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11-12-2010 @ 7:40PM
@Hangk I both agree and disagree with you. :^) People naturally react to what happens to them based on what has happened before. It's natural that as you grow older, you'll encounter more stressful situations and will have a very different perspective than someone younger, however I see a lot more 'growing older' and not so much 'growing up'. I guess it could just be my own curmudgeoness (dang kids! /shakefist), but with all the ubiquitous interconnectedness it seems less and less people come up against actual difficulties and crises that they have to deal with alone. The extreme popularity of 'reality' TV also seems deleterious, since it all but lionizes being a preening mess; unable to handle things happening around you but at the same time massively convinced of your own value and importance. I would agree that age can certainly help in that regard, but especially these days, I wouldn't count it as a strong indicator.
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