Rebellion is vital step toward independence

David Hancock, Staff Writer

“We’re not gonna take it. No! We’re not gonna take it!” This famous line from an ’80s rock band named Twisted Sisters pretty much sums up teenage rebellion.

Although most teens are excited about the idea of fighting the power and rebelling against the tyranny of “The Man,” psychologist Dr. Carl E Pickhardt argues that rebellion is actually a vital part of teenage growth and development.

“The two common types of [teenage] rebellion are against socially fitting in (rebellion of non-conformity) and against adult authority (rebellion of non-compliance.)” Pickhardt said in his article in “Psychology Today.” “In both types, rebellion attracts adult attention by offending it.”

In this sense, rebellion doesn’t appeal to all teenagers, as many see no point in rebellion if it just gets more attention from adults in the end anyways. Teenage rebellion sounds childish and destructive to these people.

“I don’t really rebel,” senior Jason Mai said. “I don’t see the value in it.”

Despite whatever opinions on rebellion one may have, none can argue against its ability to reshape society.

“A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing,” one of history’s most renowned rebels, Thomas Jefferson, said.

Unfortunately for all the young revolutionaries out there, Pickhardt has some additional comments on teen rebellion.

“Although the young person thinks rebellion is an act of independence, it actually never is,” Pickhardt said. “It is really an act of dependency. Rebellion causes the young person to depend on doing the opposite of what other people want.”

The American Revolution is a famous example of the good form of rebellion: rebelling with a cause. Dr. Pickhardt means to say that it is senseless to rebel when there is no real injustice to rebel against.

“When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty,” Thomas Jefferson said.

The colonists of 1776 had a reason to rebel. The people of the Civil Rights movement had a reason to rebel. The citizens living under the Empire a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away had a reason to rebel! Only through the looking glass of history can the world really tell which era of rebels are shining warriors fighting for a great cause or whiny punks who hate everything and just create trouble, and even that distinction varies by person.

The difference between teenage rebellion and adult rebellion is cause. Only when the cause is justified can the rebel be justified, and only when a rebel is justified is he truly independent.

Life has enough problems without needing to create more by rebelling without a cause.