In the hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where their family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber. “I’m afraid I’m the bearer of bad news,” he said as he surveyed the worried faces. “The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It’s an experimental procedure, very risky, but it is the only hope. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the brain yourselves. The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a great length of time, someone asked, “Well, how much does a brain cost?” The doctor quickly responded, “$5,000 for a male brain, and $200 for a female brain.” The moment turned awkward. Men in the room tried not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women, but some actually smirked. A man unable to control his curiosity, blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, “Why is the male brain so much more?” The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, “It’s just standard pricing procedure. We have to mark down the price of the female brains, because they’ve actually been used.”
One of the things that adults discover when it comes to teenagers is that they can look like you, dress like you, sound like you; but seldom do they think like you. So depravity aside, what is the strange thought process that makes a teenager at times do irrational, foolish things? Well, science thinks it has part of the answer. It’s called neuromaturation or how the brain matures. …
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You see, the brain is basically made up of two parts: grey matter and white matter. The grey matter is that part of the brain that learns – stores information. The white matter is that part of the brain that thinks – reasons out. Now the grey brain matter (learning part) reaches its full developmental stage at age 11 to 12, but the white brain matter (thinking part) doesn’t reach its full developmental stage until age 21 to 22. So, whereas the adult possesses both full learning and full thinking ability within their skull, the teenager inside his or her head has full learning ability, but lacks full thinking ability. So the next time as an adult you say in frustration to an adolescent,
“What in the world were you thinking?”
“Anyone who had half a brain could see.”
“Next time, use the brain God gave you!”
Remember, they don’t yet have everything up there that you do. This is not an excuse, just an explanation.
And this may explain in part what was written of our Saviour at age twelve. The Bible says in Luke 2:53 (And Jesus increased in wisdom…) meaning the white side of his brain was catching up with the grey side.
What does an adult do in the meantime? Don’t sing (“Oh what’s the matter with kids today, why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way, oh what’s the matter with kids today?”) just survive.