Who defines the boundary between maturity and immaturity? What defines the age of such things come into being and is it cruel and unusual punishment to prosecute those above and below a certain age for acting according to their personal level of maturity.
(1) Should we as adults condemn those people who are mentally, physically and emotionally able to get gainful employment, because there was once a time where children were exploited. Would it not be more prudent to supervise such young people and allow them to follow their desires if said young person was capable and the environment was structured for the abilities of such people. I’m not talking child labor, but for certain people who have an early grasp on reality such as Mozart had, under the tutelage of his father.
(2) Should maturity be taken into account for those who have sex with anyone below the age of consent? Should there be perimeters set which allows persons withing a set age group to be consensual, lets say both within 5 years of each other and no more than 3 years on either side of the age of consent?
(3) Finally, Should maturity be a factor in criminal trials in which a minor commits a capital crime and if so, what age should the perpetrator be immune from being prosecuted as an adult?