Constraints and Responsibility

Kids think that they can say and do anything they want without constraints—or punishment. Developmental psychologists may place bounds of age, say maybe from 2 to 17 or something. Although it is now well known that male humans’ prefrontal cortex development matures in the mid-20s.

When I scan social media and news, I think of the title of a TV show that I know nothing about, but the title resonates—Arrested Development. People in their 20s, 30s, 40s, or even older (Elon Musk?) act like those adolescents or pre-adolescents. Some are even elected into responsible positions.

Where were the parents who were supposed to set constraints? Guardrails? Teach responsibility?

A periodic rant regarding maturity and responsibility relating to free speech becomes necessary lest we forget. Words hurt. Words destroy.

Words also uplift. They encourage. They heal.

How do you wish to use your limited supply of words?

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