childhood’s curve

Initially, we make no decisions.

As we are taught various things, we are permitted to start making decisions.

In a simple society with limited technology, the conventional age of independence is roughly adequate for making decisions affecting one’s own life.  There are consequences for limiting freedom for too long, just as there are consequences for allowing it too soon.

Things have gotten rather complicated, however.

Yet, when I was young, I had not connected the majority of the dots I have now managed to connect, and things seemed simple, and easy to fix.

I believe I was, metaphorically, subtly complicit in tearing down walls in a building that provided structural support.

I fled that building, and now it is collapsing.  Not because of the event of the day, but because the mindset of the people, and the structure of society, prevents it from properly handling the event of the day; today, tomorrow, and until it all comes apart.

Perhaps it would have been better if we had not been allowed to tear down walls before we knew a little more about how buildings worked.  And how cities worked.  And how human life works.

Perhaps childhood’s curve needs a bit of elongation.

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