Apparently, it is not only within the mandates of ObamaCare that a person in his or her mid-20s is considered a child. Child psychologists in the United Kingdom have begun extending their definition of “adolescent” to include persons up to 25 years of age.
In a BBC interview, child psychologist Lavern Antrobus said that her profession is “becoming much more aware” of the perceived adolescent qualities of 20-somethings, calling the current trend “a really good initiative.”
According to the network, those behind the shift hope it will allow young adults to feel less pressure to reach traditional levels of adulthood at specific times. In other words, they want to give citizens permission not to grow up.
Those between the ages of 18 and 25 will now be considered in “late adolescence,” described as a way to keep track of brain changes that take place after the age of 18. A person’s brain changes throughout his or her life, though; so the next logical step would be to extend childhood until death.
It is not surprising that the left supports perpetual adolescence. Encouraging dependence on government, thereby creating a permanent voting bloc, is much easier when those you are targeting are already accustomed to being treated as a child.
While conservatives support individual responsibility and a certain level of self-sufficiency, modern progressives teach a much more comfortable (albeit ultimately detrimental) lesson. Becoming a productive adult is no longer necessary, they say, because the government is here to pick up the slack. Of course, the embrace of extended childhood does not extend to the left’s call for drastic social reform.
On one hand, leftists tell us that children are not grown until they are almost 30, which turns millennia of human experience on its ear. Simultaneously, the same sources advocate for young teens’ access to birth control and abortifacient drugs without parental notification.
This dichotomous view of childhood not only illustrates the glaring hypocrisy of modern leftism; it can also be seen through the lens of that movement’s obsession with changing time-tested belief systems and institutions. Whether changing the age of adulthood — in either direction — or engaging in attacks on marriage, faith, and traditional education, the left has one easily identifiable common theme: destroy the old guard by any means possible.