Is there a difference between imitation and experimentation? If so, the difference is created when others express opinions of our actions.
We are taught to imitate in childhood, but later are condemned for it. Experimentation is condemned in adolescence, but expected when we attain so called maturity. I think somebody forgot to ring Pavlov’s bell when the rules of the game changed–no wonder young adults are confused and angry.
Opinions are attempts to confine us in terms of right and wrong. Imagine a society that believes in its youth, where experimentation is encouraged, where, with freedom granted, we trust they will discover the values of right and wrong on their own account. After all, Understanding is earned, not indoctrinated.
Imitation is also experimentation. Both are essential for the freedom of the individual.