High school aged children, who more fondly embrace the title of young adults, are without a modicum of misgiving the wisest, most practical, and appropriately behaved age group compared to any other. There is an antediluvian adage that asserts age comes with wisdom; however this adage is tragically flawed and obviously formulated by decrepit and cantankerous aged person or a na¯ve gerontophile. Adults as well as aged people’s minds are corrupted by an over abundance of experience. This phenomenon has been widely studied by pseudo-sociologists, who have concluded that because life has inherent insanity the longer one lives, the more irrational they become. However, based on this premise, infants would be the most rational and intelligent of all age groups, but this is not true because of the vulnerability and malleability of an infant’s mind; they are more susceptible to society’s insanity. Young adults having the strongest defense systems and an intense focus upon themselves are the least susceptible to life’s inherent insanity; thus, resulting in a sapient, pragmatic, and decorous individual without the foibles that plague other age groups.
Foremost, young adults’ wisdom is unparalleled by any other age group. One may think intellect is the raw material to manufacture wisdom. However, any age can possess intellect but having intellect does not result in wisdom; intellectuals can be easily blinded by grandiose ideas and pursuit of esoteric subjects, which have no practical value. Young adults are wise because they rely upon instinct and cynicism and avoid wearing the blinders of a sensitive conscience and experience. For instance, when forced to learn about logarithms or synecdoche teenage students will promptly inquire, “When will I ever use this?” This is evidence of young adults’ highly insightful and wise ways. Although branded lazy philistines, these students have realized that impractical intellectual pursuit or the gain of knowledge for the sake of knowledge is imprudent because it clusters the mind with unusable material. This cynicism is widely recognized by adults but has been mislabeled; cynicism should instead be associated with wisdom.
Richard Montague of Verona High School in Lincoln, Nebraska committed suicide after his girlfriend, Jamie Capulet, broke up with him. The media has swooped in to Verona to investigate and have learned that Montague was deeply in love and devoted to Capulet. One student speculated, “She [Capulet] was Rich’s life. He no longer had much purpose for living after he lost her.” The media has seen little tragedy in this incident because they have realized that Montague was the epitome of a pragmatist and he viewed death as practical. Investigative journalist Billy Bob James found Montague’s farewell letter and after reading it was struck by Montague’s rationality and was fully convinced that Montague’s choice to commit suicide was justified and the correct course of action.
Capulet was questioned about the breakup; she said, “I thought for a long time about us, and recognized that we were going to the same college, he was extremely sweet to me, loved me, and was from a wealthy family, but Montague was not as cute as the new kid John and I wasn’t sure if I loved him. So I knew the right decision was to end our relationship of two years.” After further questioning Capulet said Montague discussed his suicide with her and they decided it was the decision that “made the most sense”.
Capulet and Montague are evidence of teenage practicality. Moreover, sagacity also resonates in their behavioral choices and manners. For instances, teens have resorted to therapeutic activity to protect themselves form life’s insanity. Partying, consumption of alcohol, relaxing narcotics, and premarital sexual intercourse are all activities young adults engage in that help release them from these wisdom-corrupting pressures. Partying allows one’s soul to embrace freedom and require careful concentration on enjoyment. To surrender one’s responsibilities and live in complacence is not only difficult but is the ultimate expression of wisdom. One can avoid all troublesome experiences and hard work. In addition, young adults exercise a general contempt for their elders and why shouldn’t they? They are merely treating the adults appropriately because adults are less wise. Young adults’ contempt is meant to be a subtle tool to teach adults to be more like them, which some perspicacious adults have recognized. These adults, usually called “cool” parents, have developed stronger bonds with young adults; thus becoming wiser and have a greater degree of happiness through this enlightened perspective. They more than often raise their young adults into brilliant adults.
However, not all young adults engage in therapeutic behaviors or attempt to correct the irrational ways of adults, but have chosen abstemious ways, intellectual pursuits, and to respect their elders. These young adults have succumbed to the influence of unwise and impractical adults or have inherently weak defense systems against life’s insanity. These young adults are usually inclined to think of others before themselves and be strangely altruistic and disgustingly diligent. Teen specialist Alex Rand from Anthem’s College of Quasi Disciplines has posited that these teens have faulty ids and egos that cause this strange behavior to occur so early. Rand ascribes fervently to the theory that the most sagacious way to live is through an extreme focus on oneself. Her research is world renown for illustrating young adult’s naturally narcissistic tendencies.
Adults are envious of young adult’s wisdom and abuse their wrongfully bestowed authority by implementing rules to limit the wisdom and happiness of teens. When these attempts fail adults have turned to slandering the wisdom of young adults. But the efforts have been futile because teen’s wisdom have allowed them to be adept in achieving their own means and preserving themselves. Inexplicable and unconditional love, contempt for adults, shirking of responsibilities, disregard for academia, and prodigal behaviors are sacrosanct to the wisdom of young adults and has been skillfully protected. Young adults will inevitably be recognized as the enlightened age group and be revered in history. In fact a school is currently being built in Cleveland, Ohio dedicated to the wisdom education and is taught exclusively by teens to adults. There has been considerable speculation but it is rumored that one hundred more will be erected in the next year. A bright sun is on the horizon; young adults surely hold the answer to the world’s current problems. The phrase “wise beyond one’s years” has been redefined by young adults.