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Adulthood or Childhood?

Adulthood 16 51.61%
 
Childhood 15 48.39%
 
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Childhood.



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Ughh... The little grey area inbetween? Not the awkward part or the popularity contest. It's something else, a year give or take. Maybe that bit?



They're actually not that different. As a child you basically deal with exactly the same hardships and assholes as you do as an adult. I don't think children have it any easier than adults, the focus is just slightly shifted.



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Without reading the thread, I'm gonna say adulthood.
Childhood was fun and everything was fresh and new. Adulthood is when life became whatever I made it and I'm pretty happy with it.

The only thing I really miss about childhood are some of the people I loved that are no longer here. If I could go back, I wouldn't even be able to enjoy it because I know too much, now. My only worry about adulthood is my daughter and if she is happy or will be happy.

At 43 years old, I vote "adulthood" and it's not even close.



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More people you care about will start dying once you hit adulthood.



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mysteryman said:
More people you care about will start dying once you hit adulthood.

But in adulthood you get a lot more people to care about. More friends, more family members, children, spouses etc.



Farsala said:
mysteryman said:
More people you care about will start dying once you hit adulthood.

But in adulthood you get a lot more people to care about. More friends, more family members, children, spouses etc.

I guess that's one thing you don't have in childhood.



This is a cop out, maybe, but the answer is: it depends.

Childhood can be amazing... but it can also be crushing. If you're in the wrong circumstances, with the wrong family, there's really nowhere to turn. You just have to wait and hope you survive (both physically and mentally/emotionally). In adulthood, if you're in the wrong circumstances you can work to change them (no matter how difficult that might be). At the same time, you accept the burden of responsibility for your own situation, and perhaps that for your family, too -- not just financially and legally, but spiritually, too. A kid can confidently blame his parents or his teachers or whatever, for his setbacks, but an adult blames himself (deep down inside, at the very least, and whether fair or not). And that blame is heavy to bear.

What I enjoyed most about childhood, in retrospect, and wish I could get back, was the innocence. I didn't understand just how awful things and people could be, and the genuine sense of optimism that was a core part of my character both kept me enthusiastic and hopeful. Now, fairly deep into adulthood, I've seen too much of how mean people can be, how careless, how petty, how intolerant, how vicious.... I bet some other people are motivated by the same sort of things, motivated to fight against them, but I just don't like fighting, and it drains me. Leaves me hollow.

Still, I can't say that I preferred childhood. Childhood utterly lacks perspective; you don't know what you have in childhood until it is mostly lost, and as a child I spent too much time focused on what I lacked, rather than appreciative for what I had, like seemingly everyone else. At least as an adult, I can try to recreate the things I valued as a child with understanding and appreciation of them, rather than taking them for granted. Even if only somewhat successfully. And as a parent, I can try to give those things to my own child, even though I know she will neither understand nor appreciate them until it is basically too late to really enjoy them. It's the circle of life or something.



donathos said:
This is a cop out, maybe, but the answer is: it depends.

Childhood can be amazing... but it can also be crushing. If you're in the wrong circumstances, with the wrong family, there's really nowhere to turn. You just have to wait and hope you survive (both physically and mentally/emotionally). In adulthood, if you're in the wrong circumstances you can work to change them (no matter how difficult that might be). At the same time, you accept the burden of responsibility for your own situation, and perhaps that for your family, too -- not just financially and legally, but spiritually, too. A kid can confidently blame his parents or his teachers or whatever, for his setbacks, but an adult blames himself (deep down inside, at the very least, and whether fair or not). And that blame is heavy to bear.

What I enjoyed most about childhood, in retrospect, and wish I could get back, was the innocence. I didn't understand just how awful things and people could be, and the genuine sense of optimism that was a core part of my character both kept me enthusiastic and hopeful. Now, fairly deep into adulthood, I've seen too much of how mean people can be, how careless, how petty, how intolerant, how vicious.... I bet some other people are motivated by the same sort of things, motivated to fight against them, but I just don't like fighting, and it drains me. Leaves me hollow.

Still, I can't say that I preferred childhood. Childhood utterly lacks perspective; you don't know what you have in childhood until it is mostly lost, and as a child I spent too much time focused on what I lacked, rather than appreciative for what I had, like seemingly everyone else. At least as an adult, I can try to recreate the things I valued as a child with understanding and appreciation of them, rather than taking them for granted. Even if only somewhat successfully. And as a parent, I can try to give those things to my own child, even though I know she will neither understand nor appreciate them until it is basically too late to really enjoy them. It's the circle of life or something.

The thread kinda died but I just wanted you to know that this is an excellent post.



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That's a tough one!

Childhood is intrinsically better, no contest here. A that age, humans have not been corrupted yet by human culture and society's brainwashing.

But the downside is you don't really realize it until you are an adult.

So adulthood could be in some cases a good thing when you are intelligent/wise enough to "understand" some things and not be sucked in human culture and such brainwashing. At the same time if you are weak minded, adulthood is the worst as it's the time you can totally become submitted to human culture or religion or politics and start justifying horrible things in the name of politics or religion.