Lone Soldier

Most teenagers are given everything they need to survive from their parents. Whether it’s financial aid, food on the table, an education, and overall someone to support them throughout their life. A majority of parents shield their children from the realities of the world. Protecting their kids from the hard truth can hurt, rather than help.

In All Quiet On The Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque, it states “… we distinguished the false from the true, we had suddenly learned to see. And we saw there was nothing of their world left. We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see through.” In this quote, it is evident that the narrator finally understands how to tell the right from the wrong. He finally sees the world for what it really is, not what someone else told him it would be. He further explains that there is nothing left of the world generations before him spoke about. Nothing but the mere experience of being alone in the world can prepare you for it. It is through this transition that you must navigate and create your own path. Most people nowadays experience this transition into the real world after they graduate.

As information is fed to children throughout their entire lives, they only truly learn the rights from the wrongs when they see it for themselves. The world is constantly changing. The information parents tell their children is not always relevant to what they are going to experience. No matter what childhood you had, how prepared you may be, the real world is a scary place and can be difficult to handle.

Student learning is a great example. It is through the hands on experiences that students learn the most and retain more knowledge. Knowledge is only retained from grasping and transforming experience. This sense of experience learning is instilled in people from the very beginning.

During the process of growing up, one must experience things on their own. It’s not easy to grow up when the truth has always been hidden. When parents filter the information they offer, to what they believe their child can handle, it steers them away from understanding the realities of the world. It is then learned the hard way when you step into the real world and realize there is no one left to protect you but yourself. Like the soldiers on the western front, everyone battles through life alone.

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