Independence: Pro & Con
Despite its obvious benefits, independence is nonetheless a mixed blessing.
On the positive side, it enhances our individuality by leaving us free to think,
believe, say, and do as we wish. But on the negative side, it endangers our
individuality by forcing us to accept responsibility for our errors of judgment.
So how can independence be properly enjoyed? I propose that young people
in their twenties, thirties, and even forties, need wise mentors who can guide
them in life. Ideally, parents should participate in the selection and
supervision of these mentors. Realistically, we never outgrow our need for
Competing interests: No competing interests