Teenagers don’t take responsibility and there is a good reason for that.
Recently, I was having a conversation with a teenager. During the course of this conversation, the teenager told me that when he grew up he wanted a job with no responsibility. He continued to elaborate on how the exciting field of custodial work was the perfect career for him.
It is with that in mind that I began this series titled “Now and Then”. Over the years many things have changed. Perhaps it’s the natural progression of the human condition. The constant desire for more while doing less. It seems more and more every day, people are looking for a device that will make their lives easier and perhaps even make them better. And all the while, they seem to be looking for a mystical device that will take away their responsibilities. What they don’t understand is that there is no device that will shoulder the burdens of everyday life for them.
In relation to the conversation I mentioned when I began this article, that young man was not the first, nor the last to say such a thing. I have found that the majority of teenagers have no aspirations for greatness. Often they want to be treated like adults but at the same time they don’t want to be adults. They don’t want to grow up and they never want to take responsibility for their own actions or for that matter their own lives.
Shucking responsibility is by no means a recent invention of the modern age. In fact, it has been around for thousands of years but not in the way that it has manifested itself in recent years. Each person possesses free will; the power to choose one’s own destiny and to create the life for themselves that they want. However, many people throw away their free will everyday. People readily hand their lives over to an invisible deity, rather than embrace their own freedom to choose. The irony of it is that most of them do not realize what they’re even saying. They tell you that they’ve given their life over to their Creator because he has a divine plan. The concept of the divine plan completely negates free will, but every religion talks about free will.
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