Intellectual maturity

Except for those very rare cases of early intellectual maturity (and I was never one of those), when a young person reads about politics, religions and society, it’s NEVER about seeking knowledge of objective reality.

Instead, they seek VALUES AND IDEALS that may help define their personality before the world. From this ideological egocentrism, two trends that are typical of young people’s style of discussion can be discerned:

a) love for the most abstract and generic classificatory terms;

b) compulsion to judge everything as good or bad, to “take sides” even regarding remote hypothesis or non-existent possibilities.

That this phenomenon prevails among the young does not prevent it from appearing among adults who have not reached intellectual maturity.

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Translation:

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