Date: Dec 8th, 2017
Motion: THB that adulthood should be redefined as something else than 16, 18 or 21 years of age
Role: PM (gov.)
All of us are awarded so-called Adulthood Points when we grow up. They are fully objective points, even though we might want to have them in a subjective form. They cannot be haggled over or bartered or sold. One will either have them or not have them.
In the following, I will present you with those points. I have divided them up in categories, even though they could just be rattled off in a bullet list of six things. For the sake of clarity, I’m counting them up in this way. I have designed a name for them that begins repeatedly with an A, both in English and in Finnish, as most of the original categories that I came up with started with an A anyway. In English, I have solved this naming problem in using the article a or an at categories that I could not otherwise come up with a name for.
These can be summed up as two things: source of knowledge/skills and source of income.
- Ammatillinen/ammattikorkeakoulun/akateeminen tutkinto (= A Degree, with A-levels completed)
- Ansiot(yö) (= A Source of Income)
are the things an adult owns through loans or fully. A car could be regarded as a folly/unnecessity, but when one thinks about it, it needs to be had, if one is residing in the countryside or a small town. Not having a car would be considered a weakness and a threat, especially in a situation where most of the other adult points were momentously lost through a divorce.
- Asunto (= Apartment/Abode)
- Auto (= Automobile)
refer to the self-realised human relationships around an adult being.
- Av(i)opuoliso (= Amorous Partner)
- Alempi polvi (= A Progeny/An Issue)
These points come together over time, and often fulfillment in one category leads to the opening up of another. For instance, when one has a degree, it is easier to obtain a job (but that is not a necessity). When one has toiled at a job for long enough, it’s quite easy to rent or buy a car. When one has had a relationship for long enough, it’s easier to propose to a person. When one has proposed to a person, it’s not difficult to move under one and the same roof. When a couple has been living under the same roof for long enough, the question of acquiring offspring comes to mind easily. To sum this up, accumulation is the way adulthood is attained. It does not happen overnight but over a period of time. One step leads to the next. Finally, all the six steps of adulthood have been taken.
Now, these categories do not tell the whole story about the issue. One can have full adulthood points and still not be considered a responsible adult who is in control over his or her life. One can be considered a Failure (an F), when one has, for instance ”merely” the following things: a degree from a Janitorial-Sanitational College. A job that pays $999.90 a month. A failed, one-night stand romance. A child in custody of the mother, supported by alimony, when one can afford it. A delapidated apartment that was inherited from one’s parents in the countryside. An automobile that cost $2,000, is rusty, cluttered on the inside, does not have winter tires, is never washed properly and may not go through the next inspection qualifying for traffic. Ticking all of these boxes would qualify one as an adult, and a ”loser”, at the same time.
On the other hand, one can be considered a noteworthy person, even if one did not have a single one of these adulthood points in place. Let us consider an example. Julian Assange is 46 years old. Many people recognize his name. What do we know of him? He may have a university diploma (Bsc or Msc), but it’s more probable that he dropped out of all the three colleges he went to before obtaining it, just like Mark Zuckerberg did. He probably gets his money from donations or capital returns income, as he can’t be employed by a conventional IT firm. He lives at the Embassy of the government of Ecuador, which cannot be considered a bought or rented home but something else altogether. As he’s under house arrest, he couldn’t move around in a car, even if he wanted to. The last time he tried to have carnal relations with women, it ended up in rape charges. Despite these circumstances, he does have 4 children, which he sired during his earlier adult life but which he cannot tend to like a dutiful father. Julian Assange does have but one or two Adulthood Points; yet, he may be regarded as an adult (A) who commands our attention and who has made something out of himself, whether or not we consider him or his deeds a Success story.
Even if adulthood points are awarded without corruption, adults that are being awarded them may exhibit shades of corruptedness nonetheless.
Arvio: Mietin pitkään, olisiko tämä puhe enemmänkin pääministerin (I) vaiko opposition puheenjohtajan puhe (II). Siinä olisi voinut olla aineksia molempiin. Päädyin lopulta nostamaan sen aivan ensimmäisen puhujan rooliin hallituksen puolelle. Sävy on hyvin yleinen mutta sisällykseltään ehkä yllättävä. Pohjalla on spesifinen näkemys, joka on kehittynyt vuosien varrella ja ajan mittaan. Sen pohjalla on mm. fb-messenger-kirjeenvaihto tämän vuosikymmenen alussa, jossa kysyin tytöltä, jonka kanssa olin 1. luokalla, onko hänellä vielä yhtään aikuisuuspistettä. Hän vastasi, että ei ole, mutta juttu ei jäänyt siihen. Muutamassa kuukaudessa ja vuodessa hän hankki kaikki häneltä puuttuvat aikuisuuspisteet. Ilmeisesti kaikki niihin liittyvät prosessit olivat juuri silloin käynnissä ja kypsymässä. Muut puhujat saavat taiteilla sanoillaan haluamallaan tavalla tämän jälkeen. Debatti saattaa jäädä luonteeltaan hyvin avoimeksi ja laveaksi.