@Dish : Your post is awesome, I have some comments though
Then you hit the rebellious adolescent years, where you start to try thinking for yourself (though more often than not you're just pushing back against authority)
Most kids starts rebelling against authority at the age of 2, and never ever stop from there. I never understood why teen-ages were supposed to be more "rebel" than other age groups.
Especially people in the generations that is our parents (or for the youngest of us our grandparents) of post 1968 were known as rock-listening rebels, we grew up educated by rebels and rebellion became the norm so this very concept doesn't make sense anymore.
As much as I approve your views about life experiences, I'd add that some people are better at learning and willing to learn from their mistakes. I for instance am absolutely terrible at that but other peopel might be worst. Also some people will socialise a lot and learn through other, older people's experience, which makes it (technically) possible to be somewhat wise at a youg age. I personally think it is very important to socialise with people which are both younger and older than one self.
But if you're 17, I probably wouldn't want to hang out with you and/or have these discussions with you IRL. And yeah... it's simply because of your age. Maybe that makes me shallow... but whatever. I don't care. I have more important things to worry about.
I guess being with an individual teenager wouldn't bother me. But groups
of teenagers tends to be annoying indeed.
My personal story of those last 10 years is particularly interesting in this regards, I used to be a bachelor student, then a master student in the same large university, now I am an employee at said university. I'm on this place since almost 10 years, and today I see how the youngest students are annoying and immature, although 10 years ago I was exactly the same.
I mean, it certainly isn't criminal. But a 15 year old hooking up with a 22 year old? The 22 year old gets thrown in prison while the 15 year old is treated as a blameless victim
Well, when I was 18 years old I was really in love with a younger girl which was only 14, and back then I suffered a lot about it, because the society made me feel like a paedophile, which I wasn't. (my interest in her eventually vanished completely so the story stopped there). But I just want to testify that when we're young it is indeed possible to feel genuine love for girls younger than you which are below 18 without being a paedophile. However I fully agree it would be inappropriate to have intercourse this early, even if the love is genuine.