Postponing Adulthood… Forever?

Adolescence now ends at 25,” The Daily Mail reported yesterday, “to prevent young people getting an inferiority complex.”

“It is hoped,” adds a subhead, “changes will prevent children being ‘rushed’ through childhood.”

So from now on–at least in Britain–child psychologists will work with 25-year-olds: persons who used to be known as “men” or “women.” This is so that overeducated losers who sit around at home living off their parents will no longer be pressured to achieve “key milestones” of adulthood.

Bearing in mind that Science always has the answers, scientists say the postponement of adulthood is necessary because new methods of doing brain scans show the brain is not yet done developing at 25. Eventually, they promise, the “late adolescent” brain will change into an adult brain.

Optimists! And then a few years down the road, new technology shows the brain still “developing” at 30, 40, 50… and it never gets there!

But that’s okay. We’ll always have the government to take care of us. Our leaders know what’s best. So, big deal, you have to wait till you’re 64 to have your Bar Mitzvah. At the same time, the public schools are teaching you to have every kind of sex your teachers can imagine by the time you’re 11. And Michelle Obama and Mayor Bloomberg tell you what you ought to eat.

Under the circumstances, why should full adulthood ever be achieved?

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

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