The Age of Reason

Where do we draw the line when defining the end of childhood? It appears that when someone reaches a certain age the person is regarded as an “adult”, who supposed to be able to look after themselves. This is wrong since age is an arbitrary thing. Being 16, 18 or 21, when one supposed to be sexually active, can get a driver license, can vote or buy legal drugs (alcohol and tobacco) is no guarantee of any adultness.

Say What Needs to Be Said

In old times the rite of passage was the dividing line between childhood and adulthood. However that involved guides, who led youth to a higher level of personal responsibility, consciousness and with it some rights. The knowledge and responsibilities were imparted to a young woman or man before they were considered more than a child. But this did not mean there was nothing more to learn …

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