About age two, that previously sweet baby learns the power of the word NO! It may be followed by “Don’t touch that”, but once the child hears NO, he realizes that he must obey or refuse. Refusal seems the more instinctive reaction.
Fast forward to the teen years. NO returns from both parents and teens. Whereas the toddler results to tantrums, teens yell and slam doors or they go passive/aggressive with sighs, rolling eyes, and shoulder shrugs. “Whatever” becomes a standard response of disdain.
Then came the pandemic which has turned many adults back into teens or toddlers. “You’re not the boss of me,” they metaphorically shout to anyone that recommends or mandates ideas ranging from masks and social distancing to getting a vaccine. Instead of the passive/aggressive response of many teenagers, they respond with fistfights on airplanes, sermons from pulpits and government buildings, and disregard for previously respected scientists and medical professionals. The only winner is the mutating COVID virus.
I'll do it when I'm ready You're not the boss of me You'll never be able to show me things I don't want to see Why do you always tell me the things I need to do? You can talk till the cows come home you're message will not get through. I'd rather die than listen to things I know aren't true At least what I read on the Internet is not advice from you. This is supposed to be the land of the brave and the free So I'll keep on doing just what I want 'cause you're not the boss of me. I'll continue doing what I believe is best Even if it kills me But I'm willing to take that test.