Parents asking if one has done her chores, coaches yelling the next point depends on you, teachers assigning essays and peers pressuring one into going against ones values and beliefs are all part of a teenagers life. Daily life is very hectic for most people, especially teenagers. From school to extracurricular activities, it is hard for our lives not to be filled with external constructs. I agree with the statement, “Our lives are ruled by external constructs.” Parents, the clock, and technology run most of today’s generation and their lives.
Our parents rule our lives until the age of 18 and/or while we live under their roof. Since one was born, ones parents have brought them up. They limit our freedom by setting restrictions on what we can and cannot do, curfews, values, etc. Sometimes our lives are also being ruled in order to honor and please parents. “Honor your father and your mother” (Bible, Exodus 20:12). This is especially hard for teenagers, as they want to receive more freedom. The parents must be able to slowly remove that external construct from the teenagers’ life, in order to help them succeed in life.
To remove the clock from our lives today would be very close to impossible. “I must govern the clock, not be governed by it” (Golda Meir). The first thing in the morning that one hears is the external construct of the alarm clock. From that point on, ones day consists of running on time. During the school day, we sit in class for a certain amount of time and when we heard the bell, we get up, and go to the next class. We are in a way like robots, programmed to move when the clock says go. Our lives are scheduled around the clock; we depend on the clock to set amounts of time to do sports, homework, watch television, etc.
Technology, whether it is a computer, a cell phone or a television, is all around us. It used to be a fun pastime, or a device to help us with our life. Now it has overtaken us and is controlling us. It is very scarce that a...