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Licensing Adults

July 3, 2076. An America chastened by the crises of the 21st Century is about to celebrate its Tercentenary. No longer the sole superpower, it has abandoned its role of global policeman to a more mature U.N. and is now using its limited funds for the needs of its people—more Denmark Anno 2011 than the United States of that era. Congress has just enacted a National Maturity Test, better known as the Adult Licensing Act. Unless a citizen passes this multi-phasic exam, he or she may not open a bank account, purchase or drive a motor vehicle, matriculate at a college, apply for a salaried job, buy property, run for office, or even marry. As you can imagine, parents, the schools, churches, health clubs, summer camps, tutoring organizations—everyone is teaching to this test. The ten things everyone is required to know and be able to do to qualify as a “mature American”—include (1) RELATING effectively to others. This is one “R” no one born in the 20th Century ever was expected to know. Included are leadership and collaborating skills. (2) SOLVING PROBLEMS efficiently. Research skills are part of this requirement. (3) MANAGING TIME and FINANCES well. Living within one’s means, saving money regularly, and knowing the difference between important and urgent are all de rigueur. (4) Showing SELF-DISCIPLINE in one’s lifestyle, including eating well, sleeping enough, and exercising every day. (5) Understanding and practicing responsible HUMAN SEXUALITY. (6) BEING CHARITABLE. (7) Expressing FORGIVENESS and GRATITUDE on a daily basis. (8) Showing CIVILITY in all one's interactions. (9) Exhibiting a SENSE OF WONDER. And (10) USING POWER WISELY in everything one does. During the first three-quarters of the 21st Century, humankind suffered from a collective lack of these behaviors. The President, a forty-year-old Muslim woman, will sign the bill into law tomorrow.         

4 Comments to Licensing Adults:

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James on Saturday, April 30, 2011 6:59 PM
Well it could be worth a try - sooner than later perhaps ... ;-)
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Aliman Sears on Saturday, April 30, 2011 8:41 PM
The process of being educated about this test with the goal of passing the test may help to raise people's awarness to a small extent. I.e., after much study and coaching, many (probably most) will certainly be able to pass the test. But will passing the test necessarily mean they'll be able to ENACT the test in their lives? Will the quality of life raise substantially for the greater number of people? I'd guess, for the most part, people would still behave in a way which shows that while they knew the material enough to pass the test, they don't know the material at a deeper level so that their behavior is substantially changed. Sorry to be a pessimist. Of course, even if it worked enough to eliminate sorry people like Donald Trump, then it would be a good thing. (I can't believe his Las Vegas political speech last week--every single American who hasn't seen it should look it up RIGHT NOW on the internet!). Aloha!
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Levi on Thursday, May 05, 2011 11:33 PM
I really have to take issue here. You really think the us has given up its role as global policman? Sometime , when they go after Kadafi in Libya and we don't want to look like agressors, the same in the Gulf War, they ask for allies.SOmetimes like Iraq and Afghanistan, they ask for Allies but we are going to do exactly what we want. I'll say it again, we go to war every twenty or thirty years no matter what, whether its right or wrong, or we are attacked or as we did in Panama and Iraq, the leader displeases us.I think its naivee to beleive we are anything but an ANglo- Saxon war loving country. If Brfitain could, it would be on the march of conquest again
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