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MAIN STREAM Reading Course Lesson2 Is It Better to Be a Child or an Adult?

Lesson 2 Is It Better to Be a Child or an Adult?

< Part 1 pp. 17-18 >

Is it better to be a child or an adult? Have you ever asked yourself that question?

Most people, when they are young, can’t wait to grow up.

Yet many adults look back on their childhood with nostalgia. Why?

When we are young, we see adults as having freedom and power.

They can make decisions for us.

They can tell us what to do, and if we don’t do it, they can punish us.

They can do things that we cannot do, like driving cars.

They also have economic power: they can decide what things to buy for themselves and for us.

When we are a little bit older, we begin to realize that this apparent freedom is an illusion.

Of course, in theory, adults can go wherever and do whatever they want, but in practice adults are often weighed down with so many responsibilities that they do not feel free at all.

In addition, adults have worries that the child could never imagine.

For instance, if a mother refuses to buy a toy for her child, saying that she doesn’t have enough money, the child really does not understand.

The child thinks that his or her mother can buy anything she wants; if there isn’t enough money, she can get some more. 子どもは,母親が何でも自分が欲しいものを買うことができ,たとえお金が十分にないとしても,もっとお金を手に入れることができるものだと思っている。

Only when we are older can we understand what it means to have financial worries.

addition 追加,追加分
apparent 見たところ,明白な
bit 少し,ちょっと,
childhood 子ども時代,子どもの身分
decision 決定,決心,判決
economic 経済(上)の
freedom 自由,解放
illusion 錯覚,幻想,幻覚
nostalgia 追憶,郷愁,なつかしさ
punish ~を罰する,ひどいめにあわせる
responsibility 責任
theory 理論,推測,学説
weigh 悩む,打ちひしがれる,~をよく考える
whatever (~する)物(事)はなんでも(みな)
worry 心配する
financial 財政上の,金融上の
instance 例
refuse 拒絶する,~を与えることを断る
look back on ~を追憶する
make a decision 決定する
of course もちろん
in theory 理論上は
in practice 実際は
be weighed down with ~ ~で気がめいる
in addition その上
for instance 例えば


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