To most of us, adulthood means being able to earn a living, possess a home, get married and rear children, and this implies having autonomy or control over one’s life. In the 19th century, becoming an adult was celebrated as a liberation from paternal authority. Today we regard it more as a time of regret and stagnation.
Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age.
The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.