Vanity vs. Honesty
When we are young, we are told what is right and what is wrong. We do what our parents tell us, and most of the time, tell the truth. If a young child does something wrong, they are usually aware of their mistakes and after being asked once or twice, they confess to what they did wrong. Kids also like to be their own person. They want to dress themselves, brush their teeth by themselves, and they even begin to go to friend’s houses by themselves. As kids, we are very detailed. We describe the color of the shirt everyone was wearing and give exact details of what was going on. Also, kids don’t have the pressure to be “perfect.” They don’t strive for the perfect body or the perfect outfit. Kids only care about themselves and don’t care what other people think of them because they don’t know any better.
As we grow older, we begin to focus more on what the world thinks of us, and we stray away from what we were told when we were little. Teenagers begin to care what other people think of them. They want to be a part of the “in crowd” at school. Many times, teenagers will do things they do not believe in to get what they want. Girls will become anorexic to get the body like a celebrity because that’s what they are told they should look like. When we are young kids, we tell our parents the truth and what we did at a friend’s house when we spent the night. By the time kids reach middle school or high school, when asked by a parent what they did last night, teenagers usually lie…or just don’t explain everything that happened. Teenagers leave out details; They might say that they went to someone’s house and hung out. But they leave out the fact that they were drinking and smoking with many other teens, to avoid getting in trouble. Every teenager knows what is right, and what is wrong. But teenagers get that “gut feeling” when they know they’re about to do something wrong, yet they still choose to do it because all their friends are...
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