connected and disjointed a the same time, in the same story. So I was playing freestyle myself, with all these little diverse and even contradictory — yet interlocking! — blocks of family friendly news and memories, when I came across a lone little block of Mickey Mouse history to connect up in my wordplay.

Recalling that Mickey Mouse was pushing 100 so I might bring him into today’s story, to show at least I wasn’t THAT old, I went to look up The Mouse’s creation story and history as fantasy figurehead, and got more than I bargained for — Read the rest of this entry »