Turkish Tuesdays becomes Adulting Education, but who’s an adult? The 4 Fredoms Project: Phase II

I am now calling the need for Pro Bono Legal Aid and general on-going Financial and Legal Education at the local level by the name of Adulting Ed. This concept of Adulthood is part of Phase II of the Four Freedom’s Project, currently in Phase I.

How do we define who is recognized as an Adult, and why?

Previously, I used 6 criteria to define adulthood.  Each prospective adult must be able to:

1. swim,
2. defend herself both emotionally and physically (and financially as well),
3. think critically and build logical arguments,
4. understand statistics,
5. drive manual (stick-shift) cars. (Also, knowing how to ride bicycles and horses can be useful survival skills.)

These all imply the most important criterion:

6. accepting responsibility to think independently,
taking responsibility for one’s actions and for preventing exploitation.

Personally, I have spent a good deal of time studying each of
the above items, and also reflecting on my own principles. I
believe this reflection to be part of both #3 and #6, as each
adult must know the basis of his or her life principles, if he or
she is to live a fulfilling and stable life. Not only meaning, as
Dr. Viktor Frankl described, but pondered one’s
principles and deciding what gives life meaning, is crucial.

Thus, I believe that the final test for being recognized as an
adult should be to teach someone else a necessary life skill.

For example, swimming, or writing. While across various cultures and societies, adulthood may have to be defined in ways that suit that society, it is also important, in this globalised and highly mobile world, for every adult to be equally able to manage the sorts of transport demanded of him or her. That means that women must be given equal access to cars in parts of Africa where the men are allowed and expected to drive, and vehicles must be available, adapted for various levels of ‘ableism,’ or preferably driverless, where infrastructure permits.

It is not that women who cannot swim or drive are not women, as they are clearly defined as women using other criteria, in their own societies. The problem is that to be capable of meeting the challenges that a mobile society demands of adults, and I mean all around the globe, it is neither safe nor fair to lower the expectations, and thus the actual capabilities, of women in, say, Africa. Or under the Taliban -girls are deliberately prevented from becoming full adults by the denial of education, skills that would save their lives (such as Kuwaiti women driving during the Gulf War, or the many women who drowned disproportionately to men in the Indonesian Tsunami in 2006).

This is not a definition of current adulthood, persay. These points, 1-6, are not meant to define who is NOW an adult, but rather, who should be able to claim the title of adulthood in an equal (yes, IDEAListic) world. This is meant to define an adult in a world where we all have the same opportunities and expectations. Persons with physical handicaps have been able to drive with specially adapted vehicles. Why is this not universally available?

As with food, water, shelter, and solar energy, all of the knowledge and skills available in the Developed World must be shared with the Developing world on an even-handed basis. Then, and only then, can we all consider ourselves adults.

This Adulthood Challenge is described in an earlier post.

This Challenge is meant to be a good bit more than just a project, or even a few hundred hours of volunteering. The idea is to provide a significant challenge that will last long enough for the pre-adult to feel justifiably proud of the accomplishment. An accomplishment that defines the person as a worthy adult.

So, it turns out that …  More on my continuing striving with Adulting next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Imagine two different reasons that you would consider yourself to be (or not to be) an adult.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, if you don’t mind.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
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20 thoughts on “Turkish Tuesdays becomes Adulting Education, but who’s an adult? The 4 Fredoms Project: Phase II

    1. Thank you! I knew I’d forgotten something important! Absolutely! I grew up in cities with metro/subways, so knowing how to navigate public transport came second-nature, and I never even realized that it was something that one had to learn.
      I’d add both public transit and maybe outdoors/woods navigation (map and compass style…), now.

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      1. Yes, public transit and map navigation are both useful skills. I grew up in a rural area with limited public transit. I learned to drive, but I remember the first time I interviewed for a job which required public transit to get to. My unfamiliarity with the public transit meant that I had no idea how long it would take to get to the interview and I wound up arriving quite late. Needless to say, I did not get that job!

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  1. Let’s see: I rode a bike (motorcycle, that is) at 15, got a driver license to drive stick-shift (we didn’t have automatic cars in Russia in those times) at 16, but didn’t learn to ride a horse until almost 50. So when did I become an adult?
    Just kidding, of course. I do agree with your criteria, dear Shira.
    Air hugs,
    P.S. Do small weapons and Martial Arts count?

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    1. Lol! 🙂

      Of course they do: physical self-defense, for me, means that (and as a petite woman, I got thrown around alot by my instructor when ever he wanted to teach a new throw) one is responsible for learning to fend off larger opponents both physically and with weapons (but I had firearms training courtesy of the US military, so I didn’t have to pay for it).
      Personally, I think all kids should be taught Akido or Hap Kido starting around 3 or 4 years of age.

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      1. I am also a petite woman, and I was taught where to hit a big Ukrainian drunk assailer. Small size has its advantages.
        You served in the military? Wow! Which branch?
        As a teenager, I was involved in Jewish underground self-defense groups; that’s where we had the training.
        I agree with you regarding kids. In my school we had Martial Arts group therapy, conducted by a clinical therapist who is also a Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do.

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        1. “Jewish underground self-defense groups” ??!!
          Wow: not The Haganah or the Irgun??
          I spent 3 years reading novels about the Haganah, wishing I could have been part of that effort in the 40s, using my languages for a just cause, but without blowing up hotels.

          I went to the US Naval Academy, but only for 7 months active duty.
          That (MA therapy) is what imho many who’ve endured childhood abuse could really use. Wow, I’ve never met/heard of such therapy!

          Yes, being small can have an advantage, but we do need more training that big/tall ppl (I still recall our Chinese Kung Fu school humiliating a much larger and more bragadocious TKD school: our southern forms and inside fighting styles showed perfectly the imperfections of TKD).

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          1. Actually, the first Hagana was organized by in Zeev (Vladimir) Zhabotinsky in Odessa University in 1905 because of the Black Hundred pogroms. He was also the founder of Irgun in Israel.
            Our groups had no such famous names. In the beginning of emigration (1968 – 1973) Russians wanted to slow down the Jewish “exodus,” so they came up with the infamous “higher education fee structure.” The official reasoning was most Jews were highly educated people, and education in the Soviet Union was free. So now, if they wanted to leave the country, they had to pay back the cost of their education. The fees were not just exorbitant; they were fantastic. That’s when young Jews like myself were organized into groups of three or four to go door to door to raise funds for prospective emigrants. Russians, meanwhile, had “volunteer people’s militia” whose task was to stop us by beating us up. They were liberally supplied with vodka. We were trained to fight back.
            Dr Eric Reznik has developed MA therapy. It was his dissertation. His bio is on Amazon:

            Even though you had only 7 months of active duty, you are still a veteran, which is totally awesome!

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            1. Wow! (and thank you, for the awesome, but those 7 months left me so disillusioned that I nearly lost faith in this country and its ideals)
              Charging you guys for the ‘Brain Drain’ and then thug squads? Did they (the USSR gov, the Russian people, who?) not understand how the hatred drives people to leave?
              Reminds me of the anti-racism commercial I saw during Pres. Carter’s administration (there must have been more, but I only recall 1, a Grandfather asking why a little boy called his ‘Jewish friend’ Jewish, rather than simply ‘his friend.’)

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            2. That, in turn, reminds me of a ubiquitous phrase used by anti-Semites in Russia: “He/she is Jewish, but a nice person.” Don’t you just love this BUT?
              Russian, and especially Ukrainian antisemitism goes back centuries and is so deeply engraved that most people don’t even realize it. There are historical reasons for it, but the hatred promulgated by the Black Hundred, the subsequent pogroms, the two wars, and the obvious fact that, in spite of 2,000 of persecution, Jews have still managed to be the most highly educated group in the Soviet Union (and everywhere else, I might add) runs very deep. Fueled by vodka, it runs even deeper.

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            3. Wow, the Romans managed to really ingrain that hatred all over their empire. But a love of books, reading, commenting, and arguing will always lead to education, even if we can’t help it!! 🙂
              And yes, ‘FireWater’ is a great tool for ruining people.


  2. For #5, from a sustainability perspective, I think an ideal world would have sufficient public transportation that single occupancy vehicles would rarely be necessary.

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    1. Exactly what I’ve been trying to argue, as well, for our future! But in this current state of affairs, and though I’ve refused to own a car since 2003, I think it is still currently a good thing to know how to drive (both auto and manual cars) in case of urgent need for some unforseen reason.

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