twenty one.

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I turned 21 about 2 weeks ago. This is supposed to be a monumental occasion in a persons life because you’re allowed to legally consume alcohol…and that’s about it. What I think is interesting is where the age 21 actually came from. Because it seems rather arbitrary. Why are you any different at 21 than you were at 20 or will be at 22? What does 21 really mean?

Sure there are groups and organizations who believe that at 21 you’ve reached a level of maturity that suggests you can be responsible and take care of your self and make good life choices, but reality suggests that some people at 15 can do that, and some people at 55 still can’t do that.

I haven’t been able to find any hard evidence for this, but this is what my Theory of Knowledge teacher said my senior year of high school, on where the age 21 came from. In Medieval Europe, 21 was a monumental age. At age 7 you became a page and were sent to a village to learn the fighting skills required. At 14, this child became a squire and continued his education on becoming a knight. At this point he is given to a knight and kind of acts as his personal assistant. At ripe old age of 21, he was then able to be come a knight.

And that’s where the age 21 comes from. See, it seems rather dated and useless, but I guess people still think it is applicable!

At any rate, I turned 21. I could be a knight. Awesome, now I just need to find a suit of armor.

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