'What Is Maturity'?
Bryan Caplan wonders what it means to be "mature"
What does it mean to be "mature"? Bryan Kaplan of Econlog points out that simply defining maturity as "how much you act like an adult" is a bit unhelpful. Here are his suggestions:
- Orientation toward work rather than play.
- Taking a long-run view rather than acting impulsively or spontaneously.
- Being serious rather than silly.
- Identifying with--and taking the side of--older people.
Kaplan wonders whether, extrapolating from these criteria, we can determine certain groups--perhaps older individuals, individuals with higher levels of education, and women--to be more mature than others. He also opens the floor to readers: what is maturity?
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