Most people, as they age, find that getting older isn’t necessarily one of their favorite experiences. No one really cares for a process that can’t be stopped and is out of their control, but it happens to every one, every moment, of every day. I guarantee if biology allowed it, we’d elect to remain the same at the age of 21 and never age after that, unfortunately it isn’t so lenient. Age isn’t discriminatory and it comes for all of us in varying ways, but still people are always searching for products, medications, and surgeries to make them look and feel younger. I haven’t had to experience this yet, but I do know that there is one uniquely infallible route to take, to not only slow down aging, but to reverse its effects almost entirely.
It’s called Facebook.
This intercollective social media network allows for the complete dissolution of morals and values by any adult who enters this virtual world, therefore, effectively undoing any maturity that age had so generously granted them. It’s a curious little process to watch and intriguing to people who have escaped the degenerative clutches of this mechanism.
The youthfulness that returns in all its glory is decidedly negative though. A person, who was once a moralistic and decorous human, is now an awful juvenile and highly undignified. The outrageous descent into crude language, name-calling, and revolting assessments of other people, is vile at best. Whereas, a modest adult would be able to differentiate their emotions and feelings from improper public displays, this website allows for the reversal of this differentiation.
Let’s take for instance, the feeling of anger. It’s a flooding and wholly consuming emotion, which can easily corrupt and change a person’s normal behavior. Now, an adult who exercises reason and rational thought, knows that the anger is best directed in a conducive manner. If you hope for the resolution to your anger, you have to take advantageous measures to remedy the feeling. Maintaining your cool and calm is absolutely vital to making sure your ends are achieved. Facebook, however, does something a little different. It takes a perfectly grown adult with something to be angry about, and completely transforms them into a spectacle of fit and frustration. We all know he who raises his voice has already lost. The same can be said for an adult Facebook user who whines and whinges about others.
It is interesting to see the vulgar diction that is chosen to be used so very publicly by, what one would assume to be, very grown adults. Just like the one who raises his voice has lost, the person who has to resort to profanity has also, by default, lost. Once you name-call, a person has effectively given up any and all right to potentially be the victor in an “anger” situation. It is a unique display, that is often seen on Facebook by the incredible “adult turned juvenile” phenomena.
One of the most important ingredients, however, for this spectacular youthful transformation, is to create a very particular pattern, one which so frequently includes involving actual real-life young people in your tirade of felicities. Carefully selecting a genuine eighteen year old is one of the best ways to ensure that you can shed your adulthood and methodically squeeze yourself into a metaphorical dress of teenhood. Chances are, you probably don’t fit well in it, but that doesn’t matter. You are officially young again!
Certainly, we all know, nothing comes for free, so with this newfound youthfulness, you’ve sacrificed a few things. You no longer have the ability to grant people grace and the benefit of the doubt, you now only see the immediate superficial events for what they are and cannot stop and consider the endless alternative possibilities. Unfortunately, your dignity and self-respect will also rapidly diminish. It will be chipped away at by every critical comment, every foul word, every baseless accusation, and every exploitation of a human that you know nothing about.
Everyone is different. Some people choose to build beautiful souls out of the elements that they gain through growing up. Building block that are forged through deciding to end cycles of humiliation, to end cycles of disrespect, to end cyles of immaturity and indecency. I readily admire the people who decide to stop hateful behavior dead in its tracks. People who can turn their positivity on in situations of anger towards others. It really truly is incredible.
For those that choose to wear their adolescence as chains, forever binding them to puerile behavior, I leave you with this quote:
“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity” – Eleanor Roosevelt