In the growth of a person, as a child the sense of taste is developed. One also explores various things in the world which is totally new to one. Having seen, explored, one likes to be independent. A child totally dependent on mother and nearby ones, slowly starts becoming independent. Lot of experience one gathers in this stage. Mananeeya Ekanthji says :
The child at this stage becomes an independent unit in certain respects only. It still does not understand what is good or bad, what is right or wrong, what is congenial or not congenial. It is not capable of taking any decision by itself. It is only at the age of twenty-one when it has reached adulthood, according to law, that it is taken for granted that its faculties are fully developed. As a matter of fact, until the wisdom tooth is cut, a child is hardly a grown-up person. But the law has to decide on some age and arbitrarily it has been fixed as twenty-one (now it is eighteen). When a child becomes a major, it can then sign contracts and enter into other practical business agreements. But till then it is not capable of valid discrimination and therefore all its actions are taken to be legally invalid. The minor does not understand what is congenial to its self-interest and what is detrimental. Worldly wisdom has not still dawned on him and he is quite ignorant of the proprieties.
All these appear to be true equally to a new entrant in the service field. One needs to see, explore and slowly graduate oneself to take independent decisions. Due to earlier experience, one may take less time. But some time is needed to understand what is what. Ekanthji further says :
The real man of the world must know how to behave and to safeguard his interest. So long as this worldly wisdom has not been learnt by anybody, he is under-developed. A man of worldly wisdom knows how to speak, what to speak and where and to whom to speak and also whom to approach for proper guidance.
Here is an important lesson of 'how, what, where,whom' of public life.