It has come to my attention that society seems to have a general misconception as to what constitutes growing-up or adulthood. Lets establish a few basic definitions:
Adult, n [L. adultus, gown to maturity] Having arrived at mature years.
Mature, adj [L. maturus, developed] Relatively advanced physically, mentally, emotionally etc.; grown-up. Hallmarked by maturity: Sense of responsibility, experience, sense, wisdom, sophistication, level-headedness, matureness.
Child, n [Old English. cild] A person between birth and puberty. One who is childish or immature. A person who behaves in a childish manner.
Childish, adj. Indicating a lack of maturity; "childish tantrums"; "infantile behavior".
By these definitions, our society has become overwhelmed by children masquerading as adults. Although their years would signify adulthood, their attitudes and behavior betray them - they are nothing more than big, out-of-control children. Miley Cyrus, of course, is a perfect example, however, there were many before this latest unfortunate victim of arrested development. Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber are also card-carrying members of this not-so-elite club.
Interestingly, a large number of the "Hollywood Elite" (whatever the heck that means) have defended Miss Cyrus and her lewd, repulsive displays of out-of-control childishness as nothing more than "coming into her own" and "showing the world that she has outgrown Hannah Montana and is growing up"! If Miley Cyrus were truly growing up, she would be showing signs of maturity - wisdom, level-headedness and sense. She would be responsible to the fan base on which her empire was built. She would tirelessly seek to maintain a flawless reputation and strive to inspire young women the world over to become true gentle-women. Instead, she has succumbed to base human nature. She has elevated the unlovely and mocked the genteel. She is a child playing dress-up. And we are paying her to watch.
Unfortunately the playacting doesn't end in Hollywood. Children, pretending to be grown-ups have infiltrated every aspect of American life. Don't believe me? Take a drive on any interstate in the nation and watch road-rage in action. Listen for a minute when the boss in the corner office throws a hissy-fit because something didn't work in his favor. Walk into your local grocery store and take stock of people too numerous to count that consider slipper and pajamas appropriate "going-to-the-store" attire. We are a nation of children!
Childhood doesn't magically end when you reach puberty. Adulthood doesn't just happen on your 18th birthday. Maturity requires cultivation. It requires care and effort. We can't just plug our children into modern culture and expect ladies and gentlemen to emerge. Turning children into mature adults takes work. It takes sacrifice and discipline. We must cultivate a crop worthy of harvest. If we have any hope for the future, we cannot continue to cultivate a nation of children. Parents - this is your calling. The nations rest on your shoulders. Take heed.
"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all they getting get understanding".