In the News (BBC): “Adolescence now lasts from the ages of 10 to 24, although it used to be thought to end at 19, scientists say.
“Young people continuing their education for longer, as well as delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins. …
“There are also biological arguments for why the definition of adolescence should be extended, including that the body continues to develop.”
My Comment: I think we are faced with the phase of the inhibition of human development. Society has embraced an atmosphere in which people do not want to grow. They are comfortable without growing up; they want to remain as children.
We are on the threshold of a new world. The former incentives no longer work: a professional career no longer entices us and robotics threatens to end many specializations. In the coming decades, educational institutions will head into the virtual space, production will be automated, and the delivery of goods and services will be transferred to a network platform.
As a result, only a small number of people will be able to be engage in creative activities, developing something new. And what will happen with everyone else?
Adolescence can be extended up to the age of 40. What’s the difference? When a person finds something one can be useful at, then a person matures. And if not, then one will remain in their teens at a minimum wage.
Until recently, the age of active life lasted from the age of 15-20 years to 60-70. And now we have a long childhood and a long old age.
This is natural. When egoism grows, it is very difficult to exit it, to start doing something and somehow working with it. It is much easier to be absorbed with yourself through a computer and a smartphone, spending hours in your small room, knowing that your mother will cook something for you.
What is the solution?
The way out of adolescence is a desire for accomplishment. But in the modern world, this desire is weakening. For many, virtual reality toys are enough. People do not have any reason to grow up even in a simple, material sense.
On the other hand, they have time and the opportunity to understand that they are prisoners of their own egoism. It distracts them from what’s most important—the opportunity to rise above the ego’s operating system, to take control into their own hands, and find their purpose.
By discerning this, a person will finally come out of the kid’s room and find one’s purpose.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/23/18