What makes older people criticize young people? What is the animus that so many
older people have towards young people? Is envy based upon lost opportunities the basis for this criticism and animus expressed towards young people?
I can't answer for other "older people" only myself. I have no animus towards any of today's youth they are no different than my youth, except for the technology and education available.
Envy is the sorrow of fools. I do not envy the youth of today, I had my youth yesterday, and the youth of today will have their old age tomorrow.
The only difference between youth and old age is just age. What you are asking me today will be asked of you someday.
Will you remember tomorrow what you have asked today?
As I grow older I realize that young people are, in general at least, complete idiots. I was too. At the time I didn't see it, but now from this perspective it's pretty obvious. And hey, it's not like the young don't criticize people older than them, because they do. It's just a perspective thing, and depending where you fall on the spectrum, different age groups seem silly and even dumb.
When I was younger I criticized older persons.
Now I'm older I criticize everyone.
When I was young I thought I knew it all.
Now I'm older I know that I know so much and it's nothing at all.
In general . . . "the grass is always greener over the septic tank." Erma Bombeck
We criticize that which is at a distance, for lack of understanding.
When we understand that it is distant, we criticize the distance.
When we close the distance, we criticize that which we understand.
The more we know the more we know we don't know.
Youth allows blissful ignorance.
Age does not allow bliss but as knowledge is gained, the greater is the understanding of ignorance.
Youth is blind to the truth of the world.
Age can either sharpen awareness or blind completely.
Which path is chosen?
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