Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Societal Prisons

I feel that our society has made a mistake. Lol, ok so we've probably made LOTS of them, but the one I want to mention today is about high school and teenagers.

What are we thinking keeping teenagers locked up in never-ending school-prisons!?!?! School is great, yes. They learn many important things, well that's the goal. But people that age have such potential for good, such enthusiasm for events, creating, helping, doing. Why do we confine their creative talents to the insides of a building? At that stage in their lives they are also so capable of doing. I don't know, but I think that society sees them as still incapable of taking care of themselves, so we lock them away until they are 'old enough'.

Excuse me?!?

The older I get, the more I realize that 'old enough' has nothing to do with age, and everything to do with mind and spirit. Sure there are teens who'd much rather stay close to home, there is nothing wrong with that. But why hold back the others for their sakes? Why not let our teens go off to Africa to do their part to save the continent? Why not let them go to South America and work in orphanages and build houses for 6 months or a year at a time? Why not let them follow passions of music or art or dance and learn young (instead of 3 years into university) that they have to go big or go bust? Why not let them live out their dreams of saving and helping the world, in the meantime learning so much about how the world works, and come back so much more capable of doing good in society than the sterilized brand we're graduating from our schools all across North America?

Why not?