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    Alternatively, we could teach kids to be more responsible. I think they are capable of more, but we treat them like children for a very long time in developed countries.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    It's true the frontal lobe isn't finished developing until 25. I think til age 25 is a long time to ask most parents to support their kids. I think 22 is a good age too, but the law is unlikely to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    I think 25 is a big ask. And 22 seems a reasonable compromise.
    Why though? I mean if 22 is allowed, then any age should be allowed..

    Who makes the confinements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ming View Post
    Why though? I mean if 22 is allowed, then any age should be allowed..

    Who makes the confinements?
    It's a political decision. And Australia is a polity. You pays your money and you takes your choice at the ballot box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    Alternatively, we could teach kids to be more responsible. I think they are capable of more, but we treat them like children for a very long time in developed countries.
    Sure, if they are emotionally and financially independent of their parents this is a sign they are taking responsibility for themselves.

    But if others are taking financial and emotional responsibility for them how can they be responsible enough to vote, drive, drink or marry?

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    At that age most children start to see and understand the world. How life works. How to do things. Understanding the news. Understanding what money should be about. How a person works in accordance to society. This, perhaps is why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Sure, if they are emotionally and financially independent of their parents this is a sign they are taking responsibility for themselves.

    But if others are taking financial and emotional responsibility for them how can they be responsible enough to vote, drive, drink or marry?
    True. It's not reasonable for someone to have to be financially responsible for the behavior of someone they have no legal control over.

    Edit: Of course, I was married with a child of my own at twenty-two.
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    100 years ago the average life span was 40-45 years..
    I wonder if that has something to with it.
    18 was almost half a lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    Of course, I was married with a child of my own at twenty-two.
    Of course you were a fast developer. Some may say precocious. But others would say plainly gifted, just as you are a gift to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arclight View Post
    100 years ago the average life span was 40-45 years..
    I wonder if that has something to with it.
    18 was almost half a lifetime.
    And most were out earning a living and raising a family.

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