Spiritual Growth in Maturing Characters

SpiritualHow does spiritual growth relate to a deepening maturity? Continuing with age-related themes, Linda Seger offers the twenties-through-forties as yet another age-focused grouping.

Although the twenties category has been discussed separately in this blog, the overlap here points to a deepening engagement with themes that become increasingly more important as one gets older – such as those clustering around spiritual growth.

Twenties through Forties

The important thing during these years is the sharpening focus, as one matures, on spirituality versus materialism. Stories in this category tend to explore the things that are truly important in life, things that, progressively, become more meaningful as wisdom grows through age, through life’s hard knocks.

Having achieved successful careers, often at the expense of others, some characters are ready to exchange material comforts in favour of spiritual and moral values such as integrity, social conscience, wisdom, and healthy relationships.

Some characters even factor in self-sacrifice for the greater good as a viable course of action. Films such as Seven Years in Tibet, Ghandi, Erin Brokovich, and Norma Rae touch on the spiritual themes mentioned above.

The lesson is that as one moves towards a deeper maturity so does one’s attention – from the visceral pleasures of physical success to the more nascent, invisible rewards of value-driven action: from receiving to giving, loving, educating.

Stories driven by characters embodying such themes, then, resonate with more mature audiences who recognize these needs in themselves.


Stories about maturing characters weigh up the spiritual over the material and come down on the side of the spiritual as a thematic outcome.


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4 thoughts on “Spiritual Growth in Maturing Characters

  1. Connor Richards

    An enjoyable read, thank you!

    I do think much of this can also be generationally and circumstantially driven though; Considering the ages looked at, I’d say things are already changing substantially as a result of our global ‘awakening’ as a species.

    Just as there was once an incredible (albeit at the time largely region locked) culture shock with the emergence of the ‘teenager’ due to a new and sudden upsurgance in family affordability, the environment and it’s new focus in fincancial representability shifted the individual focus on personal growth to be one based, essentially, on egotistical and image based justifications of one’s self.

    Given the fact that before this time people essentially grew up as a subordinate through their initial teen years and suddenly had to go off and become an adult, this was both good and bad. Bad because this created the first generation of people to grow up being exposed to positivity in the harmful effects of getting caught up in representivity, but good because for one of the first times in history an entire sub-category in age relation and generation had been developed on the bases of people being able to think differently as a result of these new experiences.

    The reason I think this is important is due to the strange and fundamental shifting in today’s youth (pre-twenties) culture, through one important aspect: Globalization!

    Whenever I hear or see that word a million things spring to mind, mostly negative, but I think if you can get through all of the fringe-flicking nonchalance there is still good in it’s generational upbringing, and given what we can see over previous years, the developmental history throughout your teenage years seems to be imperitive in defining the lifestyle choices and departures made in the stumbling wisdom of your 20’s to 40’s.

    Based on all of this, I would agree that the actions throughout your 20’s to 40’s would definitely be driven towards some sort of relative spritual development. I would argue though, that this is solely executed at this stage. Due to our new, global culture, we now have a generation of teenagers that are generally well off enough AND so deeply connected within the confines of the web, that for the first time ever we have culture systems that are rebounding off of one another on a daily bases in (mostly) positive, morally guided setups.

    Just as your initial years in life are responsible for acclimatising to one’s physical environment through subconciously driven analytics, and your teenage years are there to execute and start experiencing what of this analytical background you take to be important in life, I would say the relative adulthood that follows is based around the essentiality in balancing out the fundamentals thought as a child and acted on as a teenager.

    I’d say any experience thereafter would have to be a spiritually centric one, even if that isn’t completely obvious to someone with a completely different cultural upbringing, and I think (or hope) that given the current interconnectivity and over-exposure in clashing culture systems, a new globally minded one will begin to grow.

    This is the spiritual journey in all of us, through our lives, as the collective human race, and it is most likely going to be altered into the future by generations that we may not see eye to eye with, but that is the inherent responsibility of the 20 years after your first 20 years; To build an environment where spirituality and free thinking are synonomous, so that you can help solidify their’s, and through the interconnectivity and hands on exposure to other mindsets, help grow your own too.

    Appologies for the lack of resources and the probably abundant spelling errors, my Android doesn’t seem to have been with ease of typing in mind. . .

    1. Stavros Halvatzis Post author

      Thank you for the many good points you raise, Connor. I personally suspect that the noise of youth in the material world through which the body exercises agency becomes more subdued with the passing of the years, before the gentler, softer voices of the spirit can be heard above the hubbub and understood by the self – although, of course, there are always exceptions. Certainly, modern connectivity through the Internet is accelerating the learning processes, but I believe each age grouping has its preoccupations, based on the needs and requirements of the biological machine.

  2. Christina Carson

    I’m delighted to hear this, Stavrosh, not just because it is what occupies my writing, but because it has been my life’s focus to explore our existence from a more spiritual or cosmic vantage point. And to have an increasing number of people with whom to share this different way of framing up life would be delightful.

    1. Stavros Halvatzis Post author

      Happy to hear it, Christina. I think a drift towards more spiritual concerns is inevitable as we grow older…except for the most closed-off amongst us!


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