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Date Posted: Tue February 26, 2008 19:10:21
Author: Comicality
Subject: I think the halflife situation is mostly about knowledge versus experience....
In reply to: Obsidian_eyes 's message, "For my personal belief" on Mon February 25, 2008 20:03:57

If it comes right down to straight knowledge, I would say that your average teenager would have most adults beat, hands down. Hehehe, I used to be able to study 8 different subjects at once, could memorize the first and last names of half of the kids I went to school with, nearly spoke a second language, and could still quote the Simpsons line for line without flaw. Nowadays I can barely do long division without a momentary brain freeze!

You guys are definitely right about maturity, aalso. There are some adults who are just a naive at 30 as they were at 15. And there are 10 year old kids in war torn countries who can build bombs and already have a body count in the double digits. People learn, mature, and grow, at a different rate. It's just that simple. A blanket rule about when they should crossover is ridiculous. It depends on their circumstances.

The one place where these rules become 'hazy' is when the idea of experience is involved. And I think that's where the halfife stigma comes from. Teens and children might know a lot...but their experience might bezero. And that makes a huge difference. I knew about sex looooong before I actually HAD sex. But does that mean that I wasn't ready for it if it had happened earlier? Would it have ruined my life if my virgin experience had been a year or two sooner? Who knows? Mopre importantly, who's to say?

The thing about halflifes is...their experience is growing and standing still at the same time. For example, Taryn is actually in his 20's in real life. His experiences have matured him and helped to grow wise. But as far as your average 'life' is concerned, Taryn is still a teenager in many ways. He hasn't had driving lessons, or school dances, or college courses, or a steady job, or adult relationships to really create a change in the way he acts. He's still basically a teenager, surrounded by other teenagers. It's a complex development that I think about sometimes when I'm writing, where Taryn is old enough to know certain things, and young enough NOT to know certain things, and the teens at the lot sort of have this constant struggle between being adults and being kids. Especially with Bryson, who's forced to be more adult than the others in order to keep some kind of order at the lot.

So, yeah, those are my thoughts. To be continued, I guess. Thanks for your answers! I really loved the input! It helps!

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