September 30, 2013
I wish I was as intelligent as and had the writing skills of this young man.
This post caught my eye, because I have, for years, decried “adolescence” as an invention which has created confusion and damage. Matt’s post here explains well the problems with the concept, and the ridiculous but logical progression the idea has taken.
Oh for a return to adulthood.
Photo via: Stuart Miles on FreeDigitalPhotos
Child psychologists have “discovered” that adolescence actually ends not at 18, but at 25. Once again psychologists have waved their wands and magically created a larger customer base. But maybe I’m being cynical, maybe adolescence really does end at 25. Or is it 18? Or is it 40? 35? 50? 12? 2? 93? I think the answer is yes. And no.
Let me explain.
Back in the old days, there were two types of people in the world: children and adults. You were a child and then you became an adult, and you really had no choice in the matter. The timeline of events went something like this:
Phase 1: Birth, childhood.
Phase 2: Adulthood.
Phase 3: Death.
Of course, this is just a general outline; Phase 3 could rudely interrupt Phase 1 or 2 at any time. Still, the transition from “child” to “adult” happened early and inevitably…
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