“If 50 is the new 30 when do you turn into an adult?
“Adulthood is yet to be defined. We have different numbers for different purposes, contexts and cultures pegged at 13, 16, 18, 21 “
“You may be 100, but that is no guarantee that you are an adult”
“Most metrics are quite arbitrary and we give undue weightage to numbers”.
“Dealing with the demographic imperative necessitates bringing quantity; quality and time to be reckoned with at one go. Erikson’s eight is too inadequate.”
Most of us may never pass through the gate to adulthood if we define adulthood as maturity to self-regulate, take informed decisions that leads to continuous improvement. Adulthood in the information age is about discerning information from data, the competence to ask the right questions or search. Information is data that kill misinformation that takes us to more order than decay.
Collectively we do not even manifest the wisdom of a single cell in its ability to take care of itself. We are yet to graduate from the level of the clock/ simple machines. Perhaps our institutions partially exhibit some of the characteristics of advanced machines with limited self-regulation.
The cell is to the body as an individual is to the community. Let us look at the issue at this level before proceeding to higher levels of complexity.
Event Process Metric/s
|Stage / Event||Process||Metric/s|
|1||Conception||One-ness, Ignorant bliss||Dreamers|
|2||Birth/death||Duality, Separation, Pain, paradise lost||Conflicts, noise|
|3||Positioned||Purpose Clarity, Work to fun||Silence, voice|
|5||Clock||Mechanical awareness||Rituals, Measurement,Breakdowns|
|7||Cell||Organic life||Increasing order|
|10||Human||Identity, Independence, Freedom||Gender intelligence|
|11||Community||Interdependence||Happiness Index, Community Intelligence|
|12||Meta maps||Accumulated learning||Expertise, Practice|
|13||Aligning with the unknown||Balance||Humility, sustained improvements|
|14||Graduate/Warrior||Catalyst||Adulthood, Continual Renewal, Servant leadership, Reflective|
We are still struggling with improving this tentative proposition. The dialogue is on.
“So what is the new 21”
“60 and in perfect health”
” then the new 74 will be 222+”
“Yes, computationally speaking, otherwise no such limits. You are not your 58 kilos”
“Then what are you?”
” You are your work”
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” -Buddha