^LOL! Well... some 17 year olds think. I know I sure didn't when I was 17.
Well, they do think better than sixteen-year-olds, who in turn think better than fifteen-year-olds. That's something to be thankful for, at least. That, and that most seventeen-year-olds eventually turn out all right, sometimes in spite of their best efforts to the contrary.
Really, though, if you want to see humanity at its finest, watch a young person on the verge of adulthood, striving to be an equal with all other people, to contribute to the world at large and to her own peers especially--and yet held back by her own limitations, unable to experience the world as it truly is. When I've become frustrated by dealing with children, I can only think of how terribly frustrating it must be to be a child, to want so badly to do things that are simply beyond one's capability. There are no bad kids: all children want to push the limits of their own abilities, but they do not understand why those limits are in place, and what lies beyond them. They want to experience such things for themselves, despite the warnings of adults stupid enough to cross them when we were children. Sometimes the only way is to let them fall and get hurt, and hope that's enough for their children not to make the same mistake.
Sometimes I think it's pretty hard being an adult, too.