06 May Live Longer. Learn More. Less Listeners. Less Credibility
It might be a sad truth of human thinking (human connections) that as a person lives longer and knows more, other people listen to them less. Maybe it’s an age thing in our younger-facing culture. Maybe it’s a potential calculus, like no old human can fulfil all the possibility a youth could become. Maybe it’s an aesthetic, like the elderly get fat, slovenly, bent down by life. I’m not sure why it seems to work this way. But I’ve observed it nonetheless.
When I was a teenager and 20something proselytizing my take on “this is how the world works” or “you should consider this solution” people would listen and strain their brains to follow the logic and understand what I was saying; with such conviction.
Maybe that’s why older people cling so tenaciously to their higher positions in whatever hierarchy they’re in – college professors, company executives, senior researchers, political leaders, blah-de-blah…
Because as they turn their “time” in the game into material gain, e.g. promotions up the ladder of institutional and institutionalized hierarchy, it offsets the natural inversion of attention I’ve described above. Young tendency to dismiss the old as stupid, slow, not worth wasting time on (prosaically correct, I suppose!) always talking bolx is forced to retreat by the older person’s seniority in a mutual hierarchy.
Depending on the personality of the young and the old individual, we get degrees of good grace in accepting the need to listen or while dispensing knowledge without condescension or in receiving instruction without resentment etc. Arse over tip if you ask me.
Coming Together isn’t kumbaya. It’s simply glib bullshit with so many millions struggling with the bare necessities. Talk about competing with China, wtf. Give people a route out of destitution. Get over the America myth bullshit. It’s a scam. It’s the glittering facade of a Vegas casino, and you ain’t the House.
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” – Arundhati Roy
Most offensive thing about #Coronavirus is the trembling trampling paranoia of human beings doing anything possible to avoid perceived risk of infection. Fights over toilet rolls. Vaccine💉 gimme gimme. Fascist mask rules. Etc… It’s craven self-worship. “Me, me, important!” 👑