We Are the Difference

Once more I find myself thinking about one of Brendon’s posts.

To sum it up, he struggles with the difference in between a child and an adult. Somehow I think I have an answer, even though it doesn’t really answer the question, but is the question really the point?

Just like those seeking the context for that ultimate answer (42), I am a mite unsure of what we are seeking for. Yes, supposedly it is the difference between adults and children. But how can we even assume that there is one exact difference? Adults are distinct from children, and yet they are the same. How do we even define an adult. And if we do define an adult, can they really be fully distinct or the same altogether? If we accept the fact that there is some transition in between the two, how do we define this area?

To quote Albert Einstein,

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen”.

Yes he talks about common sense, not adulthood, but is this not essentially the same thing? Adulthood could be seen as simply defined by an existence of common sense. If we say that adults are defined by the mindset they have accepted already, what else is this than what they perceive to be common sense? Adults seemed to always be right when we were young, but as we grow older we find that oftentimes the opposite is true, and there are different gradients of this adulthood.

So common sense defines adulthood. So is common sense directly bad? I don’t think so. There is the need for some things that must be assumed. After all science is the method of finding as many possible answers from a set of axioms that is as small and elementary as possible. Never can we operate without assuming a few things. Yes, Descartes tried it, but even here there are points where one could argue that logic was faulty or doubtful. Either way, we must assume some things, if simply for speed and routine that life will require at times. Thus common sense, adulthood is not bad within itself.

But being a complete adult is not good either. If we assume too much we find our perception of things to be faulty or contradicting our own axioms. We are suddenly incapable of reacting to something. Yes, to most situations we can react extremely quickly simply by making the events a mental axiom, but soon we have too many of them. Thus we must only make assumptions when necessary and later remove them from our brain. We must remain intellectually agile, able to doubt as much as possible when possible, yet assuming when necessary.

And here we come to my final, oh so wonderfully biased conclusion. The youth is the answer. We are the ones to be molded, or rather to be prevented from molding. Control the youth and you shall conquer the world. Let them control themselves and humanity is better off than you could ever imagine. Give the youth the ability to think for themselves and you have created an avalanche of thought prone to destroy whatever may come into its way. Any problem could be solved by this generation of thinkers. Just make sure that it’s not you.

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