Monday, April 08, 2013

Rite of Passage

An article on today's BBC website speaks of the fake ID as an American rite of passage (link). What archetypical rites of passage exist in other societies & cultures? (Or what are others from the USA?). What signifies a young person is 'cool' -- or what becomes important for self development?

When I was a USA young'un,  getting a drivers license as soon as possible was important. In my state, earliest possible was 16½ years old if completing certified driver's education training. I got my license the first week eligible.

Stories of owning (and using) a fake ID strike a chord... back when drinking age was 18.

The above two 'rites of passage' don't mix well together. Fortunately, I've no personal horror stories to relate.