RAWN PAW wrote: Wes wrote:
There is a certain need for discrimination based on age in society, so the issue is more about what age do we consider people responsible for their own actions and capable of taking care of themselves? Surely, one would not sell a beer to a ten year old or let that ten year old into the Army. That's legitimate discrimination because ten year olds are not developed enough, mentally or physically, to do these things. I think the more pertinent issue is at what point this discrimination should end. Certainly 16 year olds are responsible enough, many of them, to take care of themselves. We let people get a job at sixteen. Then, why are they not considered adults? Why can't 16 year old vote if their differences from, for example, 21 year olds are so miniscule?
This may be a bit too idealistic, but perhaps it could be something along the lines of a meritocracy. As everyone has seen, no doubt, not every teenager is as intelligent as the average SDian. Standard tests and such aren't able to measure maturity. If we found a way to measure maturity, perhaps we could make being counted in the age of majority dependent on that.
I don't think that's particularly fair. What is maturity? Who defines maturity? The mature? What we need is an age where people can function relatively normally as, at least, semi-independent and somewhat rationally thinking beings. 16 just seems right for the majority of people. Now, granted, most people at 16 are still under the care of their parents for the most part, but I don't think that should have too much bearing on adulthood. At the very least, they should be given transitional rights in a form of semi-adulthood.
What I don't understand is the idea on this board that ageism, against old or young people, is always a bad thing. There's fundamental differences between a ten year old, a thirty year old, and an eighty year old. A ten year old probably shouldn't drive, whilst a thirty year old probably should and an eighty year old should if they can still see halfway. Roller-coasters are another place where people are effectively discriminated against on age.
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