Editorial - Youth: A curse or a blessing? (pp. 87-91)
Authors: Donald E Greydanus and Joav Merrick
Abstract: For approximately millions of years pre-hominoid and hominoid life meandered a dangerous world seeking food for themselves and eventually what was called their “clan” or “family.” During most of this time, food was quite restricted and children were often forced to leave the hunter’s milieu as soon as they became serious competition for limited food sources. This was the maxim for Homo sapiens from their arrival on earth over 60,000 years ago until clever persons discovered the ability to grow food around 10,000 BCE (1). This allowed humans to spend time apart from just hunting for other actions and it was advantageous for the children to stay at home longer to help with the growth as well as gathering of the crops. Perhaps this set the stage for parents and society to become angry at the adolescent who seemed programmed to disobey parents and other adults in the tribe on their inevitable journey to adulthood. Adults seemed to enjoy having extra hands around to help grow food for life, but not the problems the adolescent sometimes brought into the family and the greater society.
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