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Age of Consent

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I tend to think that 30 is about right. By 30, if you don't know what you're doing or you make a mistake, it's your own fault. Before 30, you can make errors because you just don't know.

True, some people can wisely decide before 30 but I suspect that this is mostly luck. Others, 30 years of age or more, consistently make bad decisions - and this is not chance. Anyone over 30 has had ample time to learn.

Humans being human, I think that people over 30 should be held responsible for their decisions.

How relevant is this? A democracy requires a simple rule to decide who can put a ball in the large jar from which our politicians randomly draw to determine who will be our next leader, for the next few years.

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Humans being human, I think that people over 30 should be held responsible for their decisions.

Who's responsible for their decisions until then?

Who do I sue for damages if a 29 year old vandalizes my property?

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Who's responsible for their decisions until then?

Who do I sue for damages if a 29 year old vandalizes my property?

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While I should really avoid yet another one of these types of threads I must ask you: really?

The premise of the thread is stupid (note to moderators: I am not calling the poster stupid, but the content).

And you wish to engage with this nonsense?

Gah! A pox on you and August.

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I think it should depend on more factors than just age. Left handed or right handed? Male pattern baldness? Who's your favourite movie star?

There's so much to take into account.

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While I should really avoid yet another one of these types of threads I must ask you: really?

The premise of the thread is stupid (note to moderators: I am not calling the poster stupid, but the content).

And you wish to engage with this nonsense?

Gah! A pox on you and August.

Sorry. Once again I forgot the

/sarcasm.

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"Consent" for all things? Sex, voting, drinking?

I think ideally that age should NOT even be a qualifying factor for most significant things but that maturity be the guiding concept. We have this in part through things like licence requirements for driving (with a minimum age also) licences whereby we have to prove a minimum understanding. It is hard to actually put in place rules of 'maturity' though. Age is just an unfortunate expedient unless others could somehow figure out a way that most people would agree to as measures of 'maturity' for things like voting, procreation, or other freedoms.

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