We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I believe that we all have an immature side which wishes - or sometimes pretends - that our unwise and ill-considered actions might not have negative consequences. Some people have more of that wish, some less. Also, some people learn from bad experience better than others.
(I am not talking about neurotics who unconsciously or semi-consciously invite trouble upon themselves.)
As parents, we often have to invent consequences, eg a spanking if they run into the street, or grounding if they defy a curfew. However, the best teacher of consequences isn't parental discipline: it's Mr. Reality, aka The School of Hard Knocks.
As a parent of young kids, this was good stuff. With adolescents - less so. For whatever reason (and I remember going through this period myself) adolescents are sometimes willing to put up with lousy consequences, IF they feel what they were doing was "worth it". Perhaps it's the testing of limits, perhaps it's the feeling of immortality, I'm not sure. But watching my 15 year old do the stupid (yes, truly stupid) things he does - I have no idea what goes through their minds.
And yet I remember doing similar things as a 15 year old! I just don't remember what I was thinking. Maybe "I can get away with this" is a common theme.