Essay on Age of Responsibility

839 Words May 26th, 2014 4 Pages
AGE OF RESPONSIBILITY The “Age of Responsibility”, 21, is a completely arbitrary age chosen unintelligibly by a group of men because twenty year olds still aren’t fully developed or trusted by society in general, and people don’t even develop at close enough rates to have a universal “Age of Responsibility”. No two people exactly the same, so people develop at different rates. “The fact that every person is different and develops at his own pace doesn't make the creation of policy any easier.” (Greenblatt 22). It would be extremely difficult to make a solid age of responsibility since everyone is different. Any age decided upon would be unfair for some people and perfectly fine for other. There is also the fact that there is no upper …show more content…
Twenty-one year olds are also prone to make bad choices and still have a childish lifestyle. I have an older cousin who just had his twenty-first birthday in July; he just sits around his mother’s house smoking marijuana and drinking with some of his older cousins and uncles who also chose to live that life. This is not any rare or special case; you can see it in almost any neighborhood: Oakland, Oak Park, and even Elk Grove which is supposedly a “better neighborhood”. The prefrontal cortex of the brain, which allows to make important executive decisions, has yet to completely develop In most people under twenty-five, ergo they are incapable of making completely logical choices, though they may seem logical at the time. The average twenty-one year old is incapable of making intelligent executive decisions, so it is completely illogical to have the age of responsibility at twenty-one years old. Twenty-one year olds generally haven’t earned the full respect of society that comes with age. A large majority of rental car companies will not rent to people under twenty-five, or if they do then they charge them with an extra fee. The choice to not rent to people under twenty-five doesn’t go without reason, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, “Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20”. Their

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