Words from Dic(tionary)
Adolescence: (adj) period of time of a young person in the process of developing from a child into an adult
I think we have to make up our minds.
We have to decide if we worship youth, teenage years and schoolhouse memories, or whether we freely admit those years were the terror of our lives, a dangerous time when we were constantly threatening ourselves with mayhem, murder and decaptitation.
Here’s the truth, (I feel I can speak this because I raised six teenage sons.)
There is nothing redeemable about human beings between the ages of twelve and twenty-five.
Now, it’s not that we hate them–and of course, the human race can’t progress without going through this bizarre transformation. We just can’t project a maturity on them which does not exist, while simultaneously expressing disapproval when they fail to measure up.
Adolescence is a form of insanity.
Although it’s not clinically diagnosed, it is universally accepted by those who have experience in this arena as a struggle to the death to survive the amphitheater of hormones and bad decisions, to escape the gladiatorial battle and become a real citizen.
You may think I’m overstating it, but actually, there’s a much greater danger in understating how the decisions made by young humans, with their limited experience, social consciousness and spiritual insight, are frightening and make me want to crawl under the covers.
For instance, God, for some reason, thought it was funny to give sexual desire to thirteen-year-olds. Even though I am sure there is some humor mingled in to that mix, it also is further complicated by the fact that girls of that age are extraordinarily fertile and able to procreate at an amazing rate which would make rabbits blush.
We also expect them to decide what to do with the rest of their lives, at this season when picking out what they’re going to wear to school seems to stupefy them.
So what is the best thing to do with an adolescent?
1. Treat them as mental patients, without ever letting them know that you’ve privately had them committed.
2. Try to get them to reason out their decisions even though the process may seem a bit befuddling to you.
3. Never assume they’re going to do the right thing and always know the wrong thing will be available–and the amount of pressure they get will determine their level of purity.
4. Never be afraid to converse or confront until you’re satisfied with some sort of mutual conclusion.
Of course, due to space and time, I will not even address how adolescence continues to plague us into our fifties and sixties … if we don’t address the real blemishes in our lives.