Young people are bound by a wide array of social and legal conventions,
and it seems to me that these rules are excessive and inappropriate. Too many
rules have hindered the young people.
If anyone needs convincing that the society has created too many rules for
young people, here is the proof. Social conventions are the first things that
impeded the development of the young. Certain standardized paths are set for
the young people in my country and these linear paths define the success of
young people. Take schooling, one of the mechanisms for young people to gain
success, as an example. It follows a route like this: 12-year-time education to
prepare you for college which prepares you for work and an approach to a
decent job with a brief period of independence before settling down as an
adult. Deviating from this is generally called “go astray” and causes tensions
in family. Therefore, it sounds horrible for young people to drop out of schools
or colleges. However, this is exactly what Steve Jobs did. He became successful
without following the most accepted route to success. The problem is that, the
rules known as social conventions, which were initially intended to help young
people, end up being obstacles.
Legal conventions are the next. The laws governing the behavior of young
people aren’t taking practical considerations into account. For example, in
China, males must be at least 22 in order to get married and females must be at
least 20 to do so. Some argue that it is unwise for males and females under
these ages to get married. While in my opinion, the law makers haven’t got a
comprehensive view of today’s young people. Nowadays, the young people
are much more sophisticated than we were in the past and have the right to get
married at an earlier age. Such legal provisions are infringement of rights of
young people and need to be amended. Inappropriate restriction on legal age
for marriage is testimony to too many existing rules for young people in society.
Admittedly, according to the physical and emotional realities of young
people, they do need guidelines when they grow up. With the right and suitable
type of guidance, it can be very helpful for youth to live a happy life. But the
right type of guidance does not have a universally accepted content. The
problem which we are facing today is that the society has created too many
rules for young people. Young people should learn and adapt by themselves, or
to find their own way to mature and success.
I reckon that society has created too many rules for young people. We
should give them a little more freedom and let they find their own way. Only in
this way can they settle down as adults.