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Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)
TITLE: Proverbs of Solomon
By John Prescott
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Adulthood - the state of being an adult; a person who is fully grown or developed.
That doesn't tell us very much, does it?
"Why do I have to grow up?" I asked my mother long ago.
As I remember there was some household duty I had to perform, and her explanation of why it had to be done was "it's a part of growing up". As I remember, she never answered (to my satisfaction) the "why" question.
Is adulthood a physical state, or is it a mental state? I should think the answer is "yes". It is both.
Normally, physical adulthood is reached with no conscious effort. It just happens - by the process of physical growth, and the passage of time. It happens to insects, to birds, to cattle, to humans. We all start little, and grow, until the adult stage is reached and the growth stops. It's programmed into all living things upon the face of the earth. Generally, in humans, physical adulthood is easy to recognize; a three year old is clearly not an adult.
Physical adulthood or maturity is one side of the equation. The other half of the equation may give us a problem: What about mental adulthood? Is it something you find; is it the result of the inexorable march of time, or does it happen because of some thought-out processes? Or something you just naturally grow into?
Is there something I could point to and say, "there it is?" Is there a book that will give guidance? Or is maturity a mirage, a shining, shimmering mirage like what you see in the road in the distance on a hot summer afternoon and that vanishes when you get near it?
Is it the result of the inexorable march of time, or does it happen because of thought-out processes, or can you develop it?
Well, there is a book we can go to: the name of it is the Proverbs of Solomon. Proverbs is full of admonitions to know and to achieve adulthood, which is manifested by prudence, justice, good judgment, equity, sagacity, and wisdom in the conduct of our personal lives.
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