You exposed yourself right away with those two divisive words: CRITICAL THINKING... And your pages show an interest or even a training in a particular way or mindset, with 'leaders' being used as kinda father/mother/family figures. Sometimes confused people can be highly critical thinkers - but are leaning way too much on emotion over fact. Confusion and emotions are being used more and more these past 4-5-years... Beware! Try thinking outside the box - as aside from the bubble...
teenagers do have the right to develop however, it's the unhealthy development that parents should worry about. there's a logical reason why a 35 year old (or older) should not be with a teen, there are many medical reasons. and treating to even forcing your kids to grow up faster than usual can result in kids turning to the older crowd because they think/assume they are mature. when in fact, I've encountered many teens who couldn't handle the real world. it's not easy for many adults to handle the real world, kids should be allowed to be kids, not forced into adult situations so quickly.
note: each generation there's those that assume they know best, they were there so therefore they know what the deal is when in fact a lot of parents don't. gen x probably doesn't understand the dangers of smart phones and teens. teens/kids doing adult things when in fact they aren't adult. underage sexting is child porn after all...
so, just because the adult been there done that might not be the case. each generation things are different from the last, the radical difference from boomer to gen alpha alone is grounds for conflict, and parents don't want to be parents anymore, they want to be your friend, share your partner, share your clothes... parents you had your turn/chance, let the kid grow up and learn from their mistakes, appears they didn't so guess the trend continues...
I dum nu some people just have too much beef with teenagers, but you gotta be a teen before you can be an adult Like toddlers when they're learning to walk, you won't just say /o wow this toddler can't even walk right, he should just not walk until he's 18 and will just magically *poof* into a mature adult/ All the stupid shit you do as a teen is just a part of growing up and learning and trying to become an adult, and you should do all that and have adults take your opinions into considertation and talk to you about where you do or don't have a point I just find it counterproductive the way some people act just like /oh well kids/teens are stupid, we should just stuff them in a box and not let them out until they're 18 or 25 or whatever age those people think you just magically *poof* into a mature adult/ . Guess what, then you'll just have a stupid 25years old 🤨
I don't know what the Politics forum has to do with this thread specifically, but the fact that some adults are stupid doesn't magically mean every teenager ever is suddenly capable of high-level rational thought that overrides their lower life experience by default of having lived for a shorter amount of time and snap emotional judgements due to hormone swings and other such factors.
Are we specifically comparing teens to seniors or just adults in general? Because while it's true that the older someone is, the more likely they are to have conservative beliefs, OP isn't phrased that way, nor do they say what, exactly, these "teens with opinions" have opinions about.
If we're talking general life stuff and common sense kinds of judgements, then I'd give it to adults 95% of the time, but if we're talking "hey, maybe don't me a dick for no reason," then I'd give it to teens over seniors specifically 95% of the time.
Honestly, this whole point is incredibly nitpicky, and I have to wonder whether or not it was actually brought up for a good faith discussion or so you could just say "Ha! I was right about this one hyper-specific detail, therefore I was right about everything!"
As a former opinionated teenager, I can say one thing with absolute sincerity - I didn't know shit. I thought that I had it all figured out and that every adult was obviously wrong but guess what - I didn't know shit. Of course, teens should ask questions and, when they don't like the answers, they should keep on questioning the status quo. But teens should remember that an adult with more life experience has a perspective that they don't have yet. Time is a great teacher - unfortunately, you have to put in the years and make a lot of mistakes before you can truly say "I know some shit".
Teens have their right to an opinion, but they have to be taught that due to their age and hormones being little cunts, their concept of what is important and what it is not, tends to vary.
I was a pretty mature teen who minded her own business and did not blindly follow the trends and masses and still, my parents had to tell me to shut up, not in the "shut up, you know nothing", but in the " Life does not work how you think it does...".
Yes, teens have their right to their opinions and ideas but they are developing people after all in need of properly guidance
I've done my shit, but was mostly harmless. Didn't bring bad surprises or big damage in money or consequences.
But they've told me "be careful....it's never what it seems".
And I"m grateful for the wise words of my parents. I grew up forgetting them, then the shit happened, and I was forced to remember what my dad told me...forced by life to listen to what I denied on my own.
When I remembered his care, and talks , and advice...My life changed, and things inside my head changed. I guess that's the feeling of "ok I understood adult world better....now I get it...what he always meant but couldn't tell me out-right".
One thing, that makes teenagers less credible for many adults, is that the average (more or less healthy/normal developed) teenager tends to change his opinion in the same rythm like their underwear. Which is completely ok (after all it is in first instance the age of discovery), but very exhausting for (especially very conservative, stubborn, in their opinions very/too much firmed) adults.
Many adults with lower-mediocre skill set often can´t stand, when younger do better than them self (false pride).
The quote is a testament to the perceived knowledge of a teenager whose opinions are as of yet undeveloped, yet teenagers think that if an idea originated in their head that idea must be the wisdom of the ages, and their opinions on any subjects are final.
The writer, at 14, was so self-assured about his own knowledge that when his father contradicted what he thought (which was often, because he was 14 and didn't know much), he thought his father must be an idiot.
As the kid matured and reached the age of semi-reason he perceived his father in a different light, Suddenly after gaining experience with the world he sees that his opinions are starting to agree with his father's opinions. But, rather than say that he himself has matured and learned, he instead says that his father learned a lot in seven years.
So, you see, even at 21, he's not quite there yet. The overblown ego of his teen years has not fully dissipated. The final comment shows he still has a way to go to full maturity and will arrive at that point when he looks back and admits it was he who was stupid,,, not his father !!!