“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.” ― Heraclitus
As the above quote clearly states, change in inevitable. Even in human life, with time, an individual soul and the physical body undergoes change and thus with change, differences and similarities are bound to arise. In the human growth, the change can be broadly broken down into two groups: childhood and adulthood.
Children and adults can be contrasted in how they act and the way they physically respond to situations. Children have been seen to act in a free manner, worrying mostly about them, over time learning to consider other’s views and feelings when completing an action. This is because children have not gone in the real world all by themselves. There is a lot of pressure on adults to conform to act in a certain way, as there is for children, but only adults feel this pressure. With experience and time as children reach adulthood they understand what is acceptable at what times and what is not.
Learning is an unending phenomenon. As we already know, childhood is when you learn about the world and how to survive in it. In adulthood, you can learn the new ways of doing things and improving you way of life. Thus, the concept of learning remains constant both in childhood and adulthood.
For most of a child’s life they are learning the basics of life. Most of the time they are provided with what is needed to survive and they can focus on discovering how the world around them works and how do they have to tackle the series of hurdles in this complex world. The transaction from childhood to adulthood is not possible without having a vast bag of experience that one gets with time. As adults, they will be seen as capable of standing on their own feet, they will have to rely mostly on themselves, and they will be in charge of obtaining what they want and need to be contented. By now they will have realized that they are responsible for their actions and have to choose their own path in life.
Whatever said and done, both children and adults need friends in their life. Friends are that component of life that keeps you sane and helps you to live a normal life. Friends are the ones with whom you can be your own self. Even the adults don’t have to alter their actions to ‘fit’ in the group. You are accepted for the way you are. Some humans who prefer staying alone, in solitude haven’t actually lived their life to the fullest. Friends might change with time, but without friends, childhood and adulthood is incomplete.
Examinations are what that tests you on a particular subject or concept that you have knowingly or unknowingly prepared for over the time in the past. For children, as their basic goal is to learn as much as possible about the world, they are sent to schools. Schools are where they are taught various arts and sciences. They are then tested on whatever they have been taught on a weekly, monthly or even annual basis. For adults, examinations are a different. They are not given a sheet of paper to answer a couple of questions in an allotted period of time. Instead they are to deal with real life situations and make important decisions in their lives. These situations and decisions are the examinations for adults that test them on their presence of mind, smartness level and their awareness about the world. The ones who learn from their own mistakes are the ones who clear this exam but the ones who learn from others mistakes are the ones who ace this exam with flying colors. Thus, though the styles and patterns of giving an examination are different in the stages, the idea of examination remains the same.
Imagination and creativity are some of the few things that everyone is born with but that can be more vividly seen in children as compared to the adults. This is because the children aren’t worked up with the busy schedule and the rush of life as compared to the adults. They have all the time in the world to think of new ideas and share them with their fellows. The adults get over involved with their work and their skill of imagination gradually deteriorates. Even if they get a new idea, they do not have the courage to take a stand and tell the whole world about it. They have this thought that if they try something new; they will be made fun off.
Every child’s dream is to grow up fast and turn into an adult. Turing into an adult opens various doors for them. Some of the common things a child wants are stuff like driving license, voting rights (in democratic countries), the thrill of earning themselves and buying their favorite SUV or bike. However what they don’t know is that life is not all butterflies. The things that they dream about are just the sweet outer layer of the bitter and tough inner layer. After all, all that glitter is not gold. An adult wishes that he went back to being a child as it was that time of his life when he did not have to take care of people but instead, was taken care off. Being a child gives you the privilege of doing whatever you want without the tension of losing a job. Both these phases have their own pros and cons. But what they reap as a child, and the choices they make as an adult shape them into a fine human being that they would be.
Choosing Good Compare And Contrast Essay Topics On Childhood And Adulthood
An interesting type of paper that you may be asked to write is a compare and contrast essay. It is where you will take two different things like childhood and adulthood and find the similarities and differences. You will work to see what things are the same between the two things and what things are different. There are a few ways that you can handle this type of essay. You can look at the similarities or look at the differences or you can look at both the similarities and the differences.
When you are asked to write a compare and contrast essay, you can choose to write it either way but it is really important to make sure that you keep it organized. It is so important to let your reader know whether you are talking about the attributes of childhood or the attributes of adulthood. It will need to be very clear which one you are talking about.
Here are some ways to choose topics for your essay:
- Think about things that adulthood and childhood would have in common. For example, you can talk about how they would handle stress. Compare and contrast ways that adults and children deal with stress.
- Think about what is different between adults and kids. For example, write about how the responsibilities are different. You can discuss how in childhood there are some responsibilities like washing, eating, and possibly cleaning. You can also talk about how there are more responsibilities involved in being an adult as opposed to when you are a child.
- Make a chart and just list everything there is to do with both topics. Then you can start to write a generalized paper discussing the similarities and differences between the two topics. It is a great way to get started and a great way to find a focus for your paper.
When you are writing a compare and contrast paper, you can choose to write in more general terms comparing all aspects of adulthood and childhood. You can also pick one thing and write a paper on that. It may be easier to choose a direct topic to write your paper on. It will be easier to create a thesis statement and keep the paper focused when it is more specific because you are not worrying about all aspects of the two topics.